Psychotherapy

In addition to group work, we also offer psychotherapy on an individual basis. Individual therapy helps you heal your hunger with a treatment program that is designed just for you. Together, we explore what brought you to us in the first place, discuss where you want to go, and determine how best to get there. Our approach is flexible, so that if your goals change, so does our work together. We provide you with a warm, supportive atmosphere, which allows us to do our best work together.

How Individual Therapy Works

Before the first appointment, we will send you a client welcome package.This will provide you with some basic information about our policies, and will help prepare you for our work together. There will be some forms to fill out, which will streamline the administrative process and save you time during the first session.

During the first appointment, your therapist will conduct an intake interview. She will ask you a series of questions so that she may find out more about you and your background. This interview may take one to three sessions, and is designed to help us understand you better and to help us decide how our work should proceed. She will also ask you what you hope to get out of your work together, and together you will establish some preliminary treatment goals.

The first phase of therapy is a getting-to-know-you process. We probably won’t spend much time talking about your weight or your eating habits, since the focus will be on exploring some of the issues that contribute to your emotional hunger. After about a month or so, the core issues will start to emerge and we can begin the next phase of therapy.

The second phase of therapy will focus on working through your core issues. This may involve healing past hurts, facing difficult thoughts and feelings about yourself or others, developing new skills, learning to cope with difficult situations in your life, or changing some unhelpful beliefs that you hold about yourself. Each session is devoted to what you feel is most important for you to talk about, and your therapist will guide the discussion with questions and statements to help clarify your thoughts and feelings.

The last phase of therapy will help you decide how to achieve fulfillment in your life. Perhaps you’ll have already made some great changes in your life, or maybe you’re not sure where to go next. Together, we’ll explore your unique talents, strengths and dreams to help you create a life filled with meaning, purpose and satisfaction. By this point, you’ll be ready to tackle your eating habits and attitudes toward food. With renewed strength and purpose, you’ll have the emotional skills and resources to focus on developing healthier habits. However, you may find that as a result of our work together, the weight won’t even be an issue anymore!

As a result of working with us, you can expect to:

  • Stop dieting once and for all
  • Break free from compulsive eating or an addiction to comfort foods
  • Lose weight or maintain your weight
  • Prevent or improve weight-related health problems
  • Feel good about yourself
  • Gain self-confidence
  • Become comfortable with your body and your appearance
  • Regain control of your emotions
  • Learn to cope with difficult situations in your life
  • Feel more energetic
  • Create a sense of purpose and direction in your life
  • Find joy and pleasure in something other than food
  • Improve your relationships
  • Discover who you are and what makes you happy

Sessions and Fees 

Sessions last 50 minutes and take place on a weekly basis. Telephone sessions are possible in case of an emergency, depending on your therapist’s availability and ability to provide this service; the fee will be prorated based on the amount of time the phone call lasts.

All fees are payable by cash or cheque (payable to Julia Di Nardo) at the beginning of every session. We offer receipts for insurance; please check if your plan covers the services of a Psychologist (Dr. Di Nardo is a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec, the OPQ) or other professional (depending on the professional affiliation of your individual therapist).

If you think that you might be interested in our services, please call (514) 963-4814 or click here to find out how to contact us (http://www NULL.healthehunger NULL.com/index NULL.php/site/contact/).