May 2020 ORPG Grand Rounds: Using Intuitive Eating Principles in Psychotherapy with Josée Sovinsky RD and Christine McPhail MSc RD

May 2020 ORPG Grand Rounds: Using Intuitive Eating Principles in Psychotherapy with Josée Sovinsky RD and Christine McPhail MSc RD

Kimberly Sogge

Thursday July 23, 2020

On May 1, 2020 we hosted an informative Grand Rounds on using intuitive eating principles in psychotherapy. Intuitive Eating is a concept that was originally coined over 20 years ago by two American Dietitians Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND, and has since been well researched and adopted by public health, universities and colleges, government, and is often used as a component of eating disorder treatment.

Intuitive Eating is a dynamic mind-body integration of thought and emotion with a focus on rebuilding clients’ relationships with food, mind and body.  Research on Intuitive Eating has shown associations with increased wellbeing, improved biomarkers, increased self-esteem,  improved body image, and a decrease in disordered eating behaviours. In this talk, Christine McPhail MSc RD and Josée Sovinsky RD will review the 10 guiding principles in more detail, outline the role and scope of practice for Dietitians as well as Therapists, when applying Intuitive Eating principles into practice, and review the implementation of principles in a case study example.

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About the Presenters:
Josée Sovinsky is a Registered Dietitian ( with a passion for working with teens and adults of all genders with eating disorders, mental health issues and body image struggles. Her nutrition counselling is grounded in principles of feminism, social justice, size acceptance and person-centered support. She supports clients to find a way to nourish themselves compassionately, without focusing on weight as an outcome. She encourages them to start where they are and work on making small meaningful changes to create a more peaceful relationship with food. She has worked in a variety of settings, including clinical nutrition, community health and private practice. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Ottawa, she is currently completing a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Outside of her work as a dietitian, Josée loves to perform and is involved in community musical theatre. She loves reading historical fiction, re-watching episodes of Star Trek, baking French Canadian desserts, and discovering new flavours of tea.

Christine McPhail is a weight-inclusive, Health At Every Size (HAES) aligned, Eating Disorder Dietitian working in private practice ( in Ottawa, ON and she is also the  Prevention & Outreach Coordinator at Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre.  Christine uses the Intuitive Eating principles in her practice and believes that good nutrition actually begins with establishing a good relationship with food, your body and ultimately yourself and her goal is to help her clients remove food rules and guilt and rediscover the satisfaction and nourishment that food can bring to their lives.  Before starting her own practice, Christine worked as a Clinical Dietitian in hospital and clinic settings, as a Public Health Nutritionist, and as a university lecturer. When Christine isn’t actively fighting diet culture, she enjoys dancing (ballet in particular), practicing yoga/meditation, reading, re-watching favourite movies, hiking, and exploring the local food, event and art scene.


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