Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Consultant, MSW, Herbalist

karen brennan

Online, In-person
4131 Bell mountain dr
castle rock,  co  80104

Professional statement

I am a holistic nutritionist that will work with you, beside you, as your advocate and guide you every step of the way towards optimal health and wellbeing. I do not believe in symptom management and instead believe that everything that is going on in your body is related. I also believe that anxiety, depression and ADHD are not diagnoses but instead symptoms of underlying root problems. For instance, while I support talk therapy, all the talk therapy in the world isn't going to help you if your depression is caused by an underlying issue such as a nutrient deficiency. I work with a range of clients but my primary focus is mental health, skin conditions, autoimmune conditions and gut health. I also see people that come to me with random symptoms, have seen many specialists yet still no answers, no solutions. I believe in an individual approach and making sure it is doable for you and fits into your lifestyle as well. I see in person, and distance clients. I use zoom or we can do via phone call as well. I keep supplements in stock but also use two online apothecaries to get you the supplements that you need. Testing can be ordered and kits sent directly to you and if it is blood work I order labs via Direct Labs which has lab sites to use all over the US. I am board certified in Holistic Nutrition and as of Fall 2020 will be enrolled in a PhD program for Integrative and functional Nutrition so that I can better serve you.

  • Certified Nutrition Consultant
  • Board Certificate in Holistic Nutrition
  • Certified in Herbal Foundations


  • Bauman College, Bolder CO - certified nutrition consultant
  • National Association of Nutrition Professionals - Boarad Certified in Holistic Nutritoin
  • Sage Herbal School, Colorado Springs, CO - Certified in Herbal Foundations

$185.00 per appointment

Category : Teen
Subcategory : Teen Health



Is Your Teen Still Depressed After You Have Tried Everything?

Appointment Length

1 hour 30 minutes

Service Description

Teen depression is more common than ever before. One of the reasons why I switched careers is b/c of my own teen's depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempt. It was a very scary, difficult time. I went the mainstream route-psychologist psychiatrist, doctor and standard lab work. What I saw shocked me-that modern medicine has no answers for depression except talking and meds. While this may be a solution for some I have found that for those teens where life is going well, (no bullying, has great friends, no drug issues etc.) all the sitting on a therapists couch and popping pills is never going to get to the root of the issue. I don't look at depression as a disease or an illness but rather as a symptom of underlying root causes and often there are several or more. The key is knowing what to look for, what to test for, how to read lab work, looking at the diet, listening and then knowing what to do to address the root causes.
A teen with depression needs a great deal of family support. When my son was depressed he went days without getting out of bed. I cannot expect a teen to all of sudden change their diet, take this test, take these supplements-he or she will need a lot of support. While I will give it my all, I rely on the parent to follow through on the steps we agree upon.
I am not going to lie, it is not a quick fix such as popping a pill every takes work...but gradually you start to see that child that you once knew and loved.....much will depend on the teen as well. To be honest, I have seen teens that I know that I can help and can see the root causes, but the teen refuses to do anything and the parents don't want to push the issue. These are the ones I cannot help. What I tell parents, and some do not like are the parent...not your child and I see many of the kids in control...and this becomes an issue. I want to say all this so you can see for yourself if my service is even of any use to you. I know I can help many of these teens but it does take a parent being a parent.

Service Requirements

Please see above for the requirements I expect from a parent of a teen with depression. I cannot help your child otherwise.
In addition to this I require my intake forms returned to me no later than 48 hours prior to the consult. Once I have your email I will send these to you and you will need to scan and email back to me. B/c this is for a teen, often times the parents will need to do the bulk of the paperwork-it will just depend as every situation is different. Ideally on the zoom call if the teen can be present for even part of it but depending on the situation I am okay at working with just the parent too as I know how difficult this can be.


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