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 expert psychologists on our team!
Our team specializes in:
- Chronic pain. Living with gastrointestinal disorders often is accompanied by having to cope with chronic pain.
- Fear of food. Our psychologists work alongside our dietitians to overcome and manage food fears and triggers
- Sleep support & managing insomnia.
- Medical trauma. Those that live with chronic conditions, especially those who have required a lot of medical tests and procedures can struggle with the impacts of medical trauma.
- Peri menopause and menopause
- Self esteem and its ties to body image and weight loss desires.
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 psychologists specialize Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
At Ignite, we often see how stress, subconscious gut-brain reactions, and previous experiences shape patients gut symptoms. Our psychologists work 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. Our psychologists 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, your psychologist 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!
At Ignite, we now have 2 psychologists on our team. Contact us for more details about our latest addition, Chloe!
Hi! I’m McKenzie Snyder, a Registered Psychologist
My approach to therapy incorporates a biopsychosocial approach focusing on the interconnection between the mind and body. I work with my clients in supporting them develop skills to manage stress, IBS, emotion dysregulation, and difficulty with life transitions. Working as a team, I work with my clients to develop a treatment approach that is geared toward their needs and to become more aware of the patterns that may be contributing to current difficulties. Together, we work on creating a holistic approach to maintaining a healthy mind-body connection.
I have specialized training in:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Mindfulness & somatic-based practices
Solution Focused Therapy