Mental Health

In her clinical work, Dr. Monique Aucoin ND collaborates with individuals aiming to improve their mental health.  She has advanced training and ten years of clinical experience helping individuals take charge of their emotional wellbeing using safe, natural therapies. She is also an established researcher in the field of nutrition and mental health, working to advance our understanding of how food can impact mental wellbing.

Mental health concerns are extremely prevalent in our society, affecting all Canadians indirectly.   Many people do not receive care for this area of their health and of the individuals who do seek treatment, many do not find adequate relief from their symptoms.  

My Approach

MY approach to mental health care includes a thorough individual assessment and health history – I want to understand you as a person and the unique aspects of your concern.  The initial appointment is 70 minutes long and includes a full health history. There are physical imbalances in the body, such as hormonal and adrenal concerns, nutritional deficiencies and imbalances in blood sugar regulation and inflammation, that can contribute to anxiety and depression symptoms.  It is important that these imbalances are identified and corrected.  We also explore a wide range of lifestyle factors that have critically improtants on mental health.

Naturopathic Medicine can be used effectively in conjunction with psychotherapy and psychiatric medication.   Dr. Monique does not recommend discontinuation of medication but if you and your prescribing physician decide to decrease the dose or stop the medication, naturopathic medicine can be used to support you with this process. 

Tools Used

Nutrition – There is a tremendous amount of research that clearly demonstrates a connection between different dietary patterns and an impact on mental health.   Correcting deficiencies, balancing meals and identifying and eliminating food sensitivities can be particularly helpful.  The relationship between diet and mental health is also the main focus of Dr. Aucoin's research work -she has advanced knowledge of this field. 

Supplementation – A number of nutrient are well researched for their anti-depressant and anti-anxiety actions.  Often these nutritional supplements act by correcting underlying deficiencies.  

Herbal Medicine – Numerous herbs are known to act on the brain, nerves and adrenal glands to help restore balance, decrease anxiety symptoms and improve mood.

Homeopathy – Homeopathy is a gentle form of treatment that has a balancing effect on the body by stimulating the body’s own healing capacity.  It has no side effects and does not interact with medication.

Mindfulness – Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to one’s moment-to-moment experience in an observant, non-judgemental way.  The is extensive evidence to support the use of mindfulness strategies in the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Lifestyle Modification – Sleep, stress, technology use and exercise are all modifiable factors that can influence mental health. Changing behvarious can be challenging, but with support it is possible.

Conditions Treated

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Dysthymia or chronic low mood
  • Post-partum depression (PPD), baby blues, post-partum anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Phobia, Social Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Disordered eating, bulimia
  • Addictions, alcoholism, substance abuse, drug addiction
  • Elevated Stress Levels
  • Depression related to chronic illness/pain, menopause
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Recent Presentation: Taking Control of Mood Disorders Using Nutrition