In my late teens and for years thereafter, I struggled severely with anorexia and an over-exercise addiction. I was in desperate need of medical and therapeutic attention. Due to the lack of immediate and ongoing services available in Toronto for those affected by eating disorders, I could not get the help I needed. I was put on 6-12 month wait lists for treatment and saw countless medical professionals who had very limited eating disorder knowledge and most, I felt, lacked concern for my life-threatening situation. I was told to take medication or I was simply told to “eat”.

Because of my lack of options, I had to learn how to recover on my own – something no one should have to go through. When I was well enough, I enrolled back into University where I was determined to study to become the therapist that I would have always wanted to have had myself.

Over the many years I have been practicing, I’ve dreamt about a way to bridge the gaps in our Toronto system for those affected by eating disorders. The Kyla Fox Centre is the opportunity for people to have clinical therapy and holistic healing right when they need it. It is the opportunity for people to receive treatment from those who deeply understand eating disorders and from those who have immense compassion for those who suffer. It is the opportunity for people to choose the way(s) in which they want to heal so that it meets their personal needs. It is the opportunity to recover. The Kyla Fox Centre is everything that I believe recovery should be about and I hope you will feel the same.

Kyla is a Master’s level clinician with degrees from both the University of Toronto in the Master’s of Social Work program as well as an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies. Kyla is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and the National Eating Disorders Association.

Before opening the Kyla Fox Centre in February of 2012, Kyla spent almost a decade in private practice along with running groups in the field. She is a public speaker, writer, educator, advocate and media expert for eating disorders. Because of the years of silence in her suffering, Kyla has made it her mission to get loud about changing the way we understand eating disorders in our culture.




How did you get here?

I struggled with perfectionism and pressure to perform at an elite level – which showed up in my athletic career as overtraining and restricting.  When my athletic career ended, I grasped at things outside myself to define me or deem my self-worth. I held onto my restrictive eating patterns to maintain structure and familiarity while I attempted to transition into a more balanced life. As my relationship with myself strengthened and became more balanced my relationship with food became healthier and more stable as well.  

For the past few years, I have worked in a treatment centre for adolescents struggling with addiction. I recognized the added challenge that comes when manifested in food behaviours since it is something that can’t be totally eliminated. As I worked more closely with individuals who struggled in relationship with food, I learned that food was often the solution to something going on internally. In supporting clients in connecting to themselves and exploring all their wonderful qualities they began looking within for answers. 


Why do you love working at the Centre?

I love the holistic and integrative approach at the centre. While the treatment at the center honours the relationship with food and body it extends to digging into the root of the issues. I find this approach to be the most impactful and sustaining when working with eating disorders. Additionally, since the centre is an immersed outpatient program, a client can practice a new way of living in the environment that they will continue to live post-treatment. Lastly, I love the collaborative approach that allows us to put our heads together to find the most helpful treatment for each client while learning and growing as clinicians too.


How did you get here?

When I began my career as a social worker I gained a lot of experience working with those impacted by experiences of trauma, addictions and other complex mental health issues in both residential settings and in the community. Often, I would see eating disorders come up in many of the individuals I worked closely with. The lack of adequate support for eating disorders often meant that people continued to suffer in silence and never fully received the support they needed. 


My own lived experiences in this area helped me recognize how one’s relationship with food and their body impacted many areas of their life beyond their physical appearance. After completing my master’s degree in social work, I knew that I wanted to support those struggling with eating disorders in a way that was truly client-centered and helped them discover how their eating disorder showed up in their lives beyond food. 


Why do you love working at the Centre?

I love working at the centre because it allows me to support clients in a way that is truly individualized based on the unique needs of the person. The centre also helps clients repair all aspects of the eating disorder, not just the physical component. I love working in collaboration with other members of the team who bring so much knowledge to the treatment of eating disorders and who are passionate about the work they do every single day. Most of all, I’m honored to work with the brave individuals that allow me to support them in their journey toward recovery.




How did you get here?

I've studied addiction and eating disorders for 20 years through lived experience and professional training. For the last 5 years, I've been a Recovery Coach helping individuals explore and understand the relationship between food, body, and the use of substances. I work from a trauma-informed, harm reduction, and health at every size lens. After the life-altering experience of being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2019, I started school to become a Registered Psychotherapist. With Kyla's supervision and guidance, I'll be a psychotherapist in-training while also incorporating my many years of business experience to help her grow and expand the Centre's offerings so we can support more people in recovery.


Why do you love working at the Centre?

Kyla's approach resonates with me because she understands eating disorders, in all of their various forms, are about more than food and body. I love how our team works together to support every client and to help them find their healing in their own unique ways. 



How did you get here?

During my undergraduate Nutrition degree at Ryerson University, my view of nutrition shifted from a weight-central to a weight-neutral approach after being educated on Health At Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating within my own recovery. These paradigm-shifting concepts changed my entire view of food, nutrition, weight, and health. Throughout my Master’s in Health Science, I dedicated my research and clinical training to the treatment of eating disorders from a nutritional and holistic lens. My goal as a practitioner is to help clients heal their relationship with food and their bodies so that they can reclaim their mental energy and spend it on living a life according to their truest values. I am a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, a regulatory body of allied health professionals.


Why do you love working at the Centre?

Being a part of the transformations that clients experience through the trajectory of recovery is the most fulfilling work I could imagine. If you had told me when I first decided to pursue nutrition if eating disorders would be the area I’d end up working in, I might not have believed you- but now, I can’t picture my life any other way. 






How did you get here?

I always knew that I wanted to be in a helping profession, so connecting that with my love of food inspired me to go into the field of dietetics. I have a passion for connecting with all kinds of people and have developed this through working with a community health centre, an organization in Guelph that provides resources to people in need, and a local neighbourhood group. I believe that food is so much more than just what we put into our bodies, and that everyone deserves to eat without feeling guilt or shame. My goal is to use a weight-free, health at every size perspective to support people on their recovery journey. I am a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and have a Master's degree from the University of Guelph. 

Why do you love working at the Centre?

Being part of clients' recovery journey is some of the most rewarding work I could imagine! Working with such a wonderful and holistic team of people, and supporting each individual client to find peace with food is what drew me to working at the centre.




How did you get here?

I was drawn to work at the Kyla Fox Center as a wonderful opportunity to help others by merging my clinical nutrition knowledge and holistic perspective.As far back as I can remember I had an instinctive orientation towards natural health and wellness and curiosity about how the body and mind interrelate. I felt inspired to study nutrition in university and was drawn towards holistic healing approaches and helping others.My nutrition practice has spanned over 20 years working in different cultures and health settings with a focus on children, adolescents and their families experiencing complex health and nutrition challenges. Through my personal and work experiences I discovered how unique and complex the relationship with food and self can be and how healing this relationship can empower and transform a person. I wanted to support people on this journey.

Why do you love working at the Centre?

I was drawn to how the Kyla Fox Center approach to healing eating disorders is rooted in trust, integrated and holistic.
I  feel honoured to be part of each client’s journey as well as join such a genuine and dedicated team supporting the recovery of our clients.




How did you get here?
I have known I was meant to be in a helping profession since my childhood. After college & university, I spent 15 years working in the public service & non profit sectors including positions in addictions, social services, mental health, justice and emergency services. In 2015, I returned back to school and found myself in the holistic world after dealing with my own health concerns. After completing my education to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I worked in different clinical nutrition roles to help others find peace with food & body through a trauma informed & weight inclusive lens. After my own lived experience and a career in supporting others, this is where all my worlds fully connected.

Why do you love working at the Centre?

My passion has always been helping others grow their capacity to build the safety within to come home to their bodies. What called me to the work of the centre is the holistic approach to helping others heal while seeing them as individuals with their own unique needs. I feel so honoured to be part of the Kyla Fox Centre's multi disciplinary team as we support others on their journey of recovery. 


How did you get here?

I started to develop disordered eating habits in my early teens and struggled for years with restriction, bingeing, and body image. Nobody knew the internal battle I was experiencing because eating disorders were never talked about when I was growing up and many of the behaviours I was engaging in were actually encouraged by family, friends, and society. I always knew that I wanted a career where I could help people, so fast forward 10 years and I became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Through my own recovery, I discovered intuitive eating and it completely changed the way that I viewed nutrition and health. From there I shifted the focus of my practice to an anti-diet and weight-neutral approach. It is now my mission to help as many people as possible repair the relationship they have with food, mind, and body, so that they can experience freedom and joy around food, and feel empowered in their bodies.

Why do you love working at the Centre?

I was drawn to the centre because of the holistic approach to recovery alongside the understanding that eating disorders are very complex and unique to each individual. The work we do here is extremely meaningful and fulfilling, and I am very grateful for that. I also love working alongside such a talented, empathetic, and amazing team!






How did you get here?
I graduated from business school, and worked in national and international sales and marketing across corporate, start-up, and creative environments. I had some incredible experiences in this career, but also a lot of pressures and stressors. I turned to yoga, meditation, holistic therapies, eastern philosophy and spirituality to find a sense of grounding and balance, and eventually followed the tug of my soul to share these practices with others. I studied holistic healing, yoga and meditation in India, and returned to build my practice in Toronto.

Why do you love working at the Centre?
I love working with clients to help them find a sense of grounding, ease and peace within themselves, feel at home in their bodies, and deepen their connection to their intuitive wisdom. I also love the centre’s holistic approach to recovery and working alongside a talented and compassionate team of practioners.




How did you get here?

In my late teens I developed an addiction to running and a condition we now call orthorexia (obsession with healthy eating). It wasn’t well understood back in 2001 and I had a terrible time finding anyone who’d acknowledge that what I was going through was a problem. I just didn’t fit any of the boxes… so I had to climb my way out of that on my own. It was long and challenging, especially as I was studying naturopathic medicine – a profession I love but that tends to perpetuate toxic, weight-centred, health and wellness beliefs.  20 years, a partner, and two kids later I’m proud to say that I’ve worked my way through my food and body issues and I genuinely enjoying living life in this body of mine. I move for JOY, I eat because food is delicious, connecting, and pleasurable, and I’ve focused my naturopathic practice on helping those with food and body issues pursue health from a Health at Every Size perspective.

Dr. Jillian Murphy is a registered, licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, having completed the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s four-year postgraduate program in 2006. Prior to attending CCNM, Dr. Murphy graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Kinesiology. Jillian’s background includes 10 years of general naturopathic practice and over 8 years of working with adults and children in various fields, including intuitive eating and body image. Jillian has dedicated the past 10 years to studying the psychology of eating, the relationship between weight and health, intuitive eating, and the most in-the-know strategies for exiting the diet cycle. She has additional training in CBT and coaching, studying under Ellyn Satter for two years. Jillian works from a Health At Every Size (HAES) perspective.

Why do you love working at the Centre?

I love working on a team! Everything is so much better with friends, amirite?

After working alone for years it feels amazing to be able to collaborate, providing the highest level of care possible. 

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How did you get here?

I'm a former lawyer who later transitioned into coaching, women's moon circles, movement, meditation, retreats, and online courses.  I love to help others to learn how to live more connected to their intuition and inner knowing, and to help them embrace their authentic selves and build out lives in alignment from that place. Within my work at the centre, I'm passionate about helping others to discover the healing effects of somatic meditation, movement, and self-reflection practices that helped me through my own eating disorder recovery and to support others on the journey of learning to connect with themselves and their bodies in a deeper way. 

Why do you love working at the Centre?

I love working with people who are so courageous to show up for their recovery, and to get to support them through that journey is so fulfilling.  I also love the truly team-focused approach to care, which surrounds clients with a strong circle of support. 



How did you get here?
 I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years. When I first started, I was working out regularly and yoga seemed like a natural complement to my fitness routine. After a few classes, I was officially hooked. Yoga is so much more than a physical practice for me - it allows me to be more deeply connected, live in the present moment and be mindful in my actions. It became a full mind, body, and soul experience both on and off my mat. Wanting to share this beautiful practice with others, I did my first Teacher Training in Nicaragua and since then, I’ve done flow, vinyasa and core flow trainings as well as meditation, mindfulness and reiki courses. What I love the most about teaching is that I get to share my own practices and through that, help others connect with their own bodies


Why do you love working at the Centre?

 I love how the centre has a full holistic approach to recovery and I’m excited to be a part of that journey. I also really enjoy working alongside an incredibly talented team




How did you get here?
I discovered my passion for health and wellness through lived experiences which made me realize how interconnected physical and mental health are and how important supporting others who struggle with an empathetic ear can be. After graduating with a BA in History at Western University, this passion propelled me to become a certified Holistic Nutrition and Health Coach. Ultimately, I want people to love their body and it gives me so much joy to help as many people as I can down that path towards self-love.

Why do you love working at the Centre?
Beyond being an incredible and empowering work environment, I feel very privileged to work at the Kyla Fox Centre because of the meaningful work I get to do. What makes this Centre so special is its holistic approach: rather than focusing only on the eating disorders themselves or finding quick fixes, the Centre provides a supportive and compassionate environment for its clients that addresses the complexities of their lives in order to help them in a lasting way.

How did you get here?

As a child, I absorbed so many lessons, rules, and fears about food and weight shared by the adults and other kids around me. These lodged in the back of my mind, and I didn’t question them until many years later when I was working at a University counselling centre. I was surprised at the number of students who came through my office that had been experiencing eating disorders for years and struggling in silence. In order to support these students, I signed up for trainings, and read and listened to as many resources as I could find. Learning about the effects of diet culture and fatphobia on women and girls was a light bulb moment for me. As I learned more about the relationship of shame, trauma, and connectedness to eating disorder symptoms, I became passionate about healing these wounds on an individual and community level. 


I completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. I am currently completing a Body Trust® Provider certification.

Why do you love working at the Centre?

I enjoy working at the centre with such passionate and kind colleagues and I appreciate our comprehensive approach to recovery. The thorough circle of care, wrap-around therapeutic services offered to clients, and the flexible and personalized treatment plan over a generic one-size-fits-all. I feel energized working alongside individuals whose approach is anti-diet, weight-inclusive, and trauma-informed.


 Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)