Brenda Lovette, M.S. CCC-SLP, CHHC, RYT
Welcome! If you are searching for support to reach your wellness and communication goals, you've found it! Here you will find guidance, coaching, and treatment with a holistic and life participation focus, tailored to your unique needs and situation.
Healthy Expression offers health coaching to meet your wellness goals, treatment of communication disorders and rehabilitation with a holistic approach, voice therapy, speech language and cognitive therapy post stroke or brain injury, transgender voice therapy, and yoga instruction.
Speech Pathology services are all holistic, focusing on the physiological as well as mental, emotional, and lifestyle factors that may contribute to your challenges. Therapy activities will all be highly related to real life activities and situations. Every person’s story is unique. Contact me to find out more about how holistic speech pathology can help you meet your goals.
Brain injury, Stroke, and Go-go-gadget Brain Power
Brain Power Coaching (Cognitive Rehabilitation)
Challenges in any of the domains of cognition including: attention, memory, working memory, problem solving, executive function skills, or organization can impact independence and successful participation in work and community. These challenges could be due to a brain injury, aging, or normally distributed aptitudes and weaknesses. Coaching starts with a thorough evaluation including interview to identify cognitive strengths and challenges that are affecting your everyday life.
Aphasia is a loss of language, not a loss of intelligence. This philosophy along with the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia creates the foundation for our aphasia treatment. Individuals with aphasia will participate creative and functional activities in therapy sessions and both structured and unstructured home practice.
Clarity of speech is key to being understood. Dysarthria treatment includes exercises, practice, and carryover activities to practice in a variety of speaking situations.
Organic or functional voice disorders
Maximize your voice health. Many people feel that they are stuck with the voice they’ve got. Voice therapy may be appropriate if you lose your voice over the course of the day, or are not satisfied with the quality of your voice. We will use a holistic approach and address both lifestyle and vocal technique issues that may be contributing to your voice problem. Concurrent otolaryngologist evaluation strongly recommended.
Identity and presentation
Transgender Voice Coaching
Take a holistic approach to your vocal transition. Gender presentation is about much more than vocal pitch. Some people in transition can damage their voice if they use ineffective techniques to change the sound of their voice. Education is our primary goal, so you may achieve your most healthy and personalized voice.
Your speech does the talking every time you make a first impression. Polish your fluency, articulation, and diction with guided practice.
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
Health Coaches are knowledgeable advisors who provide ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness. As your Health Coach, I will listen carefully and help you to navigate the world of contradictory nutrition advice to determine what changes are necessary for you.
Your personalized program will radically improve your health and happiness. Together, we will explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover the tools you need for a lifetime of balance.
As a client of my health coaching program, you will…
- set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
- work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
- understand and reduce your cravings
- increase your energy levels
- feel great in your body
- learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them
- improve your personal relationships
- discover the confidence to create the life you want
Your program includes...
- two 50-minute sessions per month
- e-mail support between sessions
- recipes that are healthy and simple to prepare
- coaching and support to help you make the dietary and lifestyle changes you want
- simple but informative handouts that will increase your nutrition knowledge
- access to my monthly newsletter with the latest health tips and recipes
- my personal commitment to your health and success
To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with me. During this session, we will discuss your health and lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals.
Together we'll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health.
Here are some concepts that we will explore during our work together:
The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets tend to fail in the long run. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, I’ll support you to make positive changes that are based on your unique needs, lifestyle, preferences, and ancestral background. I use a personalized, holistic approach to ensure that you will have great success!
It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. I will support you in achieving all of your goals, from eating the right foods for your body to living an inspired, fulfilling life.
Integrative Nutrition Pyramid™
The Integrative Nutrition® food pyramid includes a balance of high quality vegetables, fruits, grains, proteins, healthy fats and water. To complete the picture, the pyramid is surrounded with lifestyle factors that create optimal health: relationship, career, physical activity and spirituality. I’ll introduce you to some of the healthiest foods on the planet and teach you how to find what’s healthiest for your unique body!
Are you ready to start feeling better than ever?
Schedule an initial consultation with me today!
"The greatest wealth is Health."
Yoga can be a wonderful modality for healing and alignment of the whole self by integrating the physical, mental, and spiritual body. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or you are new to yoga, there are lessons to be learned with every breath. Yoga can be a powerful supplement to other healing and rehabilitation or an integral part of health maintenance.
Yoga has been studied for the treatment of aphasia, in children with autism, and for stress relief in the typical population.
Private Yoga Classes
Offered in outdoor public spaces or in your home. You will experience a 60-90 minute yoga session specifically tailored to your goals and ability level. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire for details.
Workshops and Events
Contact email@example.com for current workshops and events in the Somerville/Arlington MA Area.
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."
Health History Forms
Health History Form for Adults
Health History Form for Children
The American Speech and Hearing Association
The National Aphasia Association
Grandparent's Stroke Stories
Dysphagia Recipe Flashbook
Simple Ways to Incorporate Holistic Approaches into your SLP Practice
Webinar: Meditation and Breath Work for Clinicians
Holistic Approaches for Parkinson Disease
Holistic SLP Coaching: Power Hour
Skilled SLP Services for speech, voice, language, or cognition
Private Yoga Instruction/Manual Therapy (within 10 miles of Arlington, MA)
Clinical Aromatherapy Consult with Jen Llado
I have received my training from a long list of sources including certification by Institute of Integrative Nutrition, academic study in the field of Speech Language Pathology, my yoga practice, and my own ongoing transformation toward health.
I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Spring on 2011 mostly for personal reasons, in hopes that I would learn to care for my body and to live a richer life with more wellness. As I began taking better care of my whole self I began to see the connections between my patients’ communication disorders and their holistic health.
I have worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in a variety of settings including acute care, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation. Now, I can’t help but weave the principles of holistic healthcare into my speech pathology practice. And my experiences working in mainstream healthcare greatly inform my health coaching practice. My clients will find my approach to be truly individualized, informed, and integrated.
Sessions can be held in person, by phone, or by skype.