Angela Birnie

MA, RCC, RD

Angela works as both a registered dietitian and a registered clinical counsellor.  She started her career as a dietitian in 2002, after graduating with a degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and completing a dietetic internship at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Most of Angela’s nutrition work has been with clients who want to improve their relationship with food.  While medical nutrition therapy may be helpful to manage some illness or health conditions, Angela works from a Health At Every Size philosophy and uses a non-diet approach.

Through her nutrition work, she became increasingly interested in the complexity of  how people make changes.  Wanting to help people with how to change as much as what to change, she started working as a counsellor in 2011, and graduated from UBC with a Masters of Counselling Psychology in 2013.  Angela has worked as a counsellor in a residential eating disorders treatment program since 2011. In her full-time private practice, Angela offers clients nutrition counselling, psychological counselling, or an integration of both.  Her psychological counselling work draws from emotion-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, compassion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and Brene Brown’s research on resilience in the face of shame.