A Word from the Founder and General Director
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the BACA Clinic. On this day, I could not be more proud to open its doors to you. BACA is the culmination of more than fifteen years of passion and dedication to the cause of eating disorders. My vision of recovery was first shaped by my own personal experience with bulimia. It then solidified throughout my academic studies as well as through my contacts and training with mentors, luminaries who have since become internationally recognized experts in the field. To recover from an eating disorder, one must be surrounded by a team of competent and specialized professionals. These professionals must believe in us and support us throughout the entire process. For its part, the team must be strong, understanding and willing to integrate traditional as well as more creative approaches in order to find the most appropriate form of intervention for each individual. I have made this vision my main mission since the BACA clinic opened its doors in 2001. Every effort has been invested in creating an environment where our clients can feel safe and supported to undergo the process of recovery. The moment you walk through our doors, know that your condition becomes our own. Our team is committed to accompanying you, with you and for you on the road to recovery. May your journey be as smooth and kind as it possibly can be… Looking forward to meeting with you. Tania Lemoine
The BACA Clinic team is composed of professionals who believe in the full recovery of eating disorders.
Tania K. Lemoine, MSSW, LCSW
Founder and General Director
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Julie Landreville, MPs
Psychologist – Clinical Director
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My name is Julie Landreville. I am a psychologist and the clinical director of the BACA Clinic. I graduated from the Université de Montréal in 2001 and I have dedicated my practice to clinical psychology in the field of eating disorders (ED) from the outset of my career. My interest in the treatment of EDs appeared following a meeting with Tania Lemoine in 2001. Her expertise, warmth, integrated-clinic approach, team spirit, and dedication to the cause greatly inspired me. Thanks to the confidence she instilled in me, I had the privilege to participate in the realization of her beautiful project: the BACA Clinic. Over the years, I developed my clinical expertise under the supervision of experts and by participating in many specialized training courses.
For the past 15 years within the BACA team, on top of contributing to the development and management of a residential program and many specialized intensive programs, I developed and hosted several group workshops and trained several professionals and colleagues. I am a member of the following organizations: Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Anorexie et Boulimie Québec (ANEB), Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders (ANRED), Eating Disorders Association of Canada (EDAC), National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and National Eating Disorder Information Center (NEDIC). I have also received training in various related areas: anxiety disorders, phobias, trauma and abuse, drug addiction, personality disorders, etc. As Director and Clinical Supervisor, my responsibilities include ensuring the quality of services rendered and guaranteeing our clients that the guidelines in the treatment of eating disorders are taught and respected. I am known for my determination, my consistency and my attention to detail at work.
In my relationship with my clients, it is very important for me to listen to them and try to understand the person as a whole. Although several people can present similar symptoms in the broad spectrum of EDs, each person needs to set objectives and unique goals in the framework of their therapy. This concept of “customized therapy” is very important to me. It implies that we both commit ourselves, my client and me, to discover together what should be put in place to develop a personalized treatment plan.
With the contribution of various competencies and resources, I believe that it is possible to recover from an ED and improve overall health. It is a process that can be long, anxiety-provoking and very demanding, but which is certainly worth the effort. Thank you for putting your trust in me and I look forward to meeting you!
Coordinator – Group facilitator
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Hello, I am pleased to tell you a little bit about me. My name is Micheline and I have the privilege to be the coordinator of the BACA Clinic. I am passionate about my work and it shows, since it is the most beautiful compliment that our clients give me on a regular basis.
At the BACA Clinic, our mission is to welcome every individual with open arms and to respond to their multiple needs with competence, vigilance and professionalism. This reception and the smooth running of the administrative side of the clinic depend largely on me. The client experience is therefore my priority. It is for this reason that from the beginning of the process, I try to create a reassuring and helpful environment for clients, in order to ease their journey with us.
I have always been passionate about human relations and caring relationships. This profound interest and my positive personal experiences of the therapeutic journey led me to make a career of it. In recent years I explored different ways of getting involved in the community of people dealing with a clientele battling various problems. I perfected my knowledge of mental health by following several training sessions on different personality disorders, mood disorders and issues related to eating disorders. My expertise has been consolidated in large part thanks to BACA clients, whom I have been amongst since 2007.
Finally, I have the pleasure of hosting most of the group meals at the BACA clinic. My ability to enter into relationships with people, my humour, my great energy and my empathy create a pleasant climate conducive to profound exchanges.
Looking forward to meeting you, listening to you and welcoming you!
Lianne Dybenko, DtP
Nutritionist – Supervisor
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Hello, my name is Lianne Dybenko. I am a nutritionist and a member of the Ordre des diététistes du Québec, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for the past 14 years. Eating disorders have interested me enormously since my youth, which is what directed me to the BACA team which I joined at the beginning of my career, in 2001. I had the privilege to participate in the development of the multiple facets of BACA: the clinical aspect through the outpatient, intensive and residential programs; the educational aspect, through the training programs that I run, the supervision that I provide and the training of interns that we welcome; as well as the management of our nutritional guidelines and the proper functioning of our team.
Driven by my professionalism as well as a deep desire to learn and to specialize, I have participated in many training courses, symposiums and conferences on mental health and eating disorders across Canada and the United States. Passionate about psychology, I continue to educate myself by means of certificates in mental health and by multiple hours of supervision primarily targeting comorbidity complexes often related to eating disorders (personality disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse). As I believe in ongoing training, I am also a member of organizations such as ANEB and the Academy for Eating Disorders.
During my years at the BACA Clinic, I developed my expertise by working in residential and day programs, by hosting several groups and by overseeing many individual and family nutritional follow-ups. I have also run several professional training courses on the nutritional approach for people who suffer from eating disorders. Currently, my duties include the clinical supervision of nutrition, overseeing group meals, as well as outpatient nutritional follow-ups in all their forms.
I find the work I do with my clients to be very rewarding and stimulating. My experience coupled with my empathetic, warm, gentle and reassuring approach encourages confidence and facilitates the journey of my clients toward a better relationship with their body and with food. For me, it is a privilege to work with the BACA team and especially with my clients.
Lucie Brossard, DtP
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I am a dietician-nutritionist, member of the Ordre Professionnel des diététistes du Québec (OPDQ). I have over 10 years of experience. A graduate of McGill University in 2004, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, with a major in Dietetics. During my studies, I had the opportunity to do volunteer work within ANEB Québec, a non-profit organization that helps people suffering from eating disorders (ED). My last university internship, within the Eating Disorder Program at the Douglas Institute, a university mental health institute, allowed me to confirm my interest and my deep desire to help people affected by these diseases.
In 2007, I joined the BACA Clinic, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Working with this highly qualified multidisciplinary team, I developed a solid expertise and a deep knowledge of the challenges that must be overcome in order to recover.
Having personally witnessed the battle of a girlfriend athlete with an ED and the suffering caused by this disease, I have been sensitive to the problems of EDs for a long time. Affected by the suffering of my clients and moved by their testimony, I listen attentively and with empathy to their concerns, the obstacles they face and the challenges they must overcome. The privileged relationship that I develop with them allows me to give them my support and facilitate their approach. It also helps them to find the motivation they need to change and the right strategies to succeed. In return, the courage and resilience that they demonstrate and the life lessons that I have learned from these exchanges make me a better human being and a better nutritionist!
Since I always loved sports, I developed very early a strong interest in nutrition due to my sporting activities. A true cycling enthusiast since my teenage years, I competed at the elite level. I won a number of races and climbed on many a podium in Quebec. I was Quebec Road Champion in 1983. I was also part of the back-up team for races in the United States and I participated in the Tour of Texas with the Canadian team as an invited member in 1984. In 1997, I won third place in the Quebec Road Championship. Today, I still regularly participate in sporting challenges. My passion for my work leads me to explore all opportunities for increasing my knowledge in nutrition and other topics related to eating disorders. I am a member of the following organizations: QPDC, ANCQ, DC (including SNN and DOC networks), DC-PEN, AED, Équilibre, FMCQ, and Diabète Québec. I am an accredited professional member of Équilibre. Since 2008, I have hosted a program called Choisir de maigrir? and, every year, I complete different training courses in psychology, EDs and nutrition.
Véronique Petit, PhD Psychology
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I have a PhD in professional psychology. My initial specialization was in organizational psychology; a field for which I have developed an expertise in diversity management. Thanks to this specialization I am able to take into account the influence of culture on our modes of interaction, our styles of communication, our representations of the world and our concept of disease. It is therefore a priority for me to respect cultural differences and to take them into account in my interventions.
In addition to being passionate about my consulting work with companies and my work in clinical psychology, I have added to my professional knowledge an expertise in the treatment of eating disorders, a problem that has interested me for many years. These two fields of practice fulfill the psychologist in me.
When treating eating disorders, one of my priorities is to adapt my approach and the tools to be used to the person with whom I am working. I believe that despite the similarities encountered in eating disorder symptoms, each person is unique and deserves to be recognized and understood in the context of their own personal history. I see the therapeutic process as a team effort. We are able to find effective solutions through the exchange of our respective knowledge. I believe in speaking frankly, while making a point to respect the pace of each individual.
I am passionate about my work and keeping my knowledge up to date is a priority for me (reading, training, etc.).
Julie Dufour, PhD Psychology
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I am a psychologist and a member of the OPQ since 2014.
I completed my doctoral studies at the Université de Sherbrooke. During these years, I became specifically interested in developmental psychology. Each individual has a unique mode of psychological functioning which is influenced by their history and the challenges encountered in the various stages of their life.
My doctoral thesis was on the personal and interpersonal aspects associated with concerns about one’s body or food. I studied the qualities of commitment, the strategies of emotional regulation, as well as the more salient events in the life of people with body and eating concerns. These years of study enabled me to acquire a thorough understanding of the etiological factors involved in the development of eating disorders as well as the factors that perpetuate these problems. I am particularly concerned with problems related to body and diet and I was thrilled to join the BACA team in 2013.
During my internship of practical training, between 2008 and 2012, I gained experience with an adult clientele grappling with various issues. Since 2010, I have specialized in the psychotherapy of personality disorders. I was trained at the Victoria Institute, an establishment reputed for its approach towards personality problems.
People also say I have a softer, discreet and contemplative side to me, but also that I am creative and love getting involved in what excites me, including human individuality and the practice of psychotherapy. In the context of my practice, I attach great importance to the people I treat. I consider it essential for the therapeutic process to allow people to express themselves freely and live fully with all their strengths and their difficulties. My therapeutic approach focusses on getting to know oneself better, on a better understanding of the relationship with oneself and the world, and on making sense with one’s difficulties. This is, in my opinion, the basis for any lasting change.
Looking forward to meeting you!
John Sader, MD, FASAM
Marie Grassia, M.S. Psychology
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I obtained my Master of Science in Psychology from Binghamton University, State University of New York and completed all doctoral coursework. Throughout graduate school, I received a solid background in research, in assessments using semi-structured diagnostic interviews, and in the delivery of cognitive-behavioral treatments, particularly cognitive therapy for depression. During my time there, I treated adult patients with moderate to severe unipolar depression in the Binghamton Mood Disorders Institute using cognitive therapy, I worked with a heterogeneous client population for four years in the Binghamton University Psychological Clinic, and I had practicum experiences on the inpatient units at the Greater Binghamton Health Center where I was able to assess and treat severely mentally ill children and adults in both individual and group settings.
I returned to Montreal to complete my clinical internship at the Douglas Hospital Eating Disorders Program where I received extensive training in the treatment of eating disorders. I was also fortunate enough to begin my career there as I gained many valuable experiences over the next 4 years working in the Intensive Adolescent Program and the Eating Disorders Program (adult).
Given my research background, I believe in using evidence-based treatments focused on making concrete changes in thoughts and behaviours. By exploring their individual goals and motivations, and meeting my clients at their level of change, I use a collaborative approach to developing their treatment plan in order to be able to best guide them through the recovery process.
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PhD Candidate Psychology
Gilda Delaunay, DtP
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Hello, my name is Gilda Corpadean Delaunay. I am a dietitian-nutritionist, member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec, with over 15 years of professional experience. My professional journey led me to develop solid competencies in several areas of practice, such as hospital inpatient nutrition services, individual and group nutrition counselling and workshops in outpatient settings, for chronic disease management and prevention, healthy lifestyle education, and general nutrition services. In recent years, I shifted my focus toward nutritional therapy for weight and body image issues and eating disorders.
My strong interest in the treatment of eating disorders was certainly fuelled by my passion for exploring the many facets of our relationship with food, seeing it as an important part of ourselves and a key constituent in attaining overall good health and wellbeing. It was enhanced by my interest in understanding the psychological, cultural and social aspects of food-related behaviours. I developed an integrative approach to nutrition counselling, as I encourage my clients to explore their concerns related to food, in body, in mind, and their interactions with the world.
It is essential for me to develop a helping relationship with my clients based on empathy, authenticity, and trust. Understanding and addressing my clients’ possible distress and most pressing concerns allows me to gently yet decisively guide them to implement positive changes, to move toward recovery with higher motivation and confidence. I put emphasis on identifying together strategies to overcome even the hardest challenges, finding solutions that are tailored to specific individual needs.
I find my profession rewarding through its ongoing learning process, the many opportunities for training and for consolidating my expertise. I participate regularly in training programs, courses and conferences, which I consider a vital and stimulating part of my work. I am a professional member of the organization Équilibre, accredited to offer their weight management program, and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor.
At the BACA clinic, it is a pleasure and a true privilege for me to work with the wonderfully competent and dedicated professionals in our team. Certainly, the most rewarding part is my privileged work with clients, a rich human experience that nourishes my passion and commitment to my work every day.
I look forward to meeting you!
Elsa Perez, MA, MSc(A), TCF
Family and Couples Therapist, Psychotherapist
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I’m thrilled to be joining the BACA team as a Family Therapist, Psychotherapist and Creative Arts Therapist. I hold a MA Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy) from Concordia University, Montreal and a MSc(A) in Couple and Family Therapy from McGill University. I am licenced as a psychotherapist by the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec and as a Couple and Family Therapist from the Ordre des des travailleurs sociaux et familiaux du Québec.
Psychotherapy is a collaborative process that aims to increase psychological well-being and reduce distress. This process is grounded in a relationship: the one between you -the individual, couple, or family – and me – the psychotherapist. I strive to make the therapeutic space as safe, warm, non-judgmental, and compassionate as possible. Genuinely connecting with my clients, I work to really understand what is going on inside you. Taking a non-pathlogizing stance, I look beyond the symptom at see individual problems such as eating disorders as being deeply connected to relationships: not just the one we have with food but also the ones we have with ourselves and our loved ones.
My approach is attachment-based, emotion-focused, trauma-informed and developmental. I ask myself: what does this person bring with them into the room, into the therapy, and into their relationships? What stressors and ruptures from the past might be resonating in the here and now? What are their innate strengths? Thanks to my background in both talk therapy and Creative arts therapies, I have many tools at my disposal to tackle your issues: verbal and non-verbal. Together, let’s work on relieving your distress, increasing your wellbeing, finding balance and making your relationships more satisfying and supportive. I look forward to meeting you.
A. J. Rubineau, MD MPH
Mylène Lefebvre, PhD Psychology
Monique Bessette, PhD, Psychologist, Director of the Victoria Institute
Lee Farkas, PhD, Psychologist
Dr. Cauchois, Psychiatrist
Michelle Ryan, Massage Therapist
The BACA Clinic is also very proud to work in close collaboration with organizations as well as with many external stakeholders specializing in the field of eating disorders and mental health.
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