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
- 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.