Kiki Attonito, MA

Kiki Attonito is a Clinical Therapist, Integrative Nutritionist, and Addiction Professional who for 20+ years has specialized in Nutritional Psychology, or the interplay between emotional and psychological wellbeing and our health promoting diet. Kiki holds a Bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University; and her growing realization of the need for more informed nutritional considerations in mental health led her to become a Certified Integrative Nutritionist. 

Kiki also attained licensure as a state Certified Addiction Professional to address the universal but individually nuanced ways we seek pleasure and avoid pain, along with ways the human brain and gut calculate dietary choices. Her model, rooted in the Pleasure and Ego Trap principles of Drs. Alan Goldhamer and Doug Lisle, helps clients to explore the aspects of a fulfilling life beyond solely the plate and to optimize the mind-body connection.

 As a skilled Therapist and Nutritionist rooted in the TrueNorth philosophies, Kiki guides clients away from a reliance upon hyperpalatable, dopaminergic external substances and into their internal appreciation of the sources of joy that are the rich dopamine of life itself. Her workshops “Soul Food: Your Most Essential Nutrient” and “The Om of Eating: Finding Nourishment Through Principles of Yoga” have been widely recognized as helping bridge a gap between diet and psychology.

Kiki’s style combines compassion, education, relatability, exploration, and, above all, enjoyment of the process of health attainment and sustainment. To make our good health and longevity feel worth our efforts, our paths to attaining these should be enlightening and, of course, pleasurable! Indeed, her published article, “Your Primary Food is Not Edible” concludes: “With proper supplementation of our proclivity toward decoding diet with conscious time spent diving deep into what most feeds our souls, we just may uncover some timeless, organic nourishment. Food for thought.”