I'm Dr. Alyssa Adams, and I'm a clinical psychologist and nutritionist.
I’ve always been fascinated by what makes people engage in healthy lifestyles, and, more importantly, what makes people STICK TO IT! I love any tips or tricks that make healthy living easier. I help people develop easy ways of incorporating healthy foods, mind-body-spirit practices, mindset changes, and exercise in to a busy lifestyle. I’ve studied the factors that make people change and sustain health behaviors for most of my professional career. I also firmly believe in the importance of cultivating a health mindset - addressing limiting beliefs around health, managing our automatic thoughts, identifying unhelpful patterns and emotions, and believing that living well can be easy and fun. I’m honest, caring, straightforward and will support you on your journey.
I graduated with a BS in Psychology from the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University. I completed my master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. I also completed an APA approved internship and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical and research neuropsychology at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
I’ve dually specialized in health psychology and neuropsychology throughout my academic training, and I’ve always been fascinated by what makes people commit to and STICK with healthy behaviors. After dealing with some of my own health issues and using a nutritional approach to heal, I returned to school to learn more about the relationship between nutrition, mood, and health.
I completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nutrition and Integrative Health at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), and I’m a Certified Nutrition Specialist provider, with a strong background in health behavior change.
I've struggled with gut health my entire life....flash forward to my late 20s when I was hospitalized for over a week (twice) and had extremely low and erratic blood pressure, couldn’t sit up or stand up without passing out, low blood sugar, significant gut issues, several nutrient deficiencies, extreme fatigue, etc. I was given all kinds of crazy and scary diagnoses – the worst of which involved my autonomic nervous system shutting down (I was told this at 27 while in the hospital). I refused to give up on my health, and I read everything I could find, I found provider after provider until I settled on a good care team. I radically changed my diet and lifestyle. I fought tirelessly for my health. Now, several years later, I can work out daily, stand up as long as I want, have lots of energy, my gut is in MUCH better shape, and I’m no longer limited by my health issues.
I healed me.
So, I STRONGLY believe that we can heal ourselves, and we can make lifestyle changes to improve whatever chronic health issue is holding us back. I wish I had someone to work with during this time who could guide me, help me find the right information (like the connection between diet, gut health, stress, and just about every other symptom I had), and support me through this painful time. I will be in the fight with you, and I will devote my efforts to people who are in the fight for themselves and who will tirelessly pursue health. I strongly believe in the power of mind-body-spirit medicine, using food (and eliminating food) to heal, having the right mindset, and cleaning up the stress in your life – it can transform your life. I know it can because it transformed my life. I am living proof.
I’m also a mom to a quirky, stubborn English bulldog, who will eat anything you put in front of him. I love traveling and exploring new cities, and I currently live in Washington, DC. I love trying new recipes and new foods. I have a love-hate relationship with coffee/caffeine. I’m always working toward being more efficient and making life tasks easier and more organized. I also have a background in positive psychology, hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, and various integrative health modalities, such as mindfulness, meditation, iRest yoga nidra, and reiki. I love using affirmations, learning about personality and lifestyle factors that influence health, researching perceptions of health and healing, and exploring consciousness research.