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I struggled with an eating disorder as a teenager, dieting, restricting, binging, purging, and exercising to the point of depletion. I couldn’t function at school and watched as my top grades dropped, along with my motivation to attend classes.
After collapsing in drama class one day, I was convinced by my school counsellor to seek help. I initially went through provincially-funded services, but relapsed multiple times, and did not find someone who I really connected with and trusted.
It was a private therapist who finally was able to guide me into full recovery. She had the freedom to follow my individual needs, rather than a specific service or modality, which ultimately worked for me.
That was over 20 years ago. I have since trained as an occupational therapist and have worked with young people on inpatient hospital wards, outpatient clinics, in youth programs, at dance conferences, and in private practice.
My approach to eating disorders – and other difficulties that prevent children and young people from thriving – is gentle but firm, holistic, trauma-informed, inclusive, evidence-based, and full of compassion. I integrate occupational science, psychological research, neuroscience and clinical experience from both Canada and the UK.
I know how devastating an eating disorder can be to an individual and their family, but with specialist support, an individualized care plan, and a consistent approach, recovery is possible!
Master of Science: MSc Occupational Therapy (Leeds Beckett University, UK)
Master of Arts: MA Dance Anthropology (University of Roehampton, UK)
Additional training / experience:
Eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm, sleep, stress, persistent / chronic pain, relaxation | meditation | mindfulness | movement techniques, sensory strategies, autism, developmental delays, school-based consultation, motivational interviewing
College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC)
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) (UK)
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
I would like to acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.