HartsSpace Provider Information
Katie Hart, MS, LMHC, Certified Nutritionist
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor
- Certified Nutritionist
- Adjunct Professor, Bastyr University
- Faculty, Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy
Katie has a passion for health and people; she works with helping people create sustainable health for themselves and for their families. Treatments use combined approach to health: mental and emotional wellness, helping people manage the challenges they face daily.
Nutrition and mental health impact us all, families, parents, children, and individuals.
HartsSpace is a place where understanding and healing can happen from the inside out!
Katie’s academic background began at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Where she received a Bachelors degree in Cognitive Science and Theater.
Years later, after many personal adventures and life experiences, she obtained a Master’s degree from Bastyr University, MSNCHP, in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology.
Katie’s training encompasses a mind, body, spirit approach to mental health and nutrition. She believes that the power of nutrition and therapy can heal a person. Her background and passions have driven her to create a clinic where a person may grow using their own intuition and cultivating healing from a place within their own resources. She sees people as their own expert, and uses techniques and tools to help people to better understand and create the change they desire.
Her unique approaches have helped many create sustainable change. Children also find a friendly space for healing, and a place to be seen using play.
Passion/Vision:”Watch Yourself Grow”
“I vision the world and the people in the world like plants. What was put on this earth is here to nourish us mentally and emotionally.
When we find the proper balance of nutrients to thrive, mental and emotional wellness and mindful approaches to balance we sustain ourselves we are in full bloom.
Children too can blossom when given the nutrients and tools for success.
Sustainable health is the key to future generations of better health.”
Cat McPherson MS, Certified Nutritionist, Certified LEAP Therapist
- Certified Nutritionist
- Certified LEAP Therapist
- MS Nutrition
- BA Human Communication
Cat’s career path began with a Bachelors’ degree in Human Communication from Arizona State University. After college she moved to Jackson, Wyoming where she was surrounded by people who enjoyed healthy and active lifestyles.
While life in a mountain town expanded her love for healthy lifestyles and the outdoors, she developed an enthusiasm for cooking. This enthusiasm grew into consistently finding more creative ways to cook healthy meals that maximized food’s nutritional value. Cat’s passion for healthy meals lead her to pursuing a Masters degree in Nutrition at Bastyr University. Her whole foods nutrition counseling is geared towards understanding the patient’s life style and identifying where the patient has opportunity to improve their health habits.
A whole foods approach allows patients to embrace simple ingredients with fewer food additives and preservatives. Combining fresh whole foods into meals maximizes their nourishment and flavor. Here at HartsSpace, we enjoy showing patients that whole foods do not have to take a long time to prepare, and that we can start out as small and simple as needed.
Cat also has recently become a CLT or Certified LEAP Therapist. The LEAP Program (Lifestyle, Eating and Performance) is a strategic method of dealing with the dietary components of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), migraines, fibromyalgia, joint and muscle pain, fatigue, vomiting, chronic sinusitis, ADD, and other symptoms caused by delayed food sensitivities. Food sensitivities are in fact different from food allergies and intolerances. While food allergies tend to cause severe and fast acting reactions in the body, food sensitivities tend to cause a lower grade and chronic reaction that can cause debilitating symptoms to the GI, nervous, and muscular system. Using the tools of the MRT blood test (mediator release test) and a customized elimination diet based on those results, Cat can bring many patients some relief. Especially for those who suffer from symptoms including but not limited to fatigue, insomnia, mental fog, anxiety, depression, irritability, headaches, migraines, eczema & other skin disorders, sinus issues, joint & muscle pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas & bloating, and acid reflux.
HartsSpace’s approach in nutrition counseling is to encourage realistic health goals for patients that are likely to result in habitual life style changes. Research shows that when patients feel empowered with realistic health goals that they have created themselves, they are more likely to be successful in improving their health. HartsSpace believes that there are no “quick fix” products or regimes that will provide real lasting results for people aside from learning and custom making nutrition plans that motivate the patient to change habits. HartsSpace provides professional nutrition guidance based on scientific evidence rather than health fads.
Cat’s strong communication skills combined with her Nutrition education allow a strong nutritionist/ patient relationship.