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Areas of Practice:  Addictions/Substance Abuse, Chronic Illness, Couple's Counselling, Eating Disorders (scroll down the page for more information), Mood Disorders (Anxiety & Depression), Parenting, Women's Issues, Codependency, Communication Issues, Eating Issues, Workplace Concerns, Grief and Loss, Sport Performance, Stress Management, Domestic Abuse & Safety Planning, Crisis Intervention (including Suicide), Mindfulness Practices, Meditation.

I use a collaborative, individualized approach as a counsellor.  Sessions with me are solution-focused with the aim of clearly identifying what the issue of concern is, finding useful strategies to address the issue and devising a plan to put those strategies into practice in real life.  I always aims to include important aspects of my clients' lives to assist in their healing and change process.  This may include cultural, spiritual or religious elements depending on the individual.  Where appropriate, I may employ the following therapeutic modalities: 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Grief Counselling, Group Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive-behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Applied Behavioural Analysis, Humanistic, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Strength Based, Anger Management, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Family Based Therapy (see Adolescent Anorexia/Bulimia under the COUNSELLING TAB above).  

Eating Disorders:  Counselling for an eating disorder of any description typically requires a minimum of 10 sessions but may go beyond 20, depending on how advanced the disorder is and the individual's readiness to change.  Eating disorders are complex illnesses that can wreak havoc in the life of the sufferer and his or her family.  Early intervention and prevention efforts are extremely important!  If you suspect your child may have a problem, ask a professional.  It is better to err on the side of caution than to dismiss what might develop into a very serious and life-threatening illness.  Age of onset for eating disorders typically is around adolescence but can begin earlier or later.  When disordered eating has definitely veered into the advanced stages, a team of helping professionals is indicated for effective treatment.  An Eating Disorder Therapist such as myself, a Registered Dietitian with expertise in disordered eating, a medical doctor, and possibly a psychiatrist comprise the team which addresses all aspects of the illness - mental, emotional, social, physical, nutritional, and psychiatric.  

‚ÄčIn addition to my experience as a professional counsellor, I have over 20 years of experience working with people affected by disordered eating (compulsive eating, binge eating, restricting, purging, body dysmorphia), assisting them in their recovery journey as a mentor and peer counsellor.  I have extensive personal experience which is reassuring to many of my clients as I walk the talk knowing all the while that there are many paths to recovery and no two people will travel the exact same path.  I am committed to helping my clients find the path that works best for them.  A former competitive athlete on the national level in two sports and a coach, I work effectively with athletes who have special considerations when disordered eating (particularly undereating) is suspected.

Tara Hope, MACP, RCC, Eating Disorder Counsellor in Courtenay, BC; Food Addiction Counselling and Consulting; 

Hope Counselling and Consulting eating disorder counsellor and consultant; food addiction counsellor and consultant  

Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit