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Eating disorder recovery is a challenging road, both for the affected individual as well as their family and friends. It takes specialist support, expert knowledge, understanding, and compassion, all of which I offer through my private services.
I work with people in all age groups who have, or have had, a diagnosis of:
- anorexia nervosa
- bulimia nervosa
- binge eating disorder
- orthorexia nervosa
- other specified feeding and eating disorders (OSFED)
I also work with those who are at risk of developing an eating disorder, who have shown early signs of disordered eating, and who have a preoccupation with their appearance and weight, as well as those who do not fall into a formal diagnosis but are struggling with:
- food restriction
- emotional eating
- excessive exercise
- under exercising
- obsessive rituals around food and eating
- a preoccupation with “clean eating”
- low self-esteem and body confidence
- developing a healthy relationship with food
For acute or persistent eating disorders, I recommend front-loading appointments, starting with 2 or 3 sessions per week for the first month. This rapid early intervention approach has been shown to lead to better recovery outcomes for those with eating disorders (*1, 2).
Please note that all of my interventions are non-medical – I do not re-feed or advise on medication.
Some examples of my services are:
Waitlist Service: providing therapy while you, or your child, is on a waitlist for a local program
Waitlists to be assessed by a public service / program can be long. I provide eating disorder therapy in the meantime, with the aim of avoiding the need for a hospital admission. I also work to increase “readiness for change” to help prepare those who are resistant to therapy, leading to better outcomes.
For those who have been discharged from an inpatient, outpatient, day hospital or residential program, but are seeking additional support during this transition.
Added Therapy Time
If you’re already working with a team but feel you’re not getting enough therapy time, I can work with your existing team to provide extra sessions. Please note that consent forms need to be signed allowing myself and your team to share information about our sessions; some teams may not be willing to work in conjunction with a private therapist, so please ask them first.
When mealtimes are difficult, I can offer specialized support for individuals and their families. This typically involves developing strategies, anxiety management before, during and after meals, and can be done over the video or phone from your home, work or school (if appropriate).
Grocery Shopping and Food Preparation
For teenagers and young adults, planning meals, buying groceries and preparing food can be a challenging responsibility. Over the phone, I can support during a grocery shopping trip, and via video call, I can guide meal preparation by managing anxiety, conflict resolution (with family or partners) and appropriate portion size.
In-person sessions can be held in Vancouver, but travel time will be charged on top of the regular session fee.
Sessions for Parents and Family Members
If you’re caring for someone with an eating disorder and you want help navigating their behaviour, I can answer your questions, develop helpful strategies, and offer support as you navigate this difficult time.
For those new to relaxation or who like short breathing exercises, I create audio downloads that are under 5 minutes in length. They focus on basic breathing techniques to help train your nervous system to calm down and include some specifically made for eating disorders. Visit the shop: 5-Minute Relaxation Exercises.
Online Programs: self-paced (coming soon)
I have two online courses coming soon: I Think My Child Has an Eating Disorder: What Do I Do Now? and My Parents Think I Have an Eating Disorder: What Am I Supposed to Do About It? Please contact me if you’d like to be a beta tester and access some of the content for free.
Prevention (coming soon)
I am creating programs for schools and organizations that are interested in identifying risk factors for developing eating disorders, and providing their pupils or members sessions on self-esteem building, emotional regulation, coping strategies, resilience, and developing a healthy relationship with food. Please contact me if you are interested and I can prioritize creating a program that fits your needs.
*1. Canadian Eating Disorders Alliance (2019) Canadian Eating Disorders Strategy 2019 - 2029.
*2. Pinhas, L., Wong, J., & Woodside, D. B. (2014) “Early Intervention in EDs,” in P. Byrne and A. Rosen (eds.) (2014) Early Intervention in Psychiatry: EI of nearly everything for better mental health, John Wiley & Sons (New Jersey, USA).