The Wellness Institute for Self-Enhancement (W.I.S.E.)
Find your Healthy Lifestyle Balance

How do YOU define a healthy lifestyle?

Could all that information about healthy living and nutrition actually be unhealthy...even leading to many of our most frustrating problems?


In the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, many people have become less healthy overall.  Perceptions about what constitutes healthy eating or healthy living vary dramatically...and everyone's an "expert".  If you are exhausted and confused by the barrage of "trendy healthy lifestyle information", it is time to get off that crazy train.  Healthy living is far simpler and more enjoyable than the prevailing message conveys.

What is a Healthy Lifestyle?

Although my first area of expertise was nutrition, it didn't take long for me to see that having a healthy lifestyle is much deeper than eating and exercise.  Awareness of and regulation of thoughts and feelings is crucial to true health, which includes mental, emotional and physical aspects.  The mental and emotional components deeply affect physical health as well.

I remember when I first decided to study nutrition, in hopes of one day helping others with some sort of wellness program.  Back then I, too, was caught up in the social messages of  good and bad foods, mandatory exercise, and the constant fear of my untrustworthy body doing something crazy at any time.  I was the proverbial "health nut"...and I was pretty proud of it.  Unfortunately, I bought into the idea that eating patterns and exercise and body somehow indicated my value as a person. This belief derailed my happiness and well-being for years.

I've found over time that even people who do not have food or body issues tend to have the same underlying struggles.  Self-image, anxiety, depression, meaning, identity, relationships and life-purpose are part of most people's lives.  Our society gives few clues on how to handle these big lessons.  Sometimes the only people who get to work on these things are those who really spiral out of control.  No one should have to hit 'rock bottom' before having access to therapeutic growth opportunities.  Every person benefits from understanding themselves better.

Now a fully recovered former trendy-nutrition guru (when I was an 'expert' prior to getting an actual nutrition degree), I have gone on to work in the areas of identity and purpose, mood issues, life-transitions, eating disorders, weight issues, and overall wellness. 

--Jennifer Pereira, LPC, RD, LD

    Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered/Licensed Dietitian



Individual Counseling/Therapy & Nutrition Counseling

*We are happy to provide psychotherapy and/or nutrition counseling, both online as well as locally in the office. We periodically offer group classes in the office. Our office locations include:

Central Austin

3811 Bee Cave Rd, Suite 200

Austin, TX 78746

West Austin

7063 Comanche Tr

Austin, TX 78732


Contact Us at:

(800) 789-7703

(817) 584-5399 (cell--can receive texts for convenience)

FAX: (817) 200-7557


Office visit with a clinician--Counselor or Registered Dietitian:

Regular Sessions (45-55 minutes):  $145

Shorter Sessions (20-30 minutes):  $95


*Online or Phone Sessions also available if unable to come to the office.

Please note: In some cases insurance may reimburse part of your session fee. You will be provided with a form to submit to insurance at your visit. We have had many clients who were incorrectly told their insurance would not cover these visits, but they actually were reimbursed for these visits. 

 



 

 Jennifer Pereira  LPC, RD, LD

Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has been in private practice since 2006 providing nutrition therapy, specializing in eating and behavioral food issues.  She later graduated with her Masters in Professional Counseling and is licensed as an LPC. 

Jennifer has worked with clients across the spectrum of weight and wellness:this includes mental, emotional, and physical needs. She is trained in 2 specialized therapeutic and  trauma treatment techniques:  EMDR and ETT.  Nutrition experience and focus ranges from those with anorexia/eating disorders to chronic dieters to those having gastric bypass surgery. It is her goal to help people remember the natural relationship with food and self with which we were all born.

She provides counseling and/or nutrition services through Project Bliss, private practice, and online/phone.



 

The Time is Now...

There just isn't a good time to start the difficult process of healing or growth other than NOW. The best time is always NOW. It doesn't have to interfere with your life and, to be honest, it is going to make your life better, easier and more manageable. Any extra confusion at the beginning will be more than made up for by your improving effectiveness.


That resistance you feel is just the pull of the familiar, it isn't something helpful--just another false answer. Of course your current situation isn't all honey and roses either but it is what you know, it is just the gravitational pull of the habitual, of the known. Too often we cling to what we know even when it is obvious that it isn't what we want or need. 

 

There is a point where we decide to either settle for what we have and make the best of it or to strike out for parts unknown with the certainty that out there somewhere is our destiny, our authentic self. It is challenging. It is exciting. It is scary and it is necessary. You've known that for a long time now. Stepping off is a very unsettling feeling but it leads to the place most of us only dream about - to be healthy, happy and balanced.

Don't keep putting off your search for comprehensive, whole-person healthy lifestyle support, It's not going to get any easier and if you wait around too long, you'll just give in and give up. We're talking about your health and wellness here. What is that worth to you? Imagine how your life would look if you weren't a slave to your emotions and behaviors, and if your past was really finally settled and at peace. 
The time is now and the choice is yours.

 

The best things in life are typically equal parts exciting and scary.




Get Started Today!

 

When you are ready to be your most authentic self, call (817) 584-5399 in order to set up your first appointment. 


In Austin:

7063 Comanche Trail

Austin, 78732

and 

Dr. Ed Tyson's Office

3811 Bee Cave Road

Austin, 78746



Contact us with any questions about eating and behavioral health issues. You or someone you know may be in need of outpatient or residential eating disorder treatment.

Jennifer Pereira LPC, RD -  Therapist & Dietitian

Do you have a problem?

1. Do you worry that you have lost control over how much you eat?

2. Do you make yourself sick (or use laxatives/exercise) if you feel uncomfortably full?

3. Do you currently suffer with or suffered in the past with eating issues?

4. Do you ever eat in secret?

5. Does your weight affect how you feel about yourself?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you are not satisfied with your current eating patterns, contact us for more information.