Conversations with clients around eating behaviours – and their impact on well-being – can be tricky.
Quite often, when a client brings one food-related issue to you for counsel, it becomes obvious that there are other, deep-rooted issues at play. Think: emotional eating. Stress eating. Binge eating.
For many of these clients, the way out seems to be finding the “right” diet. “Weight loss will cure everything,” they may be thinking. Or, “If I can only get my eating under control, everything will be fine.” What’s more, with the increase of misinformation about nutrition in the media, clients are becoming even more confused about what constitutes healthy eating.
So how do you handle these complex, often distressing conversations with confidence?
And – just as importantly – how do you help clients begin a new relationship with food that’s not stressful?
Introducing Your Guide: Fiona Sutherland
Fiona Sutherland, APD, is an expert in Mindfulness-based practice, Mindful Eating, Body Image, Eating Behaviour and Eating Disorders. She’ll be your guide in navigating the important, delicate conversations with clients around food, eating and behaviour.
Fiona will give you the tools and support you need to redirect clients from a “diet mentality” and lead them toward a place of greater peace with food, eating and their body.
You’ll walk away from Fiona’s presentation with these enhanced, timely and vital skills:
- Increased understanding about the vast variety of reasons people may eat;
- The ability to assess eating attitudes and behaviour;
- Confidence to broach tricky conversations with clients around eating behaviours and their impact on wellbeing;
- Effective methods for supporting clients in developing insights into their own behaviours; and
- An understanding of how best to help clients to heal, using a Non-Diet Approach.
Fiona Sutherland, APD, RYT is Director of The Mindful Dietitian & Body Positive Australia. She specialises in Mindfulness-based practice, Mindful Eating, Body Image, Eating Behaviour and Eating Disorders.
Fiona is also a guest lecturer at Deakin & Monash Universities in the Non-Diet Approach, and holds the role of Nutrition Director at The Australian Ballet School.
She was an invited speaker at this year’s DAA Conference, presenting alongside fellow APD Tara MacGregor at the “Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing” workshop.
Fiona serves on the Executive Committee of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and the Board of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). She is also a registered Yoga Teacher.