A Brief Bio

Hello.  If your wondering...here's a brief overview of who I am, what I do, and how I work...

I have worked in the health profession for over 25 years and hold an undergrad in Kinesiology, a masters degree in exercise and sport psychology and another in clinical psychology .  I have worked in leadership roles for non-profit, private, and government agencies and presently serve as the Manger for Health Promotion with the Canadian Forces Base at 19 Wing Comox, BC.  I am the co-author of "Leading to Life Long Exercise" and "Exercising fat control, resistance and self-compassion: Two ethnographic non-fictions from the field" (McGannon, K.R. and Cameron, K. In R.J.Schinke & R. Lidor (Eds.), Stories of Sport for Peace and Social Justice. Hauppage, HY: Nova Science Publishers).  In addition, I am a contributing writer for local periodicals and a freelance writer for Concourse Media. 

I continue to develop and facilitate health promotion education courses for business and community college populations and have served as a sessional lecturer for the University of Victoria and North Island College.  Most recently, I have developed a course for the 19 Wing community focusing on the socio-cultural factors related to sexual harassment and misconduct and develop curriculum on demand based upon the needs of the population I am serving.

As a clinical counsellor, I combine physical activity and healthy nutritional coaching with therapy as I concentrate on working with people within a wide range of eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, emotional eating, food addiction, and sub clinical disorders such as orthorexia - an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating).  I offer eating disorder awareness and prevention courses for parents, teachers, and helping professionals and am slowly working towards building a private practice.  In addition to my niche, I am also wanting to work with a wide range of issues (from trauma and depression to transition, grief, and general behaviour changes).

Most importantly, I believe that health is the combination of factors related to all aspects of life.  I believe we all have an important story to tell that plays a large role in who we are and what we do (or chose not to do). Health promotion should not be about judgement or "right" versus "wrong" but an acceptance in individual differences.  From eating disorders to substance abuse, we do things to cope and these coping mechanisms serve us. I believe people need time to talk about the reasons why before they can begin to consider the reasons why not.

If you have any questions for me or would like to chat about my services, I would love to hear from you.  My email is reallifehealth@yahoo.ca.