Our Ask an Expert Column is a way for the Libero community (you!) to reach out to professionals in the mental health and medical field and ask them questions related to recovery and overall wellness. All questions are submitted via the form below and will be answered anonymously on our site. Questions will be forwarded to an Expert we feel is best equipped to answer.
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Meet the Experts
Alex Raymond, RD, LD
Alexandra Raymond, RD, LD, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the private practice Empowered Eating. She is truly is passionate about empowering her clients to rebuild a positive relationship with food. She specializes in anorexia, orthorexia, and disordered eating in athletes and enjoys working with families. Alex is truly passionate about finding fun and creative ways to support her clients along their recovery journeys. She enjoys speaking at events for education and awareness of topics like the Healthy At Every Size© principles and body positivity. She also works with RD2Be’s and other Registered Dietitians to share her knowledge about these topics. If you want to learn more about Alex and her work, please visit empoweredeatingblog.com
Josée Sovinsky, RD
Josée Sovinsky is a Registered Dietitian in Toronto, Canada 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 sing, read historical fiction, debate current issues and bake her favourite French-Canadian desserts. To find out more about Josée, visit www.joseesovinskynutrition.com.
Vanessa Segovia, MA, LMFT
Vanessa Segovia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Forensic Psychotherapist. Vanessa maintains an independent Private Practice in Santa Cruz, California which focuses on individuals facing trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, disordered eating, and relationship issues. She also works as the Program Director for a residential facility treating woman in early recovery and their children. Vanessa has an extensive background providing treatment and crisis intervention within the criminal justice system and is a strong advocate for victim’s rights and prison reform. Vanessa’s work is strongly guided by the principal that in addition to trauma, social and cultural stigma and expectations create most of our individual suffering. She is firmly rooted in several key therapeutic models including Trauma Informed Care, Health at Every Size, EMDR, and Client Centered Psychotherapy. When Vanessa is not working, she enjoys cooking, baking, painting, photography, traveling, music and is always up for an adventure. Vanessa is very excited to sit on the Expert Panel and hopes she is able to answer your mental health questions! If you want to learn more about Vanessa and her experience, please visit www.vanessasegovia.com.
Victoria Wilkinson, BScN, RN