ABOUT JULIA ROSS
Julia Ross is a pioneer in the field of nutritional psychotherapy and a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders and addictions. She has founded and directed six successful recovery programs since 1980 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite achievements include starting Northern California's first treatment program for food addicts and the area's first programs for drug-addicted adolescents and their families. Receiving a state award for her work with diabetes and addiction in California's Native American tribal clinics is another of her most treasured achievements.
In 1980, Ross began hiring nutritionists to research the link between biochemistry, emotions, and addiction. By 1986 this exploration had led to the creation of an exciting new model of treatment that combined innovative nutritional therapy and holistic medical care with conventional counseling and education. This new model gave hope to the 90% of addicts of all kinds who were unable to sustain recovery through traditional programs. In 1988 Ross founded The Recovery Systems Clinic in Mill Valley, California, an outpatient program that further developed this model, with a special focus on treating people with dieting disorders and carbohydrate addictions.
Ross is a popular and compelling speaker who has made hundreds of presentations to introduce the public to the extraordinary benefits of nutrient therapy and biochemical rebalancing. In addition to a busy lecture schedule in California and throughout the US and Canada, Julia provides intensive trainings for professionals on how to successfully treat eating disorders, mood problems and chemical dependency. She has frequently taught courses in John F. Kennedy University's graduate psychology program in Orinda, California, and at the University of California, Berkeley Extension's Addiction Counseling Certificate Program.
Ross' best-selling book, THE MOOD CURE, has sold over 150,000 copies in the U.S, the U.K. and Australia. When THE MOOD CURE book proposal was first sent to the New York publishing houses it created a sensation. Seven publishers bid on it because of its unique approach to the top selling subject in America: Dieting. Julia has recently completed a second book, The Mood Cure, released in paperback in 2004 and a finalist for "The Books for a Better Life Award." The many publications that have featured Ross' work include: Psychology Today, San Francisco Examiner Magazine, Alternative Medicine and Natural Health.
Ross has frequently appeared as an expert on radio and television programs. Her first national TV appearance, on a 1997 news segment about the use of amino acid therapy to stop carb cravings, generated 50,000 calls to the producers.
Julia holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, as well as a California marriage and family therapy license. She is the Executive Director of The Recovery Systems Clinic in Mill Valley, California.
A NOTE BY THE AUTHOR ABOUT HER IMAGE
This is the photo of me that was used on the jacket cover of the first edition of THE MOOD CURE. It started out as the photograph we've posted at the top of this page but, as you can see, the publisher's art department removed every line on my face. Even the lines between my teeth disappeared! You can imagine the fit I pitched, since THE MOOD CURE was written to help reverse the damage caused by false images of beauty! Needless to say the original, untouched photo was used on the paperback edition of THE MOOD CURE and the publishers swore to destroy the airbrushed version.
Julia Ross and Her Staff at
The Recovery Systems Clinic
The Recovery Systems Clinic is located at the foot of lovely Mt. Tamalpais, ten minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our clinic staff would love to help if you need assistance with your Diet Cure and/or your Mood Cure. Under Julia's direction, our team of holistic nutritionists, counselors, and physicians has been trained to recognize and correct the specific biochemical malfunctions - the deficiencies and imbalances - that cause:
Cravings for sweets, starches, caffeine, and other addictive foods Depression, anxiety and other mood problems Trouble with energy, digestion,stress tolerance or sleep Binge eating bulimia and other eating disorders Addictions to drugs, alcohol, or behaviors Our clients typically come to us because 1) they are looking for advice on how to fine tune their minds and bodies for improved vitality, outlook, and overall health or 2) they have quite a few of the imbalances that Julia describes in her books and aren't sure where to start on their own or 3) they've been unable to find practitioners who treat the specific issues that our clinic deals with everyday.
If you live in or near the San Francisco Bay Area, you can easily get to the clinic. If you don't, you can plan a trip to beautiful Marin County where we've been counseling people from outside the Bay Area for years. We find that telephone consultations allow us to follow up quite well with our long-distance clients, but only if we've gotten to know them in person first.
START WITH AN INITIAL TELEPHONE CONSULT
Wherever you live, we suggest that you first call the clinic and listen to the recorded information about the program on "line one". Your next step would be to schedule a preliminary 30-minute phone intake appointment with one of our clinical staff members. This call will give us a good idea of what you need help with and give you a good idea of whether and how we can help. For example, many people call to inquire about whether we can help them find effective alternatives to anti-depressant drugs. We typically can, but if someone is taking more than one such drug, we'll need to review the situation carefully before we recommend that they begin our program.
During this intake call we may also arrange to send you kits for lab testing or propose supplement trials that can be done while you're waiting to come in. At the end of the intake call you can arrange your in-person appointments. Then we'll mail you a packet of symptom questionnaires to fill out, along with directions and lodging options. Plan on spending over an hour completing the questionnaires, as they are extensive.
PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT:
YOUR PSYCHO-SOCIAL-NUTRITIONAL-MEDICAL WORK-UP!
Your initial workup will take four to six hours, depending on the complexity of your situation. Many people do it in one day, but it's preferable to spread it out over two days. You'll start with the most thorough family and personal history that you have ever had. Then you'll meet with your nutritionist and possibly, with a physician as well. This will allow us to get an in-depth understanding of your current mood, food, and health issues and of all the factors that have led to them. Our staff then uses this information to make very specific nutritional, medical, counseling, and other recommendations. For example, if your depression, low energy and unneeded weight gain suggest that we should explore your thyroid function, nutritional and medical staff members will work together to provide the necessary foods, supplements, testing, examinations, and prescriptions.
During your nutritional session, you will have a chance to actually try several amino acids so that you and your nutritionist can judge their effectiveness as your therapeutic plan of food and supplements is put together. This nutrient therapy plan should set the groundwork for a radical improvement in your overall health and the quick elimination of the cravings and negative moods that may be plaguing you.
Three Months to A Lasting Cure
In your first week in the program you'll be making daily progress reports by phone and receiving return calls to address any problems or questions that may arise. After that you'll have an in-person or phone appointment once a week.
Over the following 12 weeks (or longer, if needed) we'll continue working with you closely to make sure that you get the benefits you've come to us for. To make sure that you do, Julia will meet with you at least once while you are in the program, typically during your sixth week.
As your brain and body tune-up takes hold, our staff will guide you off the amino acids and other nutrient supplements you'll no longer need. By this time you'll typically have found the energy that will allow you to enjoy being more physically active and mentally focused. Most importantly, you'll have discovered the sense of emotional well-being that will allow you to successfully take on life's challenges without the need for comfort foods, other addictive substances, or pharmaceutical mood enhancers.
We look forward to hearing from you!
147 Lomita Drive, Suite D
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-3611 ext. 1
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