It isn’t surprising that navigating food and how to nourish oneself has become confusing for many individuals with all of the information (and mis/disinformation) out there these days. In addition, there are so many messages telling us that we cannot trust our body. Though these messages can become really engrained, with support, time, and lots of compassion I believe it is possible to foster a more peaceful way of interacting with food and our body.
I strive to prioritize safety through a trauma-informed approach to care. I aim to create a caring, non-judgmental environment where clients are encouraged to show up as their authentic selves to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences and feel seen and supported. I believe in the importance of meeting an individual where they are at, and offer a collaborative approach where clients are encouraged to be an active participant in their care. I celebrate the fact that each individual and their body is unique, and work with clients to create a care plan that aligns with their needs and values.
I work with clients to rebuild trust with their body and heal their relationship with food through a non-diet, weight-inclusive approach. I help clients to challenge thoughts, beliefs, and rules around food, eating, and their body that aren’t serving them so that they can focus more on the things that bring them joy.
I completed both a bachelor’s degree in Applied Human Nutrition and a combined master’s degree and dietetic internship program at The University of Guelph. I have over 12 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian, and am registered in good-standing with the College of Dietitians of Ontario. I worked in a community setting for many years, where I supported a diverse range of individuals at various stages of life. It was during this time that I developed an interest in eating disorder care and started down the path that led me to The Balanced Practice.
The Balanced Practice has evolved to a team of registered dietitians and therapists on a mission to support folks in finding their perfect balance between food, body and mind. We believe that we cannot talk about food without addressing our mindset, beliefs and emotions. We work with our clients to help them walk away from diets, recover from their eating disorder and learn to reconnect to themselves so they can live their fullest life.
Our approach is weight inclusive, sexuality & gender affirming, trauma-informed and anti diet culture. We firmly believe that health is not reserved for any body type and that your recovery is possible.
Because life is too short to struggle with your relationship with food & your body.
The Balanced Practice was founded by Marie-Pier, who after struggling with an eating disorder, noticed a gap in our healthcare system. Through her recovery, she noticed that treatment was often not inclusive, non collaborative or client centered and often offered only short term support.