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Assessing for Eating Disorders and Food Addiction
The first few sessions with me are spent determining your relationship with food and your body. For some people, it may be best to use a treatment paradigm that corresponds to eating disorders and/or food addiction. The main goal of therapy with me is working at the deeper psychological issues that cause issues with food and weight. However, assessing for these conditions, helps us both understand where therapy will go, and it allows for a framework, a treatment plan and goals for therapy.
Weight Issues are Often Accompanied by Other Psychological Conditions
Many clients I work with for food issues also face other issues such as mood disorders (moderate to major depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (OCD), trauma and ADHD. We will professionally and affably work on those issues and their relationship to your food intake and weight. As a registered psychotherapist in practice for over 10 years I have a very good understanding of these conditions and how they relate to food intake.
There are very few healthcare providers who truly understand weight and food-related issues.
If you have ever felt misunderstood by a healthcare professional in regard to your weight, no wonder? Did you know that only 6% of Canadian Psychiatrists feel confident in treating eating disorders? Did you know that food addiction is not considered a medical condition? I have spent years studying and learning about all aspects of disordered eating, eating disorders, food addiction and weight management from a psychological perspective. My own struggles, which continue even to this day, with food, weight and exercise allow me to lend an empathetic ear to what you are going through. On a more practical level, I am fortunate to be colleagues with some of Canada’s leading weight-loss physicians and psychologists. If you are looking for a doctor to support your efforts, I can help recommend you to people who are leading experts in the field.
Therapy without the “Weight”
If you have one, eating disorders and food addiction are very serious conditions. Moreover, if you have been struggling with weight for decades, it can be exhausting. Despite these very serious issues, I work hard to keep sessions with you relevant and lively. There are times for insight, for heavy emotion, for needing a shoulder to lean on and for fun. I am fortunate to love my work, and I hope it shows, whether in-session or in my online presence. As such, therapy with me is not some unknown process. I do thorough assessments at the beginning of therapy, and can always indicate why we are doing what we are doing in session.
Insurance, Therapy Sessions and COVID
As a “Registered Psychotherapist”, my billings are approved by most extended health care insurance providers. However, I always recommend that you call your provider directly and ask if your employer/organization’s group plan covers “Registered Psychotherapists” as coverage is not only dependent on the insurance company, it is also dependent on the specific group policy that you have through your employer/organization. I issue a receipt/invoice for the session which you provide to your insurer.
All my sessions are held online, using Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or by phone, as a result of COVID-19. All payments are made either through Interac email transfers and/or PayPal invoices.
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