Find a Practitioner for Help with Your Negative Moods

The NeuroNutrient Therapy Institute

If you’d like more mood-optimizing help than The Mood Cure alone provides, you’ll find it here. The following mood specialists, addiction specialists, and integrative psychiatrists are highly qualified health professionals. They have received extensive training from Julia Ross or are experts in their own right. They are skilled in providing effective brain-targeted nutritional therapy, including alternatives to antidepressant drugs (in concert with your prescribing physician).

For help in eliminating emotional over-eating, also see Julia’s Virtual Clinic for Food Cravers.

First, complete these two mood assessment questionnaires below and send them to any potential practitioner to allow them to see what you’ll need at-a-glance:
(1) The Mood Type Questionnaire
(2) Are You Moody? Further Mood Self-Assessment

Second, search for an NNTI certified practitioner listed below by category and geographical area they serve.

Mood Specialists

Mood and addiction problems are best dealt with in person, whenever possible. All practitioners are licensed or certified health professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Most have completed at least one year of advanced training at Julia Ross’ NeuroNutrient Therapy Institute and have been certified as NeuroNutrient Therapy Specialists. (Note the NNTS after their names.)

Julia’s Virtual Clinic’s staff only provide counseling for those whose primary problems are food craving and overeating or insomnia.

What kind of help you should expect from these amino acid therapy specialists:

1. A mood assessment using a five-part neurotransmitter deficiency questionnaire and individualized recommendations for amino acids and other nutrient supplements and for dietary improvements.

2. Regular contact over at least 12 weeks to adjust amino acid dosing to achieve permanent, optimal mood, sleep, concentration, energy or craving-relief.

3. Referrals for any additional medical, psychological, or other care needed.

4. Periodic check-ins after 12 weeks to support sustained progress, as needed.

Note: These practitioners do not use the results of urine testing for neurotransmitter levels. To find out why not, see Julia’s article “Problems with Urinary Neurotransmitter Testing.

Mood Specialists – USA

Practitioners listed by state/city served (some may also work via Skype):


CA – Chico

Susan Bertozzi MFT, NTP, NTS
Center for Emotional Balance

CA – Marin County

April Blake ND, LM,
Naturopathic Medicine
Hormone balancing, GI dysfunction, perimenopause, women’s health, mood disorders
888-975-1968 (fax)

CA – Monterey 

Mary Sue Abernethy, MFT, RD, NTS
Mood and Eating Disorders Specialist

CA – Solvang

Vonda Kay Schaefer, MFT, NTS
Psychotherapy and Integrative Nutrition
1610 Oak St. #206
Solvang CA 93463

CA – Walnut Creek

Vonda Kay Schaefer, MFT, NTS
Psychotherapy and Integrative Nutrition
2900 Camino Diablo #200
Walnut Creek CA 94597

IA – Algona

Laurie Hammer, NTP, NNTS
117 N Roan St.
Algona, IA 50511
515-341-2666 (cell)

Virtual Practice

Julia Ross’ Virtual Clinic for Food Cravings and Insomnia.

Mood Specialists – International

The following health professionals are either NNTI Certified or experts in their own right.

Practitioners listed by country served:

CANADA – Regina, SK

Wendy Turner Larsen, NNTI, MS Nutrition, MA Adult Ed, MA
Counseling/Psych, NTS
Brain Health/Leadership Coaching
Turner-Larsen Consulting


Barbara Clark, NNTI, CN, NTS
Nutritional Therapy Institute Staff Nutritionist
Bilingual German and English


Chikako Harper, ND, LMT,
translated The Mood Cure into
Japanese for publication
(not NNTI certified)
ProActive Healthcare Clinic
Bilingual Japanese and English
For Japanese, 503-477-0472 (direct)

Integrative Psychiatric Help

for more complex mood problems that may not resolve completely with amino acid and dietary therapies alone.

(Especially if Are You Moody? Further Mood Self-Assessment has several yes answers.)

Integrative Psychiatrists

Practitioners listed by state/city served:

CA – Los Angeles

Hyla Cass, MD
Integrative Psychiatry, AUthor

CA – San Rafael

Patricia Stamm, MD
Psychiatrist; Psychotherapist
Works in conjunction with NNTI certified practitioners

CO – Denver

Mary Braud, MD
Integrative Psychiatrist
Adults, children, and adolescents
Addiction recovery specialty

MA – Boston

James Greenblatt, MD
Integrative Psychiatrist; Mood and Eating Disorders
Author of The Breakthrough Depression Solution & Answers to Anorexia
Integrative Psych MD


For Help With Addiction to Alcohol / Drugs / Behavior

Addiction Specialists


They are not Certified Neuro-Nutrient Therapy Specialists (NTS), but they are leading experts in their own rights, as indicated.

See, which promotes nutrient-based recovery. Its website is extremely informative. Addiction professionals who are members are supportive of integrative treatment methods. They are listed there as are directions for how you can get the best nutritional recovery care possible even in a conventional treatment program.


Practitioners listed by state/city served:


CO – Denver

Christina Veselak, LMFT, CN
Director of The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition
Addiction specialist; Individual, family, and nutritional counseling

Christina can also refer you to certified graduates of her Academy or to nutritionally-sophisticated treatment programs or support you through a conventional program that allows nutritional recovery.

Residential Addiction Treatment Programs:


MN – Minneapolis

Health Recovery Center
Holistic treatment based on the work of Joan Mathews-Larson, author of the excellent Seven Weeks to Sobriety, and a founder of AAS*
800.554-9155 (In the U.S.)
612-827-7800 (Outside the U.S.)

See The Alliance for Addiction Solutions for other programs and how to evaluate them.

It is best to have a trained practitioner (by phone, Zoom, or Skype) to work with while in residential programs, as some will not allow the use of nutritional supplements because of heavy use of medications. Other programs are more open to, but typically not an expert in individualized amino acid recovery therapy.