Helping You Feel ALIVE

I believe that seeking out credentialed professionals is an important part of ensuring you get credible, trustworthy, and professional health care services. Instead of providing you with a list of educational accomplishments and professional certifications, I take things a step further and let you know how these credentials will benefit you and why they set me apart from the rest.

About Alida

Registered Dietitian (RD)

Alida is a member of a regulated health profession similar to nurses, physicians and pharmacists. She is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and holds membership with Dietitians of Canada. Choosing to work with a dietitian means you can be assured the advice and information you receive is sound. To become a registered dietitian Alida completed one of only a few accredited food and nutrition undergraduate degrees available in Canada. She then completed 8 months of full time supervised practical training in dietetics. 

 

Masters Educated Nutrition Professional (MHSc)

Alida completed her Masters of Health Science in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson University. Through her masters coursework, she learned how to apply the principles of adult education which enables Alida to effectively communicate the most meaningful and practical information to you whether it be in private counselling sessions or through educational resources. Whatever format is most effective for you, Alida has the skills to pinpoint your needs and provide only the information that is truly valuable to you.

Practitioner of Motivational Interviewing (Level 1 & 2)

Alida has the counselling skills to help bring your inner wisdom to the surface. When it comes to knowing yourself, no one is a better expert than you! But it’s not enough to have the right knowledge. Using motivational interviewing Alida can expertly help you identify the barriers which prevent you from implementing your knowledge and come up with strategies for eliminating and managing these barriers so you can experience long-term success.

My Approach

I pride myself on providing only the most up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations. To do this, I am constantly working to improve my knowledge on the topics my clients value most. Here are a few additional trainings and certifications I am currently working on to help serve you better.

Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor

Certified Intuitiuve Eating Counsellors learn about the fundamental principles of Intuituve Eating including the scientific research behind the method as well as assessment tools and strategies to be used with clients. This certification includes supervised practice with the pioneers of the Intuitive Eating approach, dietitians Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy which explores the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Using CBT, negative patterns of thought about the self and the world can be challenged which can pave the way to effective behaviour change.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a type of psychotherapy which focuses on helping clients develop healthy coping strategies. DBT methods are based on mindfulness skills, distress tolerance, emotion regulation (identification and understanding of feelings), and effective management of interpersonal relationships.

My Philosophy

I value a holistic approach to health and well-being and believe that health is about more than just the absence of illness. I am passionate about transforming lives and optimizing health by teaching people how to adapt in the face of everyday challenges to create a thriving, meaningful, and happy life.

I believe that our struggles related to food and weight can only be overcome by challenging the norms we have come to accept as part of our society. I am committed to helping you realize and cope with these norms by finding freedom from food rules and diet culture.

I promise to make you feel heard and respected and to be your problem-solving ally. I value your knowledge and opinions and will approach new and different ideas with openness.