Chrisanna Harrington-Wright, MA, RDN, LMHC, President & CEO of Nutegra Mental Health and Nutrition, Inc.

About me

I have been a Registered Dietitian for over 40 years, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and in 2005, received my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University in Sarasota, Florida. As a single mother, I needed to work and have time for my daughter and so consulting and private practice was a perfect fit. I had watched as Americans went from one fad diet to the next, even opting for surgery to decrease their food intake. I thought our community deserved better so I formed Nutegra, which stands for “Nutrition” and “Integrity”. My initial corporate value was to always have integrity in educating my clients about nutrition and never to “candy coat” anything. Little did I know that 19 years ago when I became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, specializing in eating disorders, we would be on our way to having 1/3 of our population having obesity, 29.4 million adults ages 18 years or older having Diabetes Type 2, and fertility rates of women ages 20-24 declined by 43%! (Census.gov and NIH).

My clients have not fallen into any of these categories. They have reversed their chronic health problems and improved their mood, by learning how to eat! The program I have developed and am now, having qualified professionals use as well as Internationally Certified Coaches is what I have developed: Behavior Nutrition Therapy.

My approach

We approach our sessions by assessing both psychological and nutritional health. We run labs to assess for Insulin Resistance, which can be the major culprit for failure in losing weight and infertility. We then approach the task at hand, your relationship with food!

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We run standardized assessments to find out just what area we need to address first to make sure you are successful in finding the root cause of your disordered eating. We try and normalize food intake and encourage eating real food versus processed foods. Learn to nourish your body, mind, and soul. In working with Pia Mellody of The Meadows Treatment Center, I learned about dysfunctional versus functional adult behavior. In the Nutegra program, you can gain skills to become Functional Adults in your relationship with yourself and your food.

Sessions are available online for Florida residents and in-person for those in Punta Gorda and Port St. Lucie.

Credentails

Licenses:

  • State of Florida License Dietitian/ Nutritionist
  • State of Florida Mental Health Counselor
  • Florida Qualified Mental Health Intern Supervisor
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Membership:

  • Florida Counseling Association
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • The International Association of Coaches, Therapists and Mentors

Education

  • Bachelor of Science—Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Arts—Mental Health Counseling, Webster University, Sarasota, Florida