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Leigh Berry MSW, RSW, RHN

Registered Social Worker

Independent Associate

FEE : $200/hr
Berry
  • Individual Therapy (Ages 18+)
  • Nutrition, Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Eating, Self-Esteem, Motherhood

"The more we give our inner voice a platform to be our guide, the more we generate feelings of inner worth and trust that we are enough." ~ Leigh

Pause. Feel. Tune in.  Welcome the triggers and feel into alignment with your true self. Your heart knows the way.  I strongly believe that when we can go inward and create space to know and turn towards our true self, that this provides the ultimate platform for healing to take place.  In my work with each client, I strive to provide a safe space that fosters this intuitive ability for growth and healing.  One that brings you closer to your authentic self.  At the same time, I hold high regard for the energetic presence that I bring to each session.  This involves an empathic, trauma-informed and non-judgemental approach that is accepting and genuine with each client.

Currently my biggest teachers are both under 5.  I am a Mom to two little souls, Brynn + Maive. I love chai lattes, avocado toast and cozy sweaters. I love honest and genuine conversations (even when they are uncomfortable), and I love discovering new foods and flavours.  When I am not working or spending time with my family, you will find me out in nature, on my bike, doing yoga, attending my weekly dance class or turning inward with a meditation, writing, or a good book.

This journey is particularly for those who feel at the whim of their emotions~ disconnected, lost, alone, anxious, overwhelmed, uncertain, sad or depressed, and stressed.  There are often experiences of self-doubt, self-criticism, and a strong desire to feel better, to feel good enough.  Patterns of using food (perhaps unknowingly) to cope and feel better may also exist.

I provide counselling to adults (age 18 and over) wanting to address difficulties related, but not limited to:

Life Transitions

Motherhood, parenting

Relationship to Self (self-esteem, self-worth)

Interpersonal Relationships (partners, children, family members, colleagues ect.)

Mood & Anxiety

Stress

Emotional Eating

Health & Nutrition

It is important to highlight that I do not work with any clients who are seeking treatment for a diagnosed eating disorder.  This is not to say that if a client has an eating disorder history, or experiences a preoccupation with food and body, or disordered eating symptoms that we cannot work together.  It means that I do not provide therapy specific to eating disorder treatment.  I am available to discuss any questions or concerns in this regard during a client consultation.

I am a client-centred therapist.  I see each client as the expert of their own experiences, and honour the strengths that each client carries within them.  I work with conscious intention to see and hear you where you are today as we move collaboratively through therapy and draw from various therapeutic approaches.

I uniquely offer holistic nutrition services alongside use of best-practice modalities, including acceptance and commitment (ACT), solution-focused (SFT), emotion-focused (EFT), cognitive-behavioural (CBT),  dialectical-behavioural (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and mindful emotional eating (MEE) therapies.  I believe that it is important to understand what is at the root of our problems, and I integrate nutrition to support and enhance biological, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.  Through this complimentary approach, I aim to guide clients home to themselves, to  feel a greater sense of inner connection and alignment, and to live from a place of ease, confidence, and trust.

If you have landed here you are taking steps to love yourself boldly and to find what feels good.  I look forward to meeting you soon!

I welcome you to connect with me to book a free consultation to find out if working together is the right fit for you, or to book your initial session!  I welcome you to learn more about me and the work that I do here: https://www.leighberryco.com.

Certifications

2016: RHN. Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

2010: RSW. Registered Social Worker (OCSWSSW)

Degrees

2010: MSW. Master of Social Work, University of Toronto

2007: B.Soc.Sc. Criminology, Psychology, University of Ottawa

Professional Development

2023: IFS Immersion: Integrating Internal Family Systems Across Clinical Applications

2023: Unblocking Blocked Emotions and Working with Shame and Anger in Therapy, Dr. Leslie Greenberg

2022: Eating Disorder Sensitive: Building Capacity for Care

2022: DBT- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills, Dr. Marsha Linehan

2021: CBT and Perfectionism, Dr. Sanjay Rao

2021: Mindful Emotional Eating: A mindfulness-based harm reduction approach to managing emotional eating, Dr. Pavel Somov

2021: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dr. Russ Harris

2018: Mental Health- Feeding the Brain, Nourishing the Mind, Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference (CHNC)

2018: Motivational Interviewing, Advanced

2017: Put Stress in its Place with Practical Nutritional Protocols, presented by Robert Rakowski

2017: Approaches in Strengths-Based Practice

2015: Motivational Interviewing, Intermediate

2014: Mental Health First Aid

2014: Becoming Trauma-Informed

2013: Mind-Body Approaches to Addiction Recovery, Dr. Gabor Mate

2013: Integrating Care for Diverse Populations, McMaster University

2010: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- Level 1

2010: Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Foundations

2010: Motivational Interviewing, Foundations

2010: Harm Reduction

2010: Concurrent Disorders

2007: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training

2007: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Relevant Work Experience

2018-2019: Counsellor/Holistic Nutritionist, Living Science

2016-2018: Counsellor, Psychological Services Associates (PSA)

2014-2017: Rehabilitation Worker in Transitional Rehabilitation Program & Counsellor in Community Development Program, Ottawa Salus Corporation

2011-2014: Addiction Program Counsellor (Volunteer), The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

2011-2014: Case Manager, Toronto Central CCAC

356 Woodroffe Ave., Entrance G/H, Suite 201, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3V6
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