Find Your Healthy Lifestyle Balance: The Wellness Institute for Self Enhancement
How do YOU define a healthy lifestyle?
Could your efforts for healthy living and nutrition actually be unhealthy...even causing many of your 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 bombardment 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 the 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. I totally bought into the idea that eating patterns and exercise and body somehow indicated my value as a person.
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--you shouldn't have to hit 'rock bottom' before you have 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. Due to the complex nature of overall healthy living, we've added counseling, yoga, creativity, and meditation to our programming and services. The Wellness Institute for Self Enhancement (formerly Nutrition Paradox) provides individual, group, and wellness program options to address the whole person. This is the place to discover comprehensive, lasting enhancement of the awesomeness you already are.
I look forward to our adventures together! --Jennifer Pereira, RD, CSCS, LPC-Intern
Program Director, W.I.S.E.
Here is a snippet of a conversation about Healthy Living, Intuitive Eating and related issues:
"Let me start off by saying how wonderful it was to stumble upon your blog, it is so refreshing to see a professional (aka not Dr. Oz) giving real advice about healthy eating. I appreciate your posts and the nutritional advice you give... there are so many people out there who could use this information!" -Ellen R., Arizona
The Wellness Institute for Self Enhancement (W.I.S.E.) is physically located in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex (and online!) to promote and support the path to self growth and enhancement. Whether you feel stuck in your current situation, you suffer from low self-esteem/anxiety/depression, family and relationship concerns, issues related to food and weight, or simply want to do some inner soul searching... W.I.S.E has a path for you.
W.I.S.E. offers individual, group, community, and family programming. See our programming page for more specifics about the groups offered.
Community Groups are open to the public. These are donation-only groups and we welcome and encourage everyone who is interested to attend. These groups are typically peer-support groups, and are routinely coordinated and hosted by WISE staff members (may not be a clinician).
Current Community Group offerings:
Yoga and Meditation Group--Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30pm
*We are happy to provide psychotherapy and/or nutrition counseling, both online as well as locally in the office. We also offer group classes in the office. Our office is located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, in Arlington, Texas.
Office visit with a clinician--Counselor or Registered Dietitian:
Regular Sessions (45-55 minutes): $125
*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.
Meet Our Clinicians
Jennifer Pereira MA, RD, LD, CSCS, LPC-Intern
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-Intern in order to practice under the supervision of Holly Webb, LPC-Supervisor.
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 W.I.S.E., Project Bliss, private practice, and online/phone.
Casey Voorhies RD, LD
Ms. Voorhies is a Texas Christian University graduate with a BS in Coordinated Dietetics. Her experience in various fields includes clinical, foodservice management, nutrition education, long term care, diabetes, community, and private practice. Her main passion is for working with patients with eating disorders.
Casey is a Registered Dietitian providing individual, group, and family nutrition counseling to achieve a healthy relationship with food. Specialties include eating disorders and disordered eating. Other areas of practice are weight management and general health and wellness. Her style of nutrition counseling utilizes intuitive eating and a non-dieting approach to a healthy and balanced lifestyle. All sessions can be customized on an individual basis.
She provides services through W.I.S.E, Project Bliss, private practice, and online/phone.
Lindsey Reed, Master's-Level Social Work Intern, Program Coordinator
Lindsey is currently working on a Master's degree in Social Work. She plays many roles at WISE, but one of the most critical is that of coordinating all Interns and Volunteers at our facility. Lindsey regularly trains and provides in services for our staff. She also provides many excellent psycho-educational groups for our clients.
Brittany Gilchrist received her BA degree from Baylor University in 2011. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC) at Dallas Theological Seminary. She will become a Licensed Professional Counseling-intern in June 2014. Brittany has a passion for counseling women and working through identity issues, especially relating to anxiety, depression and eating disorders. She is trained in both individual and group counseling. She is excited and humbled to work with W.I.S.E as well as Project Bliss and really believes in the service they provide. Her belief is that eating disorders are an incredibly wide spread issue with too few people fighting back. Additionally, she works as an administrative assistant for Stronghold Ministry, a nonprofit cancer ministry that serves cancer patients all over the world.
Sarah Gifford, Dietary Technician & PR/Marketing Intern
Sarah graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications and Marketing. Sarah is currently in the process of becoming a dietetic technician, registered. After Sarah completes her course work and internship hours she wants to continue working with those suffering from eating disorders as well as work in women's ministry. Sarah interns under the supervision of Casey Voorhies RD, LD and Jennifer Pereira RD, LD.
What does wellness mean to you? The Wellness Institute for Self Enhancement believes that wellness encompasses many different areas of life: mind, body, spirit, relationships and much more. Healthy living should actually be healthy--neurotic eating and exercise patterns or guilt due to the lack of...this is not actually helping anyone have a healthy lifestyle.
The staff at W.I.S.E. have known a lot of people that were waiting for a "better time" to get on their self-work. They have a lot of explanations about why this current moment isn't a good one from already being overwhelmed to, and we love this, clearing my calendar some so I'll have the time. In our experience, people who wait for a good time to get started rarely ever DO get started. They just talk about it.
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. Imagine that often and use it to calm your fears about the unknown. In the final resolution your determination will either motivate and support you or your fears and resistance will defeat you.The time is now and the choice is yours.
The best things in life are typically equal parts exciting and scary.
All groups will be hosted at the WISE community home, located at:
4409 Kelly Elliot Rd.
Arlington, TX 76017
How to get W.I.S.E
When you are ready to be your most awesome self, call (817)584-5399 in order to set up an initial appointment. This consists of a one hour session with a clinician to establish your needs, goals, path planning, and to answer any other questions. During the appointment you and the clinician will discuss which path and level of involvement is appropriate for you.
You may complete the application prior to coming, or you are welcome to do so when you come in for your appointment.
Individual Sessions: We also offer individual counseling, nutrition, healthy living, and wellness program options at The Wellness Institute. This is often where people start, and then determine if expanding beyond one-on-one sessions will be beneficial.
Available Paths: Body, Mind, Spirit
Today's world can be overwhelming, stressful, and busy. Rarely do individuals find the time to relax and rejuvenate, or they do so in ineffective and unhealthy ways. The Body, Mind, Spirit track will teach you how to engage in life more fully while also balancing daily obligations with self care and development. This track would include groups like Meditation & Movement, Creative, Yoga, & Mindfulness.
Health & Healing
Begin to closely examine your relationship with food, weight, and your body image. The Health and Healing track will provide tools and skills for individuals feeling stuck in their nutrition and fitness routine or find it difficult to balance life and eating normally. This track would include groups like Body Function & Movement, Nutrition, Healthy Living, Body Image, Yoga, and Food & Body Support.
State of Mind
Consistently we received the message to withhold our emotions or suppress our feelings, when in fact it is very natural to experience a variety of emotions. The State of Mind track will help you work through mood disturbances, anxiety, or general distress.
Life Purpose & Work
Who are you? At times you may feel you are mindlessly going through the motions of life with no direction or passion. Rediscover your significance and value, while exploring possible new life directions. Go find yourself and seek a greater sense of self and purpose.
Change in life, although inevitable, can feel very intimidating and lonely. Examples of life transitions may include marriage, divorce, relocation, change in career, loss of a loved one, parent role transition, and education to career. The Life Transitions track will allow you to work through hesitations, fear, and discontent.
Relationships & Family
Explore reoccurring patterns in your relationships with friends, family, or partners that may be considered dysfunctional or toxic. Families or other important persons are welcome to join members for some groups, where appropriate. Concepts might include communication skills, family roles, authenticity, and boundaries.