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 if we are to work together? First, we complete a thorough intake process designed to identify the function of your disorder and help you connect with your motivation for change. From there, we use evidence-based, Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E) to establish a regimen that will help you achieve more balance over time. Third, we will address the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that maintain disordered eating and enhance your ability to address your needs by adding more strategies for coping to your repertoire through Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness, or other personalized techniques. Furthermore, we look at the underlying factors that may be perpetuating the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be driving your relationship to food, weight, and shape so that you can better understand what is going on for you and address your feelings and behaviours at their core, allowing you to better understand yourself and your needs, and find peace. Finally, we will identify any further actions and habits that will help you maintain your new, healthy, balanced lifestyle and live a life you're excited about.
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.
Video-Based, Online Counselling and Psychotherapy
Do you live in an area where it is difficult to access the treatment you need? Finding adequate support isn't always easy, especially for speciality fields like eating disorder treatment. That's why I do offer distance e-counselling via video conference or over the phone.
Do you live somewhere with less access to treatment and are interested in distance sessions? Call or text me for an initial conversation at: 647-880-7118.
Counsellor. Psychotherapist. Social Worker. Psychologist. Psychiatrist. Huh?
When looking for help, there is a lot of jargon to sift through. It’s absolutely normal to have questions such as, “what could possibly be the difference between these titles?” or “what the heck is it that you do… exactly?”.
To help, let’s break down the titles a little:
Psychiatrists are medical doctors and generally (but not always) focus on prescribing medications for mental health concerns.
Psychologists more commonly offer psychotherapy (talk therapy) but also have the ability to make formal diagnoses. These practitioners also have a clinical PhD. That can mean that many of them specialize in more complex treatment and many are a little more expensive. That said, some insurance companies will also cover Psychologists (but not other practitioners). So, if you have insurance coverage for a Psychologist or if you need a formal diagnosis, this is the practitioner to see.
Psychotherapists specialize in psychotherapy, which is a form of talk therapy that helps increase your self-awareness; see patterns of thought, feeling, or behaviour that affect you; and often explores the way that these patterns and/or your past influence who you are today. The intention of this process is to help you develop enough insight about yourself that you are empowered to change, allowing many people to heal mentally, emotionally, socially, and sometimes even physically. There are often two types of psychotherapist available - social workers (those who have a Master of Social Work and are generally listed as MSWs) or those who practice in counselling psychology (who generally have an MA/MEd and have the designation of Registered Psychotherapist/RP and Canadian Certified Counsellor), but both offer similar services if they are delivering psychotherapy. They are also less expensive than Psychologists and offer similar services and results, particularly for the “average” client. They cannot offer a diagnosis, but will help you understand your symptoms and reduce, eliminate, or manage symptoms. Common concerns include: anxiety disorders (i.e., generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic), depression and or mood disorders (i.e., dysthemia, bipolar disorders, etc.), eating disorders, addiction/substance use issues, trauma (developmental trauma or incident-based trauma), personality disorders, etc.
Counsellors work in a similar way to psychotherapists, but focuses more on building skills (i.e., life skills, relationship skills, decision-making skills, etc.) and coping strategies (i.e., emotion regulation, stress management, etc.). Common issues include: work/career challenges, relationship challenges, work-life balance, stress management, perfectionism, low self-esteem, loss, etc.
As a Registered Psychotherapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor, I deliver both counselling and psychotherapy. If either sounds like something you might be interested in, text or call me for an initial conversation: 647-880-7118.