Alice Baland, MA, LPC, RD, LD
Private Practice Dietitian, Counselor, Certified Life Coach and Medical & Analytical Hypnotherapist
President of the American Psychological Medical Hypnosis Association (APMHA)
Master Trainer, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
How did you get started in your career?
First, I got my Bachelor of Science in Foods & Nutrition with a minor in Business from Texas Tech University. After graduation I worked as a Catering Manager for a restaurant in Denver and later as a Nutritionist for WIC , plus cardiovascular and weight control in community nutrition. After I returned to Texas and completed my B.S. in Clinical Dietetics at UT Southwestern in Dallas, I became a Registered Dietitian. I worked as a clinical dietitian in hospitals for a while, then started the first private practice in Dallas to focus more on wellness and prevention. That was very exciting! I felt I could go anywhere, do anything, and help people in numerous areas of life! That included being a consultant for national and international food companies, public speaking, diabetes, sports nutrition, obesity, children’s nutrition, and big corporations, such as TI, EDS, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas to name a few.
Several years ago I returned to graduate school andearned my Master of Arts in Counseling from Amber University in Dallas. I did an extensive and excellent internship with a private practice psychologist where I became a specialist in treating trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, sexual abuse, major depressive disorder, anxiety, anger management, family dysfunction, dissociative identity disorder, and other co-morbid conditions with eating disorders. I learned so much personally and professionally and just loved it! Part of my internship included training as a Play Therapist with the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center in Plano. I worked with an interdisciplinary team for the benefit of children in harm’s way and their parents and grandparents, including leading groups. I love groups! As a Certified Life Coach I also help people nationwide with a variety of concerns from nutrition to weight management to emotional eating and menu planning. I specialize in treating bulimia/emotional/binge/stress eating disorders, plus mother/daughter and father/daughter prevention of weight problems and eating disorders.
This combination of psychotherapist, dietitian, life coach, speaker and workshop leader is exciting for me! I enjoy leading TeleSeminars and workshops. Now I’m working on finishing Cooking with Wild Abandon! and a few other books. Life is great and there are always vital ways to help others now and inthe future.
What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
Get a great education and a variety of experience. Practice your skills. Be a self-reliant individual and do what you really like, not just what everyone else is doing. Get a lot of training and experience in business and marketing, not just your practice area. I enjoyed serving on the district, state, and national levels of professional organizations, and would recommend this to you too. You’ll meet some great people, learn new skills, and gain more confidence. Be persevering and never give up. Believe in yourself!