Sue Huff is a trained Caregiver Mentor, Coach and Trainer, with extensive personal and professional knowledge about eating disorders. She intimately understands the journey that parents and caregivers take, because she supported her own daughter's difficult recovery from an eating disorder.
Sue also wrote a book about eating disorders by interviewing families who had recovered, helped launch an Albertan charity dedicated to eating disorders, gives workshops in schools to help teachers understand this illness, and currently serves on a national board, ensuring that parents are included and empowered in the national strategy.
Sue is trained in Emotion-focused Family Therapy, mediation, and peer support. She brings all of herself to work with parents as they navigate this serious, frightening, and confusing brain-based illness.
In a session with Sue, you can expect a safe, nonjudgmental, supportive space to share the immense challenges you are facing. You can feel safe knowing that there isn't much you can say that will surprise Sue, as she has been through it all with her own daughter. She will help you better understand the illness and the pivotal role you play in recovery. She can point out resources that you might need and she has extensive knowledge of the Eating Disorder program at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Sue can teach you valuable skills, like emotion coaching, to help you respond differently to your child's emotional dysregulation, panic attacks, meltdowns, and shut downs. By focusing on your inner strengths and the unconditional love you have as a parent, she will help you rebuild self-compassion, hope, and resilience.
In short, Sue gets it. And she is here for you every step of the way.
Our weight-inclusive dietitians offer a safe, compassionate and respectful space for clients to heal their relationship with food. Our dietitians see that every client has their own story, and the care offered will honour their unique experience. Through our work together, we help our clients tune in to their inner wisdom, challenge food rules, disconnect from diet culture and discover what health means to them. We support our clients in learning to nourish and trust their bodies in a way that is gentle, kind and aligned with the life they want to live.
Kalin is a weight-inclusive Registered Dietitian that specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating and chronic dieting. Her core values have been an essential guide for her, which has translated into a weight-inclusive and HAES-aligned approach. Kalin is deeply passionate about helping her clients replace judgement and punishment with compassion and curiosity. She feels so grateful to be able to do this work and form meaningful relationships with her clients. Outside of her work, you will find Kalin listening to a podcast, reading a book or exploring new hiking trails.
Allison is a weight inclusive Registered Dietitian. She specializes in eating disorder recovery and healing from disordered eating. At the center of her work is empathy, respect, honesty, and a practical, down-to-earth approach. Allison cares deeply for her clients and considers it a privilege to work with each and every one of them. Outside of work, her passion is family, animals, the outdoors, and gardening.
Erin is a weight-inclusive dietitian who specializes in healing our relationship with food and our bodies, disordered eating and eating disorders. Erin finds the best way to support her clients on their journey is to meet them where they are at. Both client and practitioner have valuable insights and healthy changes can only be made in collaboration. She strives to provide a compassionate environment, free of judgement. Outside of work you can find Erin curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee or camping with her family.
Piper is a weight inclusive Registered Dietitian. She specializes in eating disorder and disordered eating recovery and improving relationships with food and body. Piper’s favourite part of this work is building relationships with clients and truly understanding their story as everyone is unique. Providing compassionate, client-centred care is at the forefront of her work values. Outside of work, you will find her hiking, trying new ice cream flavours and enjoying game nights with family and friends.
Piper works with youth (16+), adults, and caregivers. She can offer meal support and has experience with chronic disease management and how to apply weight neutral practices in improving health outcomes.
Our counselling services are integrative and collaborative. Our counsellors draw upon a variety of approaches that are effective in eating disorder recovery and work collaboratively with each client to develop a personal recovery program that aligns with their values, perspectives, and strengths. We believe that our clients are the experts of their own experiences and possess immense wisdom and capability. We aim to guide, support, and empower our clients to reach their recovery goals.
Dr. Stillar specializes in working with eating disorders across the lifespan. She aims to help clients achieve life long recovery through addressing the underlying issues of their symptoms while also helping them gain insight into their struggles and develop alternative healthy coping strategies.
Dr. Stillar works from a client centred perspective, which means that she values that her client's are the experts of their own lives. She works collaboratively with clients to find a treatment approach that fits for them. She often uses Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), EMDR, Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy.
Dr. Stillar recognizes the benefits of taking a family approach to treatment, as parents and caregivers can be tremendous supports when a loved one is struggling with a mental health concern. She often works with caregivers using Emotion-Focused Family Therapy to help parents and caregivers learn key skills to support their loved one's recovery.
Dr. Emmerling's professional training and experience includes working with individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, and families struggling with eating disorders, body image concerns, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and more.
She also has a passion for working with caregivers who are supporting their loved one's recovery. Dr. Emmerling is also an Emotion Focused Skills Training clinician, trainer, and provides workshops for caregivers.
Among other techniques, Dr. Emmerling utilizes Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotion-Focused Skills Training (EFST), and Somatic Experiencing and Body-based Skills.
Tamara works with a variety of mental health concerns and specializes in working with individuals experiencing eating disorders and poor relationships with their body. She aims to understand her clients’ experience with food and their bodies so she can work together with them to find solutions that fit best for each unique client.
Her approach is very collaborative and goal-oriented, as she strives to focus on helping individuals develop the skills they need to change their life in a way that works for them. In her therapeutic approach she utilizes CBT, EFT, narrative, mindfulness and exposure techniques to help individuals gain a balance between learning how to control their thoughts and get reconnected with their body.
Her therapeutic style is very jovial, as she likes to use humor and creative approaches to help individuals break out of their shell and become the best version of themselves.
Jessica works with children, adolescents and adults struggling with body image, self-esteem, body dysmorphia, and eating disorders using a collaborative, person-centered approach. She understands that everyone has a unique and personal perspective of their life and experiences, which can play a key role in healing and recovery.
Jessica incorporates clients’ self-knowledge and their distinctive perspectives along with her training, experience, and knowledge, to collaboratively work with client’s to achieve their goals.
She has training in and experience with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Jessica understands and appreciates that everyone holds diverse worldviews and has personal preferences and beliefs about health and wellbeing. She strives to keep this at the forefront of her work to help provide each client with a therapeutic experience of feeling heard, understood, supported, and empowered to reach their therapeutic goals
Caroline has worked in the Addiction and Mental Health field for over 10 years with population groups that include youth, young adults and adults.
She works from a non-judgmental strengths-based perspective and is committed to helping client build resilience, develop strategy and be supported during times of major change. Caroline is equipped in therapeutic models such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and attachment theory paradigms.
Caroline has worked with clients with co-occurring problems that encompass body image, self-esteem and eating disorders and is passionate about working with her clients to find balance and establish a healthy relationship with food.
Caroline understands that clients may seek a spiritual integration into their therapeutic work and upon client request is able to use her Christian faith to guide clients through difficult challenges in life.
Caroline recognizes and respects the range of needs that client might present with and is able to establish a treatment plan with individuals who do not wish to incorporate aspects of faith but to work together using other psychological principles alone.
Having been through her own mental health journey, Valerie has the capacity to understand thoughts, feelings and behaviors that contribute to eating disorders and related issues that impact individuals’ life.
Valerie strives to help individuals to fulfill their potential and maximize their well-being by drawing upon different approaches such as Strength-Based and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She also uses different strategies to help clients feel safe and grounded during and after treatment and to improve clients’ general functioning. Valerie believes that mental health is a process that can be improved by healing our inner selves with the right support.
Valerie provides trauma-informed and evidence-based treatments in her practice. She has experience with individuals struggling with homelessness, addictions, high-risk behaviors and related mental health issues, mainly concurrent disorders and FASD diagnosis. Valerie has experience working with trauma, anxiety and depression, family and relationship issues.
As a Registered Dietitian for many years, Natalie understands the complexities that can affect one’s relationship with food and their body. Her years of experience has shaped her interest and alignment with a HAES and weight-inclusive approach in supporting her clients struggling with disordered eating, eating disorders, body image and concurrent issues.
Natalie works from a trauma-informed, holistic, attachment-based and anti-oppressive lens. She strives to create a warm, authentic, non-judgmental, collaborative and affirming space for her clients to heal.
Her integrative counselling approach draws upon modalities such as Person-Centred Therapy, ACT, CBT, DBT and Emotion-Focused Therapy.
Natalie believes that every client has valid lived experiences, stories worth telling and strengths worth honouring. Her hope is to walk alongside her client’s journey towards healing and getting to know and accept their true, authentic self.
Savannah enjoys working with all different age ranges from children to adults and families as they navigate their own mental health journey and recovery. Having worked within the field of eating disorders for two years in a medical setting, she has had the honour to walk alongside many of those who wrestled with their own self-worth, body image, and recovery process.
Savannah works from a client-centered perspective, believing that every individual is an expert in their own experience, and holds within them the capability to make big changes. She utilizes an integrated approach of cognitive behavioural therapies, ACT, DBT, emotion focused therapies, and somatic experiencing.
Collaborating with clients to create a safe space is important to Savannah. Utilizing trauma-informed measures is one way in which she believes this is possible. Recognizing the unique journey of each client is also part of this collaboration.
Savannah has a desire to see others find hope in recovery and passion in their day-to-day lives. Your life is worth living.
Jenna focuses on working with clients with eating disorders, those struggling with body image, self-esteem, as well as disordered behaviours around exercise.
Jenna comes from a background of working as a trainer with clients to realign their relationship to movement and their bodies. She uses a person-centered approach to understand the history and unique experiences of each client she works with.
She works collaboratively with clients and focuses on creating a safe trusting environment to explore these topics and the emotions that comes up alongside them.
She recognizes that each client has different and unique needs,
concerns and goals, and tailors her approach to meet each client where they are at.
She utilizes CBT, EFT and mindfulness to explore these issues as well as try to heal the mind/body connection.
Darien focuses on working with adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders, body-image concerns, self-esteem, and body dysmorphia.
Having experienced her own mental health challenges, Darien understands the difficulties eating disorders have on the lives of individuals and families. Darien believes that recovery is possible and she is passionate about helping clients find balance and restore their relationship with food and their bodies.
Darien utilizes a strength-based and person-centred approach and views clients as the experts of their own experiences. Darien aims to create a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to share their story and she feels honoured to be able to walk with clients on their journey towards healing.
Darien’s therapeutic approach is integrative, and she draws on modalities such as Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), mindfulness, and attachment-based approaches.
Tiffany Sparrow supports people to heal trauma, body-image and eating disorders using embodied mindfulness and music counselling therapy.
Tiffany faced both anorexia and bulimia before she was a teenager and credits holistic practices - music therapy, yoga meditation, body centered counselling - for helping her feel at home in her body and to love herself as she is today.
She's now a certified music therapist (MTA), registered counselling therapist (RCT), and yoga teacher (RYT 500), and offers one on one Healing Therapy sessions, group programs Yoga for Better Body Image, Soundbath Meditation and Singing for Stress Relief and the Love How You Look Masterclass Series.
Tiffany is a new mom to an energetic baby boy and a long time cat mom to Pema Kitty. She is honoured to serve others in this journey of remembering who we really are.