Did you know?—- that the brain is intimately connected to the GI tract via the vagus nerve? The GI system has a complex network of blood vessels and nerves that allow the gut to communicate with the brain. This network is called theenteric nervous system or you may have heard of it referred to as the “second brain”. The organisms that live in your gut intimately communicate with the brain via this network. Research in the gut microbiome is exploding–how these bugs keep us healthy – and how any changes in them effect our health–and brain health. Nutrition is no longer about just preventing nutrient deficiencies—nutrition is about protecting your own unique DNA and gut microbiome–allowing your body, brain and mind to thrive.
Understanding these connections and interrelationships in the body, I am thrilled to share with you a recent addition to my office, Diane Pascucci RN, MS, M.Ed. BC-PMHCNS. Diane is a clinical nurse mental health specialist with expertise in helping clients with mood disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, HSP, chronic illness, acute illness, grief and grieving, palliative care, loss and trauma, and relationship concerns – all with a supportive, compassionate, non-judgmental regard for the mind/body connection.
Back in the day— our emotional and mental health– was thought of as separate from the rest of our body–as if there is some sort of wall separating our brain from our body. Of course, any chronic disease, trauma or unfortunate event in one’s life can be challenging for any person. However, now we know that a healthy lifestyle, healthy foods, and a support system can tremendously benefit our brain health and coping skills, no matter what the challenge may be.
Diane has many years of experience working with individuals who have anxiety and depression, learning disabilities, ADHD, chronic illness, sadness, and confusion. She also has years of experience working with individuals grieving the pain of significant losses. She has worked in school systems, universities, hospitals, clinics and private practice. She has experience as a learning specialist working with students with LD, ADHD, and social needs at both the high school and university level. She understands the mind/body interrrelationship, given her expertise as a psychiatric clinical specialist liaison nurse in the hospital setting.
Diane enjoys seeing the progress and transformation clients make. She appreciates seeing the big picture – looking at life from her clients’ perspective with all their respective experiences. Clients may not always arrive with a clear idea of what they need – only knowing that something needs to change. Sometimes all that is needed for a motivated individual to improve their quality of life is the empathy and compassion of a seasoned professional.
Diane and I confer about clients in a spirit of collaboration with the client’s consent. Our goal for every client is to help him/her achieve optimal functioning: physiologically, psychologically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.