EATING DISORDERS AND DISORDERED EATING
It may had started out as a healthy lifestyle plan or a diet, but you have found yourself struggling with an eating disorder or a form of disordered eating. You've reached a point where you are fed up and want to change. You are motivated and determined, but feel stuck in how to change and cope without using food, weight loss or exercise
While recovery is challenging, one of my greatest passions in my job as a counsellor is helping clients develop tools and gain insight so that they no longer lean on disordered eating behaviours. I have experience working in partial-hospitalization and outpatient programs for eating disorders, including the Vancouver Coastal Health eating disorder program. In my private practice, I use a HAES (health at every size approach) aligned approach to help support client's in their recovery.
WHAT SESSIONS MAY LOOK LIKE
IDENTIFYING AND REFRAMING NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AROUND FOOD AND BODY
EXPLORING TRIGGERS AND FACTORS RELATING BINGING, PURGING, EXCESSIVE EXERCISE AND FOOD AVOIDANCE
TACKLE BEHAVIOURS IN A COMPASSIONATE AND PROACTIVE MANNER
INCORPORATING HUMOUR AND CREATIVITY INTO THE RECOVERY PROCESS
A BIT ABOUT ARFID
Avoidant Food Intake Restrictive Disorder
For those struggling with ARFID, finding support can be difficult due to the stigma and lack of education around food intolerance. Many clients find individual counselling helpful in feeling validated and making goals tailored to their specific needs. Would you like to incorporate a few more foods into your diet, or find strategies to eat out with a loved one? Do you want to practice food exposures in session, or do you need a place to talk about anxiety and stress related to eating?
I have received training and ongoing clinical supervision in CBT, mindfullness and meal support for clients presenting with ARFID. I am happy to talk more about your specific needs and hopes for counselling.