Starting therapy can be such a daunting and difficult process. Reaching out for support is a brave first step and requires a tremendous amount of courage. I believe that honouring this courage is important and I strive to provide a warm and supportive environment to explore what can be at times, a challenging experience.
I draw from an integrative client-centred approach and use tools from DBT, Art therapy, 3rd wave cognitive-behaviour therapies, and dyadic developmental therapy. My style of therapy is playful, relaxed and compassionate. You are the expert in your experiences and my role is to help accompany you through this journey.
Monique is a Registered Psychotherapist and University of Ottawa graduate with a Baccalaureate in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. Over the past five years, she has worked in community mental health settings through the Montfort hospital and the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families. Through these opportunities, Monique has gained experience with presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma experiences,life transitions, LGBTQ+ issues, eating disorders, and divorce. Monique has also worked in private practice setting learning art therapy interventions as well as further specializing in eating disorders. Monique believes that trauma-informed care is paramount to guide her 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.