An unconventional psychologist and wellness advocate, Dr. Theresa Nicassio is offering simple solutions to some of the world’s most challenging health, societal and environmental problems.
The Unexpected Nightmare…
Dr. Theresa Nicassio is an ordinary woman whose life path as a Registered Psychologist (#1541) beginning in the mid-1980’s and later as a special needs mom took a horrific turn when her health took an unexpected nose-dive after the birth of her daughter in 1997.
Instead of enjoying motherhood as the active woman she had been prior her pregnancy, Theresa found herself unrecognizable, living a nightmare of disability and chronic pain, without anyone cluing in for over twelve years that her suffering was related to food sensitivities and autoimmune dysfunction. During that time, her greatest fear was that her daughters would be left motherless before they graduated high school.
Ironically, it was Theresa’s journey from debilitation to a vitality that she didn’t know would be possible again that gave her the wisdom and the fierce fire in her belly to offer to others the information and resources that she wished she had when she needed them most.
Offering simple solutions to the “ache” that so many feel about their health, relationships, and the future of the planet, Theresa uses her integrated personal and professional knowledge to provide hope in the face of despair, helping those she serves heal from the inside-out.
Carried through life on the wings of gratitude and the desire to make a difference in the world, Dr. Theresa is a modern-day “Renaissance Woman” who joyfully wears a lot of hats. She applies her personal and professional knowledge and experience as a health and wellness educator to empower individuals to be the best they can be for themselves, others and the planet.
Diabetes to bullying, cancer to climate change, human rights to special needs, Theresa’s unique perspective and practical tips provide hope in the face of despair, making it easy to feel better, live better, and love better.
Filled with childlike wonder, the world is Theresa’s playground of possibilities. In addition to her regular day job as a therapist, she is the award-winning bestselling author of the allergy-friendly resource book YUM: Plant-Based Recipes For A Gluten-Free Diet, a Gourmet Raw Food Chef and Nutrition Educator, a magazine columnist, a student of various mind-body wellness modalities, and is the Host of The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on HealthyLife.net – All Positive Talk Radio. She is also the Founder and Owner of D&D Publishing and Distribution and Theresa’s Wellness Hub at TheresaNicassio.com.
Easy Solutions For Everyday Real Problems
Theresa understands suffering at a soul level and is probably best known for her willingness to talk candidly about the most difficult and awkward challenges in life. She has become a sought after voice by the media for her down-to-earth perspective and for her easy solutions to everyday problems. Theresa’s authenticity and depth of caring, peppered with her unexpected irreverent humour, has a seemingly effortless way of lifting the spirits of just about everyone she meets.
“If self-reliance and radical kindness are subversive… count me in!”
~ Dr. Theresa Nicassio, Registered Psychologist #1541
Kindness Through Inclusion
Dr. Theresa is a passionate anti-bullying advocate, whose core message of kindness through inclusion is transforming how we think about special needs, disabilities and differences.
Having been brought to her knees by her own health crisis and being a special needs parent herself, combined with her professional understanding of self-esteem, attachment, and acceptance provide her with a heart-guided roadmap for change.
Intolerant of intolerance and complacency, this internationally-acclaimed “Psychologist with Sass” compassionately invites us to join in the conscious and creative vision to “rethink” how we live our lives by increasing our awareness of the footprints we leave on our bodies and each other’s hearts and on the planet that serves us.
Theresa’s personal journey with a mysterious health-related disability changed the trajectory of her life and culminated in her critically-acclaimed allergy-friendly resource book: YUM: Plant-Based Recipes For A Gluten-Free Diet. Winning the Gourmand International 2015 Canadian Title and 2016 Best in the World Award, a Publisher’s Weekly “starred” review, and several other international book awards, Theresa’s contributions and leadership as a Canadian woman in business making a difference in the world resulted in her recognition as a Top Finalist for both the 2017 Canadian Mompreneur® of the Year Award and the 2017 Tammy Moyer Woman of Worth Leader of The Year Award.
Dr. Theresa Nicassio delights in challenging the status quo of outmoded and harmful ways of thinking.
Grateful To Be Alive… What’s FOOD Got To Do With It?
With the huge acclaim of her ground-breaking allergy-friendly resource book YUM: Plant-Based Recipes For A Gluten-Free Diet, along with all of the media attention and celebrity stage appearances around it, Theresa’s much bigger messages of gratitude and kindness through inclusivity are often overlooked. However, her use of food to share her message was intentional and strategic, offering her a path to the heart through the age-old medium of food.
Dr. Theresa’s gloves are off as she steps up to “disturb the peace” of complacency, bullying, and meanness of any sort.
Radical Kindness Revolutionary
Because of her disarmingly playful presence and the simplicity of the solutions she offers, it is easy to at first glance miss the depth of this profoundly reflective woman who will giggle when she tells you that all she’s doing is trying to change the world. But don’t let that lightness fool you, because the fire that drives this special needs parent and social justice advocate in her commitment to this dream is nothing less than fierce.
“[Theresa’s] life and work have inspired me and opened my mind to the world of infinite possibilities. She is a renegade and this is my way to honour a woman who has inspired me to step outside fear and self-limitation and to embrace the power and responsibility I have to live out the values of acceptance, justice and equality and pass them on to my children.”
– Jane Grueber, Author of “Recipes of My Home”
from “The Power of Inclusion ~ A Story of One Woman on a Mission”
“Besides making me wish I was Italian, Theresa represents love in action. Many talk the talk, but she’s the real deal…!”
– Sharon Hanna
Author of The Book of Kale and The Book of Kale & Friends
For More About Theresa: The Soul Of Theresa (Articles & Interviews), Professional Bio, Theresa’s PRESS KIT