About Me

Brittaney Berendsen

Registered Dietitian

As someone who has lived through both little “t” and big “T” trauma, there was a time in my life that food and exercise rules were the only coping mechanism I could manage. I spent years of my life under a dark cloud of food fear, compulsive exercise, negative self-talk, and self-loathing. I've been there... entrenched in an eating disorder and past trauma. I know the hard work, strength, and resilience that it takes to overcome it. I see my past experiences as a strength, and something that have made me not only a better Dietitian, but a better person. I'm sharing this part of my story with you to help reduce the stigma around mental health and eating disorders.

As a Dietitian, my passion lies in helping individuals to liberate themselves from their eating disorders/ disordered eating patterns and reclaim their lives. I also really enjoy helping individuals to break free from diet culture and rediscover the joy of eating.

I practice with an attentive, holistic, non-diet, and food inclusive approach to nutrition therapy. My practice revolves around a Health at Every Size (HAES, R) philosophy with the understanding that bodies are not actionable. I utilize nutrition-focused aspects of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) and Solutions- Focused Therapy with a Trauma informed lens. I employ a candid, compassionate, motivational and, strengths-based approach.

We will work together to unpack, process, rewire, and reframe your beliefs, thoughts, and experiences about health, diet, body image, and self-worth. You will be guided to develop deeper self compassion, resilience, mindfulness, connection with your body, and a healthier relationship with food. You will learn the fundamentals of gentle nutrition while building skills for application including meal planning, intuitive eating and much more! Our work offers a courageous first step towards healing your relationship with food and your body.

It is an honour to help those on their journey of eating disorder recovery, I look forward to hearing how I can best support you as you pursue a brighter chapter.

Cheers, Britt

Education and Training

HBScFN: Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with an Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics: Brescia University College at Western University (London, ON)

Dietetic Internship: Grand River Hospital (Kitchener, ON)

Credentials

Registered Dietitian (RD)

College of Dietitian of Ontario #14793

NEDIC (National Eating Disorder Information Centre) Approved RD

Additional Learning

Nutrition Counselling for Eating Disorders Course:
Marci Evans RD Food and Body Image Healers

Body Image Training for Clinicians Course:
Marci Evans RD Food and Body Image Healers

Eating Disorder Education for Registered Dietitians (EDforRDs) 1- Year Training Course: Shawna Melbourne RD, CEDRD

Bridging the Gap Between Clinical Nutrition & Intuitive Eating/ Health at Every Size (HAES) Course: The Real Life RD

+ Extensive reading list, ongoing learning, personal & professional development

During our sessions you may see my office mate, Prissy. She is a Retired Racing Greyhound that loves to sleep and make new friends!

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