We are pleased to announce that Brandi Nielsen (BSW, MSW, RSW) will be joining us this year as an intern with our eating disorders program!
Brandi has been a Registered Social Worker in Alberta and British Columbia since 1999. She completed a masters degree in clinical social work through the University of Calgary in 2013 where she began to develop and foster her skills as a strong and compassionate therapist.
Her diverse experience in a variety of settings includes hospitals, home care, mental health, youth services, Child and Family Services, Animal-Assisted Therapy, and the non-profit sector. She has worked with people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life from people struggling with homelessness, addiction, and trauma on the downtown Eastside Vancouver, to families coping with illness and the grief and loss of a loved one. Brandi currently holds a position with the Island Health Authority working with people who are in acute mental health crisis.
Brandi has a strong passion and interest in working with persons coping with eating disorders. She has been touched by this issue in both her personal and professional landscapes, and has decided to dedicate her next year towards employing and fostering her therapeutic skills in this area. She has completed the eating disorders training through Island Integrated Counselling, has experience in assisting to organize and facilitate eating disorders conferences, and has co-facilitated psycho-educational groups for youth and women with eating disorders.
Brandi’s practice is informed through a client-focussed and holistic lens, where she collaborates with clients to draw upon their strengths. She employs a variety of therapeutic approaches and modalities suited to client individual needs towards supporting them to create their preferred life story, and live their best lives.
Brandi is excited to begin her internship with Island integrated! She will be supervised by Jacqueline Gautier, Island Integrated’s seasoned eating disorders therapist. She looks forward to accepting appointments beginning the first week of February, 2016.