Food and Mood for Mental Health Integrative and Holistic Application of Nutritional Psychiatry to Complex Mental Health - Bridin McKenna





16 & 17 October 2021 Live & On Demand


UK: 11:30 – 18:30 on both days
North America: 6:30 – 13:30 EDT / 3:30 – 10:30 PDT on both days

CPD & CE credits available: 12

TRAINING information

This online training is streaming live on the 16th and 17th October 2021.

The digital recording will be released to all participants on the 18th October. The recording and associated resources will then be accessible through your Essential Therapy Training account for 365 days.


What we eat is well evidenced to affect how we feel: psychology and physiology are indissolubly linked. While few therapists or other mental health practitioners will have the necessary training to offer in-depth advice, you can signpost clients to information and resources that will compliment and support a fully holistic recovery process.

Changing to a healthier diet does not have to involve consultations with a nutritionist and expensive food supplements: simple strategies such as drinking more water, reducing caffeine/sugar intake and understanding the impact of certain foods and eating behaviours on your mood can be adopted by anyone, regardless of income.

Health and mental health practitioners may also need to explore their own reluctance to engage with issues around food and diet.

This 2-day workshop seeks to explore the biological and physiological processes at work that may be caused by the client’s dietary habits.

This course is taught largely from the front & draws from the latest thinking in eating disordered clinical research, evidence-based treatments, coaching, health, and counselling psychology.

Learning Objectives

On this 2-day workshop you will learn:

  • The role of nutrition and the link to mood disorders
  • Essential neurotransmitters and nutritional deficiencies
  • The physiological and psychological impact of stress and nutritional deficiencies.
  • Adrenal and thyroid function
  • The effects of under-eating
  • Sugar and the brain
  • Candida, gluten intolerance and the link to mental health
  • How to recognise when your client has an eating disorder and what to do about it
  • How to assess the link to depression, generalised anxiety disorders, panic attacks, addictions and fibromyalgia as nutritional imbalances
  • Food and mood diaries as a therapeutic and motivational tool
  • How an exploration of a client’s food and eating patterns can be integrated into a therapy or practice session
  • How to consider the impact of a client’s lifestyle on body, mind and emotion as the standard approach to therapy
  • How to engage and enable clients to make informed choices about their ongoing self-care and mental wellbeing
  • How blood sugars affect mood and energy and how this can be effectively managed through what and how we eat
  • How our thoughts, feelings and behaviour are all affected by our brain chemistry and can be influenced by food
  • The pathway to serotonin the feel-good chemical how it is produced and what is needed to enhance it through the use of food
  • The role of anti-nutrients such as caffeine, sugar and artificial products and how they rob the body of valuable building blocks that effect mood
  • Food as medicine
  • Good nutrition how getting your vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids are all essential to mood
  • The role of super foods in the body and health benefits of 160 super-foods
  • The 2nd brain the gut and its role in digestion of food for maximum absorption.
  • Useful information to give to clients in an easy to understand and practical way.

About the Speaker

Bridin McKenna is accredited by the UKCP as a clinical psychotherapist with a post graduate diploma in Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy. Founder & lead therapist at Life Therapies Clinic in Belfast, she is a leading eating disorder clinician, obesity specialist, trainer, speaker, & consultant. As an advocate for persons who struggle to manage their weight, she is driving an awareness of obesity-related stigma & weight phobia in order to educate & inform health professionals & public health campaigns about the consequences of this bias.

She is a frequent expert guest speaker on local media, at health & wellness events and conferences, where she educates & informs on a wide range of subjects such as food and mood for mental health, a trauma-informed approach to addiction, eating disorders and body esteem, and obesity related topics.

Bridin is an alumni of the 2018 Train the Trainer in Obesity Prevention & Management with the European Association for the Study of Obesity; & as an affiliate trainer for the National Centre for Eating Disorders she is honoured to deliver their Master Practitioner Programme for Eating Disorders & Obesity in Ireland.


CPD & CE credits available: 12

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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Food and Mood for Mental Health Integrative and Holistic Application of Nutritional Psychiatry to Complex Mental Health - Bridin McKenna

16 & 17 October 2021 Live & On Demand