If you are struggling with bulimia, or other disordered eating, you have likely promised yourself time and time again that this will be the last time that you engage in these behaviours, assuring yourself that you know what to do and that you can stop anytime. You may have managed a few days, weeks or months symptom-free, but the behaviours have always returned. Although it may be difficult to imagine getting through life’s ups and downs without your disordered eating, I can help you to develop new ways of coping and to achieve lasting recovery.
I believe that bulimia and other disordered eating exist for good reasons (albeit perhaps not the most functional or healthiest), and that with education, treatment and learning new ways of coping, you can let go of your unhealthy behaviours. I work in collaboration with my clients in a respectful and inclusive manner, and help to facilitate change when, and if, they are ready to do so.
I have been told that my approach helps to inspire hope and motivation, as well as to reduce the stigma and shame of having, and seeking help for, an eating disorder or any other mental health issue.
I believe that it is important for clients to find a therapist who is a good fit for them and their particular needs. The therapeutic relationship is critical, such that the person seeking help feels safe, accepted and comfortable. Over the years, my clients have spoken of how much they appreciate being spoken to in a respectful, non-judgemental and straightforward manner.
Depending upon the particular needs of the client, my therapeutic approach typically draws upon the transtheoretical model of change, psychoeducation, interpersonal therapy, harm reduction theory, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy, among other therapeutic approaches, theories and techniques.
When pertinent, clients may choose to include their partner, parents or children in the occasional session.
Finally, I have worked with individuals who have come to Canada from every part of the globe. Having travelled extensively, and having at one time conducted research and been based in South Asia, I believe that I bring a particular sensitivity, awareness and curiosity that enable my international clients to feel comfortable in the therapeutic setting.
Are you ready to take the next step and to book a free 15 minute phone consultation? If so, contact me at 416-922-3311 or send me an email at CynthiaJohnston@bell.net