Laurie Bowen, B.Ed., C.D.C.,M.S.W.,R.S.W.
Registered Psychotherapist/Social Worker
Bank St, Ottawa, ON
AFL offers compassionate counselling to those suffering from eating disorders. Enhancing self-esteem and confidence while uncovering your hidden talent or gift is the strengths perspective approach that is woven into everything we do at AFL. Distorted body images are explored while expressing the emotional turmoil that accompanies eating disorders through art, music, drama, writing and dance/drumming and talk therapies. We offer a multifaceted approach that gives the client a choice which further empowers them to move toward living a healthy and happy life. All treatment plans at AFL are created with the client interests and needs in mind and the client is an active participant.
Kim Maillet, B. Ed, MA, CCC
Certified Canadian Counsellor
773 Percifor Way, Ottawa, ON K1W 0E5
The goals for someone with an eating disorder may be to improve her/his body image and self-esteem and, perhaps to address other emotional issues. If you have an eating disorder, or think you may have one; you may discover that you have other problems in your life such as depression, stress, or substance abuse. You may explore feelings of sadness, anxiety, or anger with your therapist. When clients and therapists have a “good fit” with one another, counselling sessions can help a client to explore their “eating disordered thinking” and behaviors and learn strategies to become healthy and whole.
Conny Barry, RP, M.Ed. (Counselling), CCC
Can. Cert. Counsellor and Registered Psychotherapist
Ottawa South, Alta Vista, Ottawa, ON K1H 5T7
In a supportive and empathic environment I help people who are suffering from an eating disorder to develop trust, build motivation for change, implement and maintain strategies to change as well as monitor their recovery process and journey of self-discovery. I work with both cognitive and behavioral strategies as well as an insight-oriented focus on the client's awareness of self and body. My work with an eating disorder often includes family of origin issues.
Yoshie Martinez, M.Ed., CCC
Canadian Certified Counsellor
317 Catherine St., Ottawa, ON K2R 5T4
Eating disorders often arise from a lack of control over one's life. This need is often created from a rigid and demanding environment that did not give you freedom to be yourself. You were forced to behave and meet expectations to be someone you are not comfortable being and did not have someone you could fully trust to be yourself and to lean on. I will give you space to be yourself and work with you to regain a sense of self, while providing tools to cope with life's stressors.
Liesel Aranyosi, Registered Professional Counsellor
Lifesource Medical Centre, 2130 Robertson Rd., Ottawa, ON K2H 5Z1
Eating Disorders is another behavior that has been learned through practice. It is another habit that can be unlearned. It is effective to go into the underlying reasons for the behavior. There, we will find a lot of self esteem issues and deeply rooted negative core beliefs which are negative underlying assumptions about ourselves. People can greatly benefit from correcting those negative core assumptions so we may stop the surfacing of negative thoughts. By learning how to, we can change negative thoughts to either neutral or positive thoughts, which will tell our brains to make our bodies feel calmer or happier feelings. Only then are we able to stop the self defeating behaviors.
Ros Macdonald, BA, MSW, RSW
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Unit 125 - 2111 Montreal Rd., Ottawa, ON K1J 8M8
My goal is to support you to accept yourself, as well as care for yourself and your body. I can encourage you to understand societal and media pressures which contribute to eating disorders. I would offer you relaxation exerces and cognitive therapy. I am also trained in EMDR and EFT which help overcome eating disorders by positively shifting our thinking and modifying our anxiety response. By acknowledging you have a problem and want to find a solution, you are much closer to resolving it. When we are in crisis we are more motivated to step out of our old habits that no longer serve us well. I serve adults and young adults 16 +. This is your opportunity. I am here to help you.
Jane Langmaid, M. Ed. (Counselling)
Registered Psychotherapist, Ontario
124 O'Connor St, Suite 503, Ottawa, ON K1P 5M9
My experience is primarily with overeating. I like Martha Beck's "been there" caring philosophy and approach and recommend her book and CD "The Four Day Win". My role is to provide psychological support. In addition to working on historical issues that may stand in the way, there is also a need to befriend the "inner critic" and "wild child" voices inside, and take small steps that are sustainable. I encourage assistance from groups and dietician and provide family/couple sessions as needed.
Richard Merrill Haney, M.Ed., Ph.D. (Counselling Therapy)
Couple Counselling/Coaching and Family Mediation Specialist
301 Bank St. (at Somerset St.) In Centretown, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X7
In my counselling practice and in my hypnotherapy practice I often talk with clients about what is "weighing them down" when they come to me with weight issues. If they come to me with an eating disorder that is not about weight but about consumption practices that are hurting them I will ask them how they connect with their external world and their life-style without using food or drink as the connector. In either case I have several hypnotherapy techniques that are specifically designed for overcoming eating disorders.
Suzanne More Kerr, M.A. (C. Psych.), C.C.C.
Marriage & Family & Individual Psychotherapist
611 - 267 O'Connor Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1V3
When I see a client with an eating disorder, I do not focus on the disordered behaviour as such. Rather, together we explore the client's family or origin and attachment history--from which our belief system about ourselves and the world are derived. I see this disordered behaviour as most often the result of the debilitating effect of an attachment wound.