Christina Gaunce, RDN, CYT
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Contact by phone or email
Not wheelchair accessible
CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Board Certified: Yes – Commission on Dietetic Registration
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 2-5 years
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: I received my B.S. in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. Since then, I have continued to expand my knowledge and practice by completing over one thousand supervised practice hours and passing a national examination in order to receive registration as a Dietitian. I am recovered from an Eating Disorder and have pursued additional knowledge in order to gain expertise as an Eating Disorder Dietitian. I have been able to improve the lives of hundreds of individuals by working in the health field under various titles including health educator, health coach, weight control counselor, nutritionist, and dietitian.
I take a holistic, open, and honest approach to nutrition therapy. I believe in bringing attention, awareness, and curiosity to food-related behaviors in order to move past self-limiting patterns. I work with clients to separate food and nutrition from feelings, as well as, health and happiness from weight and body size.
Yes, I believe it is possible to recover from an eating disorder. Recovery is the complete seperation between food/nutrition and feelings/self-worth. It is being in-tune with and honoring your bodies physiological cues and needs. When one is recovered food and body thoughts come from a caring, nurturing place and occur naturally through-out the day. Certain foods or a number on the scale hold no charge or power over you.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Couples, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males, Seniors
CONDITIONS TREATED: Addictions, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, Overweight
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Nutritional Counseling
TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Phone Counseling, E-Therapy (email) Support, Experienced in working as part of a team
FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks, Sliding Scale, If patient covered by “Provider out of the network” in a PPO patient needs to apply for reimbursement