Kathi has over 25 years of experience working in the field of health promotion and exercise leadership. She holds an undergraduate degree in kinesiology, a master’s degree exercise and sport psychology and a master’s degree in clinical psychology (all) from the University of Victoria (no judgement). Kathi has worked as a sessional lecturer for the University of Victoria and North Island College in addition to speaking at conferences and workshops across Canada and in the US. She recently left a 12 year position with the Department of National Defence where she worked as a health promotion educator for the Canadian Forces Base at 19 Wing Comox. There, she facilitated courses and workshops related to health promotion and designed the national curriculum for the current Respect in the CAF (sexual harassment prevention) course.
Kathi has written for magazines and co-authored papers relating to a wide range of health prevention topics and wrote the book, “Leading to Life Long Exercise”. She was a freelance writer and continues to publish articles relating to body acceptance and fat phobia. She started her blog “real life health” in 2006 and continued to publish posts until recently (when she lost the interest and energy to write about what to eat and how to exercise).
As a clinical counsellor, Kathi works within a wide range of issues including; depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, gender issues, career counselling, health related coaching and much more. She specializes in disordered eating (binge/emotional eating, bulimia, food anxiety, and orthorexia) and negative body image and integrates the “Health at Every Size” approach into her practice. She leads therapy and support groups for people challenged with disordered eating, exercise abuse, and body image issues.
She is owner and facilitator at @ WorkSolutions offering corporate / organizational training in gender harassment and health/wellness workshops. She offers “The EveryBody Project” to elementary and secondary educators and administration focusing on challenging our own weight and body bias as a way to promote healthy schools without promoting disordered eating, food anxiety, and body image issues (the collateral damage of good intentions).
Currently, she is working with Carrie Bisson, MSW in creating a free workshop series for the Comox Valley community and other initiatives that will influence how we see, move, and think about our bodies in relation to authentic health.
For more information on Kathi check out her linkedin site.
Carrie is a counsellor and registered social worker with over 12 years of experience working within various settings including, mental health, addictions, government and non-for profit. Practicing from a strength-based perspective, Carrie has extensive experience working with children, teenagers, adults and couples.
Carrie’s passion is working with people struggling with disordered eating and negative body image and supports them to develop appreciation for their body and learn how to embrace all that life has to offer, in the body they have. Carrie incorporates a ‘Health at Every Size’ philosophy in both her personal and professional life.
Carrie holds both a bachelor and master’s degree in social work from the University of Victoria and Waterloo respectively. She also holds a diploma in social services from Vancouver Island University.
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