I use a therapeutic relationship based on trust, understanding and compassion in order to support clients in making changes. Often clients feel shame about some of their eating or exercise habits. I am non-judgmental and understand that eating disorder symptoms and unhealthy habits develop for good reasons. My feedback is caring and honest, and I invite you to be part of the process of developing a plan for change.
Areas of Focus
Most of my experience has been helping clients with:
In our work together, I will emphasize practical, realistic steps. My approach isn’t about unsustainable “quick fixes”, but rather manageable changes that can last a lifetime. I am happy to work alongside other counsellors if you're already seeing someone else for psychological counselling.
Philosophy of Nutrition
I believe that food is not only fuel, but also an important part of our quality of life. I'll never label foods as “good” or “bad”. Nutrition choices are complex and multi-faceted. We may or may not have access to the type of food we would like to be eating, and we may or may not have the time and energy available to prepare that food we would like to be eating.
Our health isn’t determined just by what we eat, but also by how much, how often, and for what purpose. I will invite you to share about the foods you have found most nourishing, energizing, comforting and nostalgic in your life. I am engaged in ongoing learning about how traditionally white, Euro-centric foods have dominated messages about what it is to eat "healthily". I will strive to ensure that we don't overlook the important health qualities and value of all kinds of traditional foods, both in families and in diverse cultures.
The Nutrition Counselling Process
Nutrition work will be tailored to your individual needs. Together, we will explore what changes could be made to your eating and exercise routine, the pros and cons of making changes, which changes you feel willing and able to make right now, and how to support you in taking those next steps. You will control of the type and pace of change.