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Bernadette van der Boom-Bebb

The primary focus of my practice is bariatric and obesity counselling. I work with people who are either contemplating bariatric surgery, have been approved for bariatric surgery, or have had bariatric surgery. My role for these individuals is to assist in the life transitions that occur when undergoing bariatric surgery. Together with these individuals, we will look at how bariatric surgery is going to affect their lives in terms of their relationship with food, their relationships with other with whom food was the focus of their interactions, their coping mechanisms (setting in place skills to replace turning to food to cope), explore possible food addictions, create plans to keep motivated, review impetus for possible overeating, as well as many other aspects of the psychological care associated with bariatric surgery.

Other areas of focus in my practice include individuals who wish to embark on a weight loss journey. We will look at many of the same topics involved with those individuals who are taking part in bariatric surgery, as well as other aspects relevant to their specific cases.

My approach to obesity is that I look at obesity as a chronic disease. A disease that has multiple causes from medical (disease or medications), genetic, psychological, and social. People with obesity face a great deal of discrimination and insensitivity. My approach is empathetic, sensitive, and tailored to each individual who enters my office.

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Victoria Counselling and Therapy


  • 1641 Hillside Ave, Suite 330
    Victoria BC
    V8T 5G1
Areas of Practice
  • Abuse - Physical Emotional Sexual
  • Abuse - Physical Emotional Sexual
  • Addictions
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  • Adult Counselling
  • Adults
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • EAP | EFAP
  • EAP | EFAP
  • Eating Disorders
  • Eating Issues
  • Family Caregiver Counselling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Individual Counselling (General)
  • Individual Counselling (General)
  • Life Transitions
  • Mood Disorders
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Parenting - Blended Families
  • Person-Centred
  • Personal Growth
  • Relationships
  • Relationships - Infidelity
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Substance Use Counselling
  • Teen | Adolescent Counselling (14 - 19 yrs)
  • Teen | Adolescent Counselling (14 - 19 yrs)
  • Weight Loss
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  • English
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
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  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive-behavioural Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Online Counselling
  • Person-Centred
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solution Focused Brief
  • Strength Based
  • Telephone Counselling
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Wheel Chair Access

Provides Clinical Supervision

BIPOC Counsellor

Indigenous Counsellor