5 Tips for Helping Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food

Kimberly Enns

As a therapist working with individuals who are struggling as well as a parent of young children, I think a lot about how to help kids develop a healthy relationship with food. By healthy, I mean balanced, flexible, and peaceful. Here are five tips that I have found to be helpful in this aim: Avoid categorizing foods as “good” or … Read More

5 Important Things to Know About Self-Injury

Kimberly Enns

self-injury, self-harm, suicide, youth, children, teens, support, parenting, mental health, emotion regulation, anxiety, depression

“What do I do now?” whispers the mom through her tears as the reality of what I have just disclosed begins to sink in. Her daughter is cutting, and has been secretly doing so for months. A combination of disbelief, panic, anger, and despair ripple across her face. As a counsellor, I find myself walking alongside the parents of youth … Read More

5 Ways to Form Stronger Attachment With Your Children

Kimberly Enns

attachment theory, parenting, bonding, secure attachment, children, youth, parents, mental health, family

Attachment, the pull of two people towards one another, is at the heart of relationships, whether or not we are aware of it.  When all is in order, we can simply follow our instincts.  But something has changed; societal structures for healthy child-parent attachments are no longer what they once were and we need to be more intentional about attachment … Read More

Eating Disorders – It’s Not Our Bodies That Need Changing

Kimberly Enns

eating disorder, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, mental health, wellness, well-being

I sit across from yet another young woman who, with tears in her eyes, describes to me the thoughts she battles daily: disdain for her body shape and weight, concern that others think she is fat or can see her “problem areas,” constant evaluation and self-judgment regarding every bite of food she eats, comparison with others, and never feeling good … Read More