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Eating Disorders 2017-05-29T14:34:58+00:00

Eating Disorders / Disordered Eating

People struggling with disordered eating/eating disorders are disconnected from their bodies. We also live in a world with an overload of information of how to eat, how to look and how to self care.

I focus on supporting and guiding people to listen more attentively to their own body’s needs and cues and trust in these messages.

Imposing restrictive eating rules is not attainable without negative consequences and behaviours. My goal as a nutrition therapist is to help you create your own individual ‘food identity’ and related eating plans.

Furthermore, I guide you through the phases of recovery.  Usually we start with mechanical eating: highly structured meal plan with individualised meal and snack examples and timing; in conjunction with exposure therapy (including feared foods and eating experiences). Once there is more mastery and comfort with consistent nourishment, we gradually progress to intuitive eating where you learn to trust your body’s hunger and fullness cues as well as the pleasure of eating.  Mindful eating is also used to learn to connect and be present with the experience.
I am responsive to each individual’s needs as well as including your support systems: that could be your parents, your spouse or a professional.  While most of our sessions are one-on-one or family nutrition counselling, experiential approaches are also used such as cooking,  in session eating support, restaurant eating or grocery shopping.

With children and youth, parents are the key supporters in recovery.  I integrate my Maudsley and Family Based Therapy training to teach parents who to be emotionally-attuned eating coaches for their struggling children.

My clients include:

  • Anorexia Nervosa/ Bulimia
  • Binge-Eating Disorder
  • Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intolerant Disorder (extreme picky eaters)
  • Co-Morbid Mental Health
  • Addictions
  • Compulsive Exercise
  • Fertility (Hypothalamic Amenhorrea)

If you have a child struggling with an eating disorder, watch this wonderful video created by BC’s Kelty Mental Health on how to provide meal support.

Julie wrote about the pain of eating during an active phase of her eating disorder:
“I just need to write out that I need to stay committed to this process. Every bit of food I eat is subjected to such scrutiny and I feel horrible after I’ve eaten. And it makes me not want to eat at all…

But I AM eating – and EVERY TIME I FIND A TINY AMOUNT OF STRENGTH, I hold on tight and make a really strong pro-recovery decision but then can’t stand myself (or my ass or my thighs) for making the decision…

Food is NOT a moral issue, but I keep making it one; not for anyone else but for myself. And I can’t figure out how to stop that, or how to make it not affect me.

I’m still committed… It’s just very hard.
Thanks for listening”

And this is how brave she was… She is fully recovered now. Here are some of Julie’s photos:

I provide:
• Individual, couple, family nutrition therapy
• Meal planning
• Meal and snack outings
• Grocery shopping and cooking
• Meal support
Anorexia Nervosa
Binge Eating Disorder
Bulimia Nervosa
Eating Disorder (NOS)
Night Eating Syndrome
Mindless Eating
Emotional Eating
Compulsive Exercising
Addiction and Eating Disorders

Personal testimonial of a recovering client

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I have worked with Susan for well over a decade, both collaboratively within a hospital based inter-disciplinary team and referring patients to her private practice. I have always found her to be an extremely knowledgeable, honest, and compassionate clinician.
Dr. Sheri Turrell, C. Psych, Registered Psychologist
“I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Susan to help several clients recover from eating disorders. Susan provides an excellent combination of warmth and direction that is so effective in supporting clients to step outside their comfort zones to do what they need to do to recover.”
Dr. Sheri Turrell, C. Psych, Registered Psychologist
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