Sue is a trained family peer support worker and caregiver coach who has lived experience as a parent of a child in recovery from Anorexia. She is also the former Executive Director and a founding member of the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta and the author of a book on families overcoming eating disorders. Sue is trained in emotion focused family therapy and found this skill to be enormously helpful as a parent. Sue understands the rollercoaster of emotions parents face when their child has an eating disorder, because she has "been there, done that." Sue says she feels honoured to walk beside other parents on this journey.
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.
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.
Nikki focuses on working with clients experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, struggling with body-image, self-esteem, shame, or body dysmorphia. She also works with teens and adults working through depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions.
She works from an attachment and emotion focused lens. Throughout her counselling process, she emphasizes the importance of relationships, the growth of the self through intention, and identifying your life patterns and attachment. Nikki is a firm believer that rarely will a response make clients feel better, what makes them feel better is connection and the space to heal. She believes that the counselling experience is a collaborative approach in which both client and counsellor are in the journey together.
Nikki has 6 years’ experience working with youth, families, and young adults experiencing mental health and hardship in their lives, with the last 2 years’ at the Alberta Children’s Hospital supporting families and youth through various mental health conditions and a focus on eating disorders.
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
Rebecca’s therapeutic style is warm, caring, and respectful. She believes that her clients deserve to live rich and meaningful lives that align with their values.
She works to help her clients develop hope, self-acceptance, and positive change. She believes it is possible for clients to overcome eating disorders; to restore a healthy relationship with food, and reclaim peace with their bodies.
Rebecca draws on her life experience while meeting her clients where they are at and honoring the uniqueness of each individual.
Her influences include attachment focused and psychodynamic perspectives as well as modern Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapies including DBT and ACT.
Brittany approaches all therapeutic relationships in a person-centered, compassionate, and respectful way.
She works with adolescents and adult clients in supporting them towards whatever change they are seeking to allow them to live their best lives authentically.
Brittany helps clients find hope, laughter, and play while also working to compassionately address shame. She believes it is possible to develop new and helpful ways of relating to food
and eating, along with finding new ways to relate to ourselves and our bodies.
Brittany utilizes an integrated approach to helping by incorporating elements of nature-based, somatic or body-
based, experiential, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapies.
She has clinical experience in hospital, community, private practice, and non-profit settings working with people with various concerns across the lifespan.
She specializes in the assessment and treatment of emotion dysregulation, with a focus on eating disorders and borderline personality disorder, and sleep disturbance in adolescents and adults.
She has in-depth training in comprehensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), adaptations of DBT for eating disorders, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Enhanced CBT for eating disorders (CBT-E), CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I), as well as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT).
Ellen strives to provide a warm, collaborative, and non-judgmental space, where she and the client can use compassion, curiosity, and at times gentle humour to make sense of emotions, thoughts, bodily sensations, and behaviours. She has a zest for connecting with people and deeply understanding clients’ experiences in order to meet them where they are and support change toward their therapeutic goals.
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.
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 healing practice, our Yoga for ED Recovery group helps rebuild the conscious connection between mind and body that is so often severed in the throes of an eating disorder. Yoga for ED Recovery provides practical tools to help clients tune into hunger and fullness signals, cope with difficult emotions, and experience their body as a vehicle for joy and connection.
Melanie and Lara are trauma-informed and body positive yoga therapists.
Melanie is a Yoga Therapist and Trauma-Informed Body Positive ViniYoga Teacher Trainer. For over 30 years, Melanie has dedicated her life and work to transforming what it means to live with stress, trauma, PTSD, disrupted body image, and an eating disorder. Melanie guides her students to reclaim and reconnect to their authentic selves, inner strength, resilience, and empowers them with resources and support to embrace their life, health, and wellness.
Outside of her work, Melanie enjoys time in nature, camping and hiking, a good book, and family fun nights with her husband and two adult children.
Lara is a Yoga Teacher, Registered Nurse, Reiki Practitioner, and a mother of two young boys. A strong advocate for holistic healthcare, Lara is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. Her areas of expertise include yoga for stress relief, restorative yoga, and trauma-sensitive yoga.
A survivor of anorexia, depression, and anxiety, Lara is passionate about sharing embodiment practices for unearthing the body’s innate wisdom. In both her daily life and her role as a teacher and facilitator, Lara creates a community that celebrates acceptance, authenticity, and self-love. Within this nurturing space, Lara empowers others with tools to overcome pain and isolation, and to discover their own path to wellness.