Annalissa Vicencio, MA, LCAT, MT-BC is an Integrative Nutrition, Mind-Body, Eating Psychology and Recovery Coach. She is an alumnus of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and has a Recovery Coach certification from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. As the Founder and Owner of Whole Health Power, Annalissa empowers busy professionals to leverage their relationship with food and body toward transformation.
Annalissa is also a Music Therapist and Psychotherapist holding the credentials of Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC), and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) in NY State. In her addition to her practice, Whole Health Power, Annalissa works at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx – currently at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) at the Moses campus, and formerly in the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry unit of the Wakefield Campus where she has spearheaded the integration of community programming including “Montefiore Melodies” a community choir for those with a history of neurologic illness, outreach from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and outreach from 12-step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Annalissa holds certificates in Neurologic Music Therapy, the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery in Music (GIM) Level 1, the Music Together Teacher Training in Early Childhood Music and Movement, and Austin Vocal Psychotherapy (Diane Austin). Since 2016, Annalissa continues to engage in post-graduate trainings with the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute in Psychodrama, Sociometry, Group Psychotherapy and Action Methods and toward becoming a Certified Practitioner (CP); she is also training under Heidi Landis as a Drama Therapy Alternative Training Program student. Annalissa integrates her myriad experiences in aforementioned areas into her coaching and clinical work.
Annalissa has an ability to break-down the neuro-physiological underpinnings of conditions for clients in a meaningful way due to her strong background in science and neuroscience research. Annalissa believe that understanding science and biology is essential, and yet, it is still not the entire picture of wellness. Annalissa received her BA in Neuroscience from Manhattanville College, and her MA in Music Therapy from New York University. In the amalgamation of her love for music and working in neurologic, psychiatric, eating disorder, and addiction rehabilitation, she endeavors to integrate her passions for the creative arts therapies, research, neuroscience, nutrition, health coaching, and integrative and collaborative treatment to promote wellbeing from the individual level to society at large as a doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program at New York University, Steinhardt.
What usually attracts clients to Annalissa is her LIVED experience. Through lifestyle mind body spirit changes, she took ownership of her health to reverse type-2 diabetes amidst comorbid illness. This experience inspired her to pursuit of empowering others in their health journeys including recovery from insulin resistance, diabetes, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), metabolic syndrome, digestive issues, mood and mental illnesses, trauma, addiction, MICA/dual-diagnosis, and eating disorders.
Annalissa is also an avid supporter of the health at every size (HAES) movement, and especially other women of color to navigate systemic oppression, socioeconomic, and societal forces that fuel body shaming and pathologizing among a healthcare system that does not necessarily promote thriving or growth, but rather deters holistic wellness by managing disease, focusing on pathology and symptoms instead of addressing what’s at the root. Annalissa draws from positive psychology to bring a transpersonal, humanistic, salutogenic, and resource-oriented approach to empower her clients to take their power back and take ownership of their health.
In light of theologian Frederick Buechner’s sentiments on vocation, Annalissa sees her work at the intersection of where her “deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet”. It is her calling in life to empower others toward holistic health and transformation.
Annalissa connects with clients remotely and in-person – recently serving Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester County. She lives in Manhattan with her wonderful husband, (a not so) Young Chang studio upright, a Rhodes, a moog, myriad guitars & keyboards, a drum set, a Vitamix, instant pot, breville juicer, and zojirushi neuro fuzzy rice cooker, among other instrumental players ;).