eating disorder counsellor in courtenay 

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​​​​Parent Consultations for those with children suffering from: anxiety, disordered eating, depression, behaviour issues, school refusal, online/screen addiction.

Consultations for friends or family members concerned about a loved one's possible eating disorder, addiction, or other worrisome behaviour.

Consultations for coaches concerned about an athletes' performance as related to a possible eating disorder and/or performance anxiety.

​​​The primary aim of a consultation session is to come up with a mutually agreed upon plan of action for dealing with whatever worrisome issue the individual in question (whether a child, spouse, friend, athlete or loved one) is exhibiting.  Some examples of what we address in consultation sessions include but are not limited to:

  •  How do you open up a dialogue with the person in question?
  •  What needs to be done (if anything) to help or support the individual?
  • How do you take care of yourself in the midst of your worry about your loved one?
  • What do you do when your loved one is refusing help for their issue? 
  • When do non-negotiables need to be put in place at home and how are they done?
  • How do you figure what to prepare for meals when a child:  is afraid to eat, refuses to eat with the family, overeats, undereats, hides food, obsesses about calories, has obsessive rituals at mealtime like cutting food up into tiny pieces and so on?
  • How do you talk to an athlete and/or his or her parents when you notice things like significant weight loss, training well beyond your expectations, lack of connection with other athletes on the team, performance anxiety, or perfectionism?

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Figuring out how to approach a loved one who seems to be (or definitely is) suffering from disordered eating or other self-defeating behavour is not easy.  For example, parents with children exhibiting disordered eating behaviour, each meal can be a time of confusion and stress.  We may not know what to prepare, what not to prepare (how much, how little, which food groups), and what to say or not to say when our child is demanding more or less or something altogether different.  Fear and frustration can compel us to give advice and make well-intentioned comments that shut down communication rather than open it up.  It is a very, very sensitive topic for the sufferer but one that needs to be addressed.  I cannot overemphasize the importance of getting help for yourself, whether you are a parent, a sibling, a close friend, spouse, or partner.  You play an important role in the person's recovery from that which is causing dysfunction and impeding emotional, social, and sometimes physical development.  I encourage you,  the loved one, to take very good care of yourself.  I can help you to sort through the quagmire.  I am a very committed counsellor, offering help between sessions at no extra charge - I do this via email, text, and phone.  


**Please read the GUIDELINES' section under the COUNSELLING tab above.  This is important information for parents of a child of any age with ED behaviours to consider.**

The PARENT TOOLKIT published by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) is also a good resource.

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