Functional gut disorders are multifaceted and therefore require diverse management strategies. Although identifying food triggers is an important part of…
What you can expect when working with our psychologist
Health isn’t just about what you’re eating – but also about what you’re thinking, feeling and saying. Psychological care is a cornerstone in many of the different nutrition interventions we provide – from IBS to IBD to food relationship – having a variety of tools in your ‘tool box’ can help you build resiliency and wellness.
At Ignite, we are renowned for our holistic, evidenced based approach to health and wellness. This is why we take a multi-disciplinary approach to health and wellness, with an expert psychologist on our team!
Digestive Health – the Gut Brain Connection
The gut and the brain are highly connected. Many times, psychological interventions can complement nutrition and medical therapies for a variety of digestive disorders. Our registered psychologist specializes in EMDR, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, somatic work, and trauma.
At Ignite, we often see how stress, subconscious gut-brain reactions, and previous experiences shape patients gut symptoms. Our psychologist works with our patients to develop skills in managing their stress response, and tuning into their bodies. Our patients learn to manage symptoms by enhancing attention and awareness skills, and to find balance in all aspects of life.
Alongside nutrition counselling, this approach guides people on a path of amazing transformation to a more empowering and confident you!
Food Relationship & Body Image
Our relationship with food and our bodies is complex. Our office provides a safe space to unpack your relationship with food and your body. Kirsten can help to untangle and make meaning of the role food and your body image plays in your health and wellness. As you work towards a positive relationship with food with your dietitian, Kirsten can help you improve your self-esteem and self-worth, body image, and feel more relaxed around food choices!
Health & Wellbeing
Counselling isn’t just for when you’re struggling. Developing positive strategies now can improve your resiliency through life’s ups and downs! Working with a registered psychologist can help you to improve your mental and physical health by building skills in habit changes, managing maladaptive thoughts, stress management tools, and positive coping strategies, and so much more!
Hi! I’m Kirsten White, A Registered Psychologist
My approach to therapy is client-centred and holistic. I use my knowledge of neurobiology and attachment to help my clients overcome phobias, learn valuable stress management skills, and overall empower clients to have a strong awareness of their own mind and body. I meet my clients where they are at and together strengthen awareness of old patterns that no longer serve us and create new ones. Ideally we work towards creating a healthy balance with our body, mind, and environment.
I have specialized training in:
- Sensorimotor psychotherapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Art therapy
- Mindfulness based therapies
- CBT and other behavioural therapies