Dietary Counselling as a Therapeutic Approach for Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Application of New Clinical Trial Findings

Date:  Thursday, May 16, 2024
Time: 12:00 - 13:00 ET


Speakers: Monique Aucoin, ND MSc (University of Guelph, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine) and Laura Lachance, MD MSc (Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine)

Webinar description:

Mood and anxiety disorders are common and not all patients find relief from the most common treatment options. Emerging evidence suggests that diet is a modifiable risk factor in the development of these conditions and that dietary counselling can be an effective adjunctive treatment approach. Attendees will gain familiarity with mood and anxiety disorders and when dietary counselling can be safely and appropriately provided. They will learn about special considerations for dietary counselling in this population. The latest clinical trials on the impact of diet change on mental health symptoms will be reviewed, including the world’s first clinical trial using dietary counselling as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, recently completed in Toronto by the presenter team.

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Moderator: Heather Keller RD PhD FDC FCAHS

About the Speakers:

Dr. Monique Aucoin ND MSc is a naturopathic doctor, an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph in the department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and a senior research fellow at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her research work and clinical practice are focused on the role of diet and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of mental illness.


Dr. Laura LaChance MD, FRCPC, MSc is a psychiatrist and adjunct research scientist at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 2017 and is currently completing a fellowship in integrative psychiatry at Psychiatry Redefined. She works clinically in private practice in general psychiatry and as part of an interdisciplinary team providing psychedelic assisted therapy to patients with psychiatric and neurological disorders. She has been participating in research in the field of nutritional psychiatry since 2012 and incorporates integrative psychiatry principles into the psychiatric care she provides.


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