Alexandria Butterfield is a disordered eating specialist, and treats anorexia, bulimia, ARFID and other specified eating disorders. She also helps people with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, sexual trauma and post-secondary transitions. She is a compassionate, supportive, insightful and intelligent therapist who is very committed to helping clients recover and a create a much more fulfilling life.
I am a registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and specialization in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. I provide counselling on disordered eating, anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, self-compassion, emotional insight and post-secondary transitions. My approach is compassionate, client-centred, trauma informed and creative.
I am very committed to helping clients recover from disordered eating. While working in partial-hospitalization and outpatient programs for eating disorders, I have provided treatment for anorexia, bulimia, ARFID and other specified eating disorders in individual and group therapy settings.
Disordered eating can be caused by many things – genetic predispositions, trauma or learned behaviours around food. I help clients explore the societal, biological and emotional components of their disordered eating as well as focus on alternative behaviours and coping mechanisms. Support is an integral part of the recovery process, and such, I integrate sessions with families and partners to help support their loved one during the very challenging time of changing behaviours and one’s attitude towards their body and self.
I also work with clients who are struggling with anxiety and depression, as well as life transitions. I utilize cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness and drama therapy. Through my work as a counsellor, I have found creative art therapies extremely helpful in providing emotional insight and expression.
Some of the goals of therapy include:
- creating a self-care ‘toolkit’
- identifying harmful behaviours in a compassionate and proactive manner
- processing past experiences and connecting them to current thought patterns/behaviours
- deepening emotional insight
- exploring triggers and factors relating to mental health
- incorporating humour and creativity into the recovery process