I am a registered social worker, and body-positive psychotherapist, specializing in eating disorders, disordered eating, compulsive exercise, and body image concerns. My expertise also stretches to working with experiences of dissociation and personality disorders.
After my own personal journey and relationship with food, body image, and exercise, I feel so privileged to be working in a space with individuals who are facing many struggles similar to these. I believe that in a culture focused on body image and beauty, it is completely natural that we internalize shame, guilt, and dysmorphia around our bodies. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Eating, exercise, and body image issues are more common than ever. Food restricting & bingeing, and compulsive exercising, may have acted as coping strategies to handle deeper-rooted issues– they have acted as a means of control and comfort, when maybe you felt like you had none. In many cases, we try to change our bodies to carry the weight of trauma, social pressures, or a lost sense of control. The purpose of my practice is to foster sustainable emotional growth– this means a relationship with your body that encourages self-worth, value, and connection.
I embrace anti-oppressive, size-inclusive, client-centred, and trauma-informed frameworks, from a psychodynamic and integrative approach. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from Ryerson University, as well as a Bachelor in Social Work degree from Carleton University, and have been working in the field of mental health throughout. I am professionally trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), as well as training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and structural dissociation parts work.
Please feel free to check out my website, www.kirstyngreenside.com, or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to offer free 15-minute phone consultations to make sure we are a right fit.