FREE PHONE CONSULT
When you first reach out to inquire about services, you'll be offered a phone consultation. This conversation is really informal and will allow us to get know one another briefly. Your clinician will be curious to hear what brings you to therapy and what you're looking for in a therapist and treatment. We can discuss practical considerations like fees and timing of sessions (days of the week and times). Based on our consultation, if we feel like there is a service better suited to your needs, we can offer those suggestions. You are not committed to booking in after our consultation.
During your first appointment, we will complete an assessment to better understand your symptoms and your needs. We will be curious to know what brings you to therapy and more about the history of your difficulties. If you are working with a psychologist, a diagnostic assessment is available. Based on this assessment, we'll provide you with feedback on your symptoms and we will collaboratively decide on a treatment plan (eg. frequency and number of sessions, treatment focus and goals). Of course, this plan will shift as we go, but a starting direction can ensure we are both on the same page. This also offers us a chance to get to know one another and to see if the services offered feel like a good fit for what you are hoping for.
One-on-one support using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and other evidence-based approaches
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a treatment designed to help you become your own therapist. Sessions are focused on providing you with insights and skills needed to feel better able to tackle difficult emotions and life's challenges. We will also bring in other therapeutic techniques when needed, such as emotion regulation skills, mindfulness-based approaches, and self-compassion.
Specialty areas of service include:
Eating disorders and body image issues (eg. binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, emotional overeating, food aversions, difficult relationship with food and/or body)
Bariatric surgery (eg. adapting to lifestyle changes, anxiety around weight regain, navigating challenges post-surgery)
Anxiety (eg. excessive worrying, panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, perfectionism)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, trichotillomania (hair pulling)
Mood (eg. depression, low self-esteem, stress)
Difficulty coping with medical conditions (eg. insomnia, diabetes, tinnitus, etc) and/or life transitions (pregnancy, menopause, bariatric surgery)
CBT typically involves weekly 50-minute sessions for 4-20 weeks, but can be longer for ongoing support. Based on an assessment of your symptoms at our first meeting, we can work together to design a treatment plan that will meet your needs.
BETTER YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD & YOUR BODY
Specialized sessions include education, food diaries/monitoring, & tools to work on body image and disordered eating
Having a volatile relationship with food and your body is a struggle for many. There are so many conflicting messages in our society about what health and wellness looks like. Regrettably, many sources are making money off of people feeling inadequate in their bodies and perceiving that they have full control over their weight. In getting back to the science, we see that there are many contributors to weight and eating.
Our specialized area is working with individuals who are looking to overcome their battle with food, to optimize their health, and to be compassionate toward the body that is natural for them. Our practice aligns with the anti-diet, fat positive, and health at every size (HAES) movements, which are evidence-based revolutions changing how we can optimize health and well-being for individuals of all shapes and sizes. This approach affects how we talk the multifaceted complexity of issues around weight. If you do choose weight loss, we want you to do so only after being equipped with the science on weight, nutrition, and body image.