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Eating Disorder Treatment - Toronto

Have you (or someone you love) been experiencing issues with food, eating, weight and shape? You are not alone. As you may already sense, intuitively, eating issues are often external expressions of deeper emotions and suffering. Finding help can be scary - but looking at options (which, I'm guessing, is why you're reading this!) is an amazing first step. The best big leap is reaching out to a therapist who resonates with you, even a little, to begin exploring your options.

What can you expect? In general, you can expect to get better. Research shows that most people who seek treatment for eating disorders do see improvements with time. I have certainly witnessed this time and time again in my own work. Otherwise, my general process tends to look as follows:

  • Intake and Needs Assessment

  • Goal-setting and Development of an Individual Formulation + Plan

  • Motivation and/or Readiness Enhancement

  • Behavioural Change / Reduction of Harmful Behaviour/Physical Risks

  • Coping Replacement and Psycho/Social Support, which may include:

    • Emotion Regulation/Skill Development

    • Cognitive Regulation/Skill Development

    • Neural/Habit Change

    • Assertiveness and Interpersonal skills

  • Body Image Improvement and Acceptance

  • Self/Identity Development and Life Enhancement/Re-engagement

  • Maintaining Freedom and Peace + Relapse Prevention

These steps and changes are supported through evidence-based techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-Based therapies. Throughout this process, you will not only establish a regimen that will help you live and maintain more freedom, peace and balance with your body and food; but you will also address the thoughts, feelings, circumstances and behaviours that maintain disordered eating and have prevented you from coping in more self-supportive ways. Clients who go through the process walk away with a life that they are excited about and thrilled to engage in, which is more than most clients even envision for themselves when we start working together.

What about my family or loved ones? where relevant and/or desired, family members, partners, or close others are included in client’s process and the whole system can be addressed or healed. Loved ones often find they not only better-understand what the person who suffers with the eating disorder is going through; but they also learn more effective ways of offering support without enabling or enmeshing themselves in the process.

How do we achieve these changes? My approach is based on evidence-based treatments grounded in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E) and supported through Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT); Mindfulness-based techniques, such as enhancing self-compassion, mindful eating, or urge surfing; as well as aspects of psychodynamic and acceptance-and-commitment therapeutic techniques. What does all that mumbo-jumbo mean? We will start by practically assessing your thoughts and behaviours related to food, eating, weight, and shape so we can address behaviours first and create some immediate change, while using techniques that explore deeper feelings, beliefs, life-experiences, traumas, and relationships (to yourself and others) so that we can uncover what is happening at a core level and support you in meaningfully creating a life and view of yourself that you'll love.

Not sure? I'm happy to help you face getting help. Call or text me for an initial conversion: 647-880-7118.

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Digital Therapy for Eating Disorders

Prefer online treatment? Whether you live somewhere that it is hard to access treatment or you just don’t want to commute, it isn't always easy to access strong support, especially for speciality fields like eating disorder treatment. That's why I do offer distance e-counselling via online video conference or through other means. 

Learn more here or call or text me for an initial conversation at: 647-880-7118, or email joelle@kernelofwisdom.com.