Determine the Source of your Depression
Take a naturopathic approach to mental health care. Get the treatment and testing you need in a safe and judgment-free environment. Determine the root cause of your depression and work together with our team towards recovery.
Naturopathic Treatments for Depression and Mental Health
Contrary to popular belief, symptoms of depression are not always caused by low serotonin levels. Mental health conditions, and depression specifically, can have multiple contributing factors, including diet, levels of exercise, age, genetics and even chemical imbalances.
Other lesser known factors that can lead to depression include:
- Imbalance of Neuro-Excitation (Glutamate) and Inhibition (GABA)
- HPA Axis Activation
Dr. Emina takes a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment, evaluating factors related to both the body and mind when helping with depression and other mood-related disorders.
What Do We Test For?
Nutrient deficiencies can have a major impact on your mental health and well-being. We start by screening levels of Iron, Vitamin B, D and more.
Hormonal imbalances such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine have been linked to feelings of depression and poor mental health. We test all of your hormone levels and look for imbalances throughout.
Neurotransmitter testing can point to imbalances even before patients start to experience symptoms. We provide in-depth testing in the clinic.
Symptoms of Depression
and Mood Disorders
Feeling sad for long periods of time
Lack of appetite or overeating
Significant weight gain or loss
Insomnia or oversleeping
Feeling sluggish and heavy
Lack of motivation
Feelings of worthlessness
How Does it Work?
In the initial consultation, you will meet with Dr. Emina and talk about your current mental health situation. Dr. Emina will explain how our team can support you in your journey to recovery.
Specialized Treatment Plan
Dr. Emina will work with you to create a custom plan that fits with your needs and lifestyle. She may suggest supplements, dietary changes and a variety of other naturopathic options for you.
Do you also provide counseling services?
“I do not specifically practice counseling, but there is much therapeutic benefit in space that I hold to allow people to share their feelings, their fears and their hopes. Once we establish a relationship I am happy to refer patients to a trusted therapist that is well suited for them. Additionally, I will use other means to help reduce their stress levels and balance their HPA axis, by offering Acupuncture – as this helps to treat the whole person on a constitutional level while addressing any physical ailments at the same time.”
What tests will you run?
- I use IV vitamins, nutrients and herbs
Restoring Neuro-Excitation (Glutamate) and Inhibition (GABA) Balance
HPA Axis Optimization
- by addressing the hormones, thyroid and adrenal imbalance
Often I will run basic nutrient screening for Iron and Vitamin D levels and then , comprehensive dried urine hormones and neurotransmitter testing.”
If a patient comes to you seeking mental health assistance, what will their experience be like?
“They will be heard and acknowledged. We will look for potential nutrient deficiencies or toxicities and other barriers that can contribute to poor mental health.”
for Your Mental Health
Dr. Emina provides board certified naturopathic expertise for patients in Kelowna, BC. Expert advice, guidance and testing will help you get to the bottom of your depression and work together with our team towards recovery. You do not have to live with feelings of depression and hopelessness. Take the first step to feeling like yourself again, book a consultation with Dr. Emina.