Areas Of Focus

How I can help

  • Explore how food has helped you survive and what you can do now to thrive without food-centric methods.
  • Incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your day in ways that feel natural, especially if you aren’t someone who wants to sit on a pillow and chant.
  • Notice your thought processes and identify if they are getting in the way and challenge those thoughts.
  • Dissect anxiety and depression, expressly as it relates to your body, and challenge it with exposure therapy, behaviour experiments, journalling and thought records. 
  • Assemble a kit of tools and techniques to support you when your emotions are intense. 
  • Explore ways to build your confidence and self-compassion.
  • Provide support and accountability to change food behaviours that you struggle to stop (ex: correct portioning, slowing down, grazing, night eating, bingeing) 
  • Look at how your early attachment with your family of origin may play a role in your relationship with food, and if trauma plays a role in your story we can incorporate Complex Certified Trauma Treatment. As well we will use techniques from Mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders (EFT-ED), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).   

 

**Please note, as a social worker I cannot help with nutrition and medical concerns, please talk to your doctor or bariatric team.

 

How I can help

  • Supply a space where your entire story is heard and create a new narrative where you are the hero.
  • Engage in cognitive reframing around areas that have you stuck.
  • Provide education about how trauma can affect a person mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
  • Support you in untangling you as a person, from your trauma.
  • Process emotions wholeheartedly but in ways that do not overwhelm you and affect relationships with others.
  • Examine attachment styles and the ways past trauma is intruding into your current life.
  • Practice acceptance, mindfulness and self-compassion–don’t worry, forgiveness is not necessary!
  • Locate your values so that they lead your life choices.
  • Explore any guilt, shame and disgust and the ways it can manifest like self-hatred or self-harm.  
  • Make sure that there are no therapy-interfering behaviours meddling in your efforts to grow.
  • Recognize your true core self, and not the layers of inauthenticity trauma can create. 
  • Use techniques learned from training as a Complex Certified Trauma Professional (Levels I and II), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD symptoms, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotion Regulation strategies.

How I can help

  • Bear witness to your grief and a space to share the good, and the not-so-good of the loss or the deceased.
  • Listen to the story of the deceased’s life, death and funeral and assist you in maintaining a connection to the deceased’s life.
  • Share anything left unsaid in your situation and present a variety of strategies so you feel heard.
  • Build tools that will prepare you to get through holidays, anniversaries and birthdays related to the loss.
  • Help you unpack relationships and support you in remembering what you want from future relationships while not rushing into anything new. 
  • Ascertain how to identify emotions, and learn to sit with uncomfortable emotions.
  • Use behavioural activation so loss, loneliness or pain doesn’t overwhelm you into inaction.
  • Discern how to grieve if it feels like you are stuck, and adjust to your new life.
  • Examine your cognitive processes to establish if stuck points, cognitive distortions or biases are in the way of your healing.
  • Learn how Acceptance can propel you forward, while being neither resignation or forgiveness. 
  • Highlight your tenacity, durability and courage as you move bravely into uncertainty.
  • Provide a variety of therapies we can combine to support Grief and Loss including Grief Counselling, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

How I can help

  • Employ strategies to improve motivation and feelings of self-worth like behavioural activation, monitoring, block scheduling, narrative storytelling and self-compassion. 
  • Utilize exposure therapy, interoceptive and behaviour experiments, cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, thought records, and an examination of cognitive processes, distortions and biases for anxiety (generalized, social or illness anxiety) and panic.
  • Distinguish between those things you can and cannot change, and decide if acceptance or problem-solving may be helpful.
  • Decide if assertiveness, boundaries, or new communication skills may be beneficial and what’s getting in the way of using them.
  • Listen and empathize so you can put down the burden of this problem at least for the amount of time we are together.
  • Incorporate having depression or anxiety into your identity and find a genuine self. 
  • Remind you that you come to therapy with survival tools and indisputable strengths and support you to hone these. 
  • Provide a variety of evidence-based therapies we can combine to support Depression, Anxiety and Stress including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

How I can help

  • Reclaim who “you” are and create boundaries that support that identity.
  • Provide communication skills to strengthen your relationships.
  • Create a toolbox of techniques and strategies to help you feel and regulate your emotions, not just distract from them.
  • Support you in choosing and reaching short and long term goals.
  • Examine your relationships and how they are and are not meeting your needs.
  • Use mindful strategies to slow down and stop emotion from hijacking your reactions.
  • Build realistic self-care strategies beyond taking a bubble bath, which fit into a busy life, or a life that needs to be busier.
  • Understand what your warning signs are so you can recognize distress, and de-escalate crises quickly.
  • Celebrate you as an empath and the beauty and texture that emotions add to your life.
  • Provide a variety of therapies we can combine to support you including mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation as they are used in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

I look forward to meeting you!

Contact me to schedule your free 20 minute consultation and decide if I’m the right therapist for you.

My relationship to food, fat and bariatric surgery is complex. The day I arrived at the hospital I didn’t know if I was going to go through with bariatric surgery. I was (and am) part of the Fat movement and believe in Health At Every Size (see my journal for information about these topics). As a feminist looking to fight oppression, I feel people should not have to cram themselves into the thin, young, white, standard of beauty that fills our media to appease a fat-phobic and death-phobic society. I believe in luscious, curvy, sexy bodies that joyfully and unapologetically take up space. My experience in a bigger body, however, was neither joyful or unapologetic; but I felt a lot of shame about having surgery. Was I selling out my Fat friends? Was I taking the ‘easy way’ out? Would my partner and I get through this change? What about surgery complications? I tried to unlearn the lessons I was taught about my bigger body but eventually decided surgery prioritized my mental health. Surgery was the right decision for me. Together, we can figure out if surgery is the right decision for you, how you came to this place, and any challenges you are having after the surgery. Click here to learn how I can support you. 

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