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MY JOURNEY

My own personal journey through life thus far has brought me to a place where I feel truly connected both personally and professionally to creating space for those with mind-body disconnection to dive into their own empowerment. As our cultural landscape moves more and more towards controlling our food and body experiences through disembodied practices, I feel a growing mission to be an outlier for individuals looking to reengage with themselves from a place of intuitive wisdom.

I too have been entrenched in the belief that continuously moving the goal post of good enough would somehow find me the relief I needed, without realizing the damage it had on my relationship with food, body, and exercise. I get that the life you are living is leading you to get lost in your thoughts instead of lost in the moment and that you are putting most, if not all of your energy into trying to control everything and anything so that you don’t have to deal with the potential for failure, your overwhelming emotions, or the vulnerability of it all. Beginning to turn my dedication to control and perfectionism into a dedication for cultivating self-awareness and self-compassion allowed me to tune into the values I was neglecting and the embodiment that I was craving.

My inspiration to do this work comes from the belief that as humans we are all on a continuous journey of recovering from the past, healing for the future, and doing the best we can with what we have in the present. At each new transition and challenge in life, we get another opportunity to grow further into ourselves and brighten our ability for authenticity. As we move through our individual journey’s, we all deserve to feel empowered enough, meaningful enough, and worthy enough to be still, go outside and play, and maybe even let go so we can go to bed at a decent hour!

 

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MY QUALIFICATIONS

I am a Registered Psychotherapist as well as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (C.C.C.) and a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). I completed my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counselling at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY. During my 3 years in the program and through personal experience, I discovered my passion and connection to the field of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Therapy. I was afforded the amazing opportunity to complete my clinical training at a local Eating Disorder clinic where I learned and utilized various evidence-based models of therapy to help those struggling with Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Body Image and Self-Esteem Concerns, Anxiety/OCD, Emotional Trauma, and Life Meaning.

I have also held the title of Program Assistant and Group Facilitator for a non-profit community organization whose mission is to provide innovative services for those struggling with Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating. In this role I developed and facilitated various groups and workshops for those struggling and contributed to macro efforts to expand availability and accessibility of services for individuals with Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating. I have additional training in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders through York University, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders through the Ontario Community Outreach Program For Eating Disorders, Trauma Strategies through the Crisis and Trauma Institute, “Working with Core Beliefs of ‘Never Good Enough” through the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, among others. I am continuously participating in extended training so that I can stay current on evidence-based modalities for guiding those in recovering from eating disorders/disorders eating and accompanying emotional, mental, and physical challenges. My current endeavors include working towards completing my Emotion-Focused Therapy Level 1 Certification and my Yoga Teacher Training Certification.