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
Alex is a Registered Dietitian at the private practices of Rebecca Bitzer and Associates and Empowered Eating. Alex’s goal is to assist her clients in discovering a life-long healthy relationship with food and their bodies. She is a firm believer in intuitive and mindful eating as well as health at any size. She works closely with her clients, whether they are struggling with eating disorders/disordered eating, diabetes, or other nutritional issues, to feel confident in food choices and answer their nutrition questions and concerns. Alex also runs a meal support group called Empowered Dining for clients who are recovering from an eating disorder. Alex is very excited to be a part of the Ask the Experts column and hopes she is able to answer your nutrition-related questions! Outside of counselling clients, Alex enjoys cooking (especially Italian foods), journaling, hiking and exploring Washington, DC. If you want to learn more about Alex and her counselling experience, please visit www.empoweredeatingblog.com.
Colleen Fuller, M.A, RCC
Colleen Fuller is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. She is also a happy wife and the proud mom of two terrific young adults. She loves to spend time talking with friends (especially over a good meal), working in her garden, and reading. She has a private practice in Vancouver, Canada, called Creative Solutions Counselling. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Solutions-Focused, CBT, and Narrative. If you would like to know more about her or consult with her (in person or via Skype), you can visit www.creativesolutionscounselling.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.
Robyn Baker, CPT, RYT, BS
Robyn Baker is the founder, owner, and operator of Asteya Fitness in Irvine, California. She believes in health at every size and that the key to health and well-being is establishing and nurturing the mind-body connection through intuitive eating and exercise. She is a born and raised California girl and the mommy to a crazy spirited boy, Elijah. To find out more about Asteya Fitness, please visit www.asteyafitness.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