Danielle Cacioppo, ME
Danielle Cacioppo is an artist, nutritionist, and educator. She graduated from Hofstra University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts before earning a Master of Education from Grand Canyon University. Working with both adolescents and adults, Danielle teaches about health and wellness in addition to utilizing the creative process to heal. She has studied the relationship between nutrition and mental health extensively as well as the connection between art and social- emotional learning.
Danielle started her career as an ACE certified personal trainer which led her to learn more about nutrition and behavior. While teaching her clients how to exercise effectively, she quickly realized they would not make long-term progress without fueling their bodies properly. Danielle became a nationally accredited Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant and implemented a nutrition program in multiple fitness centers. Since then, she has studied the emerging field of Nutritional Psychiatry. The food we eat clearly impacts how we feel physically, cognitively and emotionally, and Danielle works to educate others about this connection.
Danielle became certified to teach Visual Arts in New York State in 2010. Honoring each students' individuality, she engages their minds, bodies and spirits with fun projects and lessons to foster creativity and self-esteem while developing social and emotional skills. When people are encouraged to create in a safe space backed by a therapeutic relationship, they can feel free to explore self-expression, leading them to gain personal insight and develop new coping skills.
Danielle is thrilled to be part of the Chi Professional Development Family and grateful to be sharing her experience with the mental health professional community.