Mental Health

Dr. Aucoin has a special interest in treating mental health concerns.  She has advanced training and clinical experience with a wide variety of illnesses and has helped many individuals take charge of their emotional wellbeing using safe, natural therapies. In particular, she has worked with many teenagers/adolescents and young adults although she works with individuals of all ages - children to seniors. 

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 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 75 minutes long and includes a full health history. There are physical imbalances in the body such as hormonal and adrenal concerns, nutritional deficiencies and diet and lifestyle factors that can contribute to anxiety and depression symptoms.  It is important that these imbalances are identified and corrected.  In additional to addressing physical imbalances, the psychological aspects of depression and anxiety are explored.  Often there are thought patterns and belief systems that perpetuate depression or anxiety; exploration of these patterns allows individuals to change them.  

Naturopathic Medicine can be used effectively in conjunction with 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.  

Counseling – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is highly effective tool for helping people to become aware of and change thought and behavioural patterns that contribute to depression and anxiety.   The work done in patient visits is complimented with homework exercises. 

Mindfulness – Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to one’s moment-to-moment experience in an observant, non-judgemental way.  Dr. Monique incorporates mindfulness into her counseling work with patients.

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 and improve mood. 

Lifestyle Modification – Sleep, stress and exercise all have the potential to significantly affect 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.   

Conditions Treated

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Dysthymia or chronic low mood
  • Post-partum depression, baby blues
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Phobia, Social Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Disordered eating, anorexia, bulimia
  • Psychosis, Schizophrenia
  • Elevated Stress Levels
  • Depression related to chronic illness/pain, menopause
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Recent Presentation: Taking Control of Mood Disorders Using Nutrition