Julia Di NardoHi there, I’m Dr. Julia Di Nardo, the founder and Clinical Director of Heal the Hunger, and recent Co-Founder and Co-Director of a brand-new multidisciplinary clinic in the West Island called The Healing Tree Wellness Centre (http://www NULL.healingtreemontreal NULL.com).  I am a Psychologist specializing in helping adults struggling with weight management and emotional eating. My skills and experience allow me to get to the root of the problem quickly, and show you what’s been holding you back from being your happiest and healthiest.  I help you remove those roadblocks, leading you towards a better you.  Together, we’ll identify what’s contributed to your problematic relationship with food, explore ways of expressing, processing and coping with those issues, and help you recreate a deeper, more fulfilling relationship with yourself, your body and food.  Paramount to this work is a shared sense of trust, safety and optimism, which I work hard to establish with my clients.

I understand first-hand what you’re going through. My own experiences with emotional eating, and struggling to stay fit despite a hectic lifestyle, have taught me to slow down and be mindful of taking care of myself first.  By dealing with some of the stressful situations in my life, and finding new ways of coping and achieving fulfillment, I am now on the path towards lifelong peace with food.  Exercise, yoga, being creative and spending time with the people I love help keep me grounded.

I’ve always had a profound fascination with people and how they become who they are. I also care deeply about people, and my professional life is a natural extension of that passion.  I’ve learned that life is a series of lessons, and if we slow down and reflect, we can not only make important discoveries about ourselves but make significant changes in our lives.  I bring this same sense of curiosity, openness and orientation towards growth to my clinical practice.  A commitment to staying fully conscious and present in my personal and professional life help nurture these qualities in my work with clients.

I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University. I received my B.Sc. in Honours Psychology from McGill University.  I have experience in various hospital , school and private settings where I have worked with people suffering from a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety and dysfunctional relationship patterns. I have been in private practice since 2007, while completing my doctoral studies, and bring over a decade of clinical experience to my work with clients.

I believe strongly in continuing education and training to keep current with new advances in the field. My practice is enriched by the ongoing reading, research, and training that I continually pursue. My blog, Facebook (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/healthehunger) and Twitter (http://twitter NULL.com/#!/julia_dinardo) accounts are a forum for me to share what I learn with everyone else. Most recently, I have developed an interest in trauma and dissociation, particularly relational or attachment trauma, and am completing advanced coursework in the treatment of Complex PTSD using a variety of innovative, evidence-based approaches.

My clinical approach consists of a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, and humanistic techniques. I have a particular expertise in the use of “parts work,” which helps you identify the various parts of yourself that are carrying old wounds, false beliefs, and dysfunctional patterns.  Using techniques grounded in inner dialogue, emotional awareness, mindfulness, meditation and visualization, together we help these wounded parts of the self heal and bring a sense of wholeness, integrity, self-compassion and self-love to move you toward your health and wellness goals. I also focus on using techniques that teach you the skills you need to make lasting changes in your life.

I am a Licenced Psychologist with the Order of Psychologists of Quebec, which provides official receipts for insurance purposes.  Please check with your insurance provider to see if the services of a Psychologist are covered by your plan.  My other professional memberships include:

  • Eating Disorders Association of Canada: http://www.edac-atac.ca (http://www NULL.edac-atac NULL.ca)
  • National Eating Disorders Association: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org (http://www NULL.nationaleatingdisorders NULL.org/)
  • Binge Eating Disorder Association: http://www.bedaonline.com (http://www NULL.bedaonline NULL.com/)