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Microbiota and Eating Habits

Conferences will be held on September 29th and October 1st, 2020

 


Radio program : La vie du bon côté (translated as The Bright Side of Life)

 

Changing your relationship with food, with Ingrid Richaud


Sylvie HONORE (radio host for the show “La Vie du Bon Côté”): Ingrid Richaud, counseling psychologist, helps her overweight patients to love themselves more so as to better listen and respect their body and hunger sensations. The goal being to help the person achieve healthy weight loss while eating with pleasure and satisfaction, and being kind and gentle with themselves. The rhythm is that of the client ! Most of the time, patients leave therapy feeling much lighter physically and psychologically. How can we eat guilt-free ? Focus on the Bio-Psycho-Sensorial Approach !”


Conference « Weight Management without dieting : Are you also yoyoing with your weight?”

Conférence : Gestion du poids sans régime : Vous aussi vous jouez au yoyo avec votre poids ?


Speaker at the PAC (Présence et Action Culturelle – Presence and Cultural Action): Health in all its states ! Outline of sectarian abuses : cycle of conferences on devious sects in the health domain.

Subject: Drink… Eliminate ! On Jasmuheen’s Breatharianism and Anorexia Disorder by Sandrine Mathen, from the CIAOSN, and Ingrid Richaud, Clinical Psychologist, specialized in eating disorders.

PAC


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Appointments

Schedule an appointment :

By phone : +32 472 71 29 30

By email : psy.irichaud@gmail.com

Consultations by appointment only :

Centre 67Health Center

Rue de Mons, 67, 1400 Nivelles

All consultations are held in Nivelles (easy access from Braine l’Alleud, Waterloo, Charleroi) and online.

Where can I park for free ?

On this map you can find dozens of free parking places close to the Center 67.

Current context of Covid-19 :

For the health and safety of each other, please take note of the following security measures :

  • To avoid staying too long in the waiting room, please arrive on time for your appointment;
  • Masks must be worn in session; 
  • For the payment of sessions, please bring the right amount with you or use a mobile banking app;
  • Please wash your hands upon arrival, after using the toilet, and after touching your face. You can do this using your own hand sanitizer, or using the soap and paper towels that are provided to you, in the bathroom;
  • As our comfortable armchairs cannot be disinfected but we still wish to use them, we ask you to bring a cover (1.70m) or two small towels (for the arm rests) for each session. Plastic chairs will be available and disinfected just in case;  
  • Between each session, the door handles will be disinfected using spray and paper towel;
  • If you are sick, please stay at home, we can start or continue sessions safely, online.

Thank you for your understanding and collaboration.

Online Therapy (for patients already in therapy)

For clients that are not able to make it to the Center 67 because of being homebound, or more generally, because of health problems, I now offer the possibility to do online sessions via the computer software « Jitsi». To know more about this software, click here.

For this second option you will need a well charged, computer or smartphone with camera, a good internet connection and an updated version of either Chrome, Firefox or Opera browser. Please make sure you find a space and time where you will not be bothered (phone in silent mode if possible).

I will give you more instructions by email. No worries, the program is fast, free, and easy to install.

When contacting me by email, please leave me with the following information :

  • Last Name, First name
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone number
  • Availability
  • Name of Health Insurance
  • Country

Please note that your personal data is strictly confidential and will not be shared with 3rd parties (GDPR).

Once you have received confirmation for your appointment, proof of payment (bank transfer : BE51 3770 6195 6462) must be submitted before the beginning of the session. If not, the reservation will not be considered confirmed.

Sessions last 45 minutes each.

Should you have to cancel your reserved appointment, please take note that there is a 48 hour notice policy. This policy allows me to give your appointment time to another patient. Within the 48 hours prior to our meeting, whether you show up or not, the consultation will be billed.

Licensed psychologist n°882214277

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Psychology of eating

Aside from eating disorders, the psychology behind eating is insufficiently explored. Yet, it is by understanding how food plans and diets are programmed to fail, that we can finally move on to healthier ways of dealing with food and/or body related issues. Emotions, relationships, context (family, school, work…), the image we have of ourselves are all aspects that cannot be ignored in this field.

This is why, I accompany people to better understand what prevents them from eating peacefully, that is to say without obsessing about food, hurting or restricting themselves. For this reason I decided to incorporate the Bio-Psycho-Sensorial * approach into my practice. Unlike dieting, this approach offers a healthy alternative, respecting both the mind (emotional needs) and the body (hunger signals) for people with a painful relationship to food.

YES, many people would love to be able to eat what they like, not worry about their weight, and feel good about their body. Eating is not only a physiological need but also an emotional need. It is quite common for a person to be tempted to eat (or drink) when feeling bored or after a hard day at work. Often when we are dissatisfied with our bodies, we think more about how we can control our eating habits (“can’t eat this or that”, “think about something else”, “eat more salad so you don’t have room for desert”,…) rather than how we can increase our sense of pleasure (“this chocolate is delicious”, “pampering my skin with lotion or clothes that feel good to the touch », « gently stretching my body after work”).

Though it may seem at odds with body dissatisfaction, never have pleasure and self-care been such key elements in helping solve this issue. It is in fact because pleasure is obtained that satisfaction can exist. When truly satisfied, we do not need to search for more. If a person cannot find satisfaction while eating, it is usually because certain emotions are in the way, such as guilt or fear, or because of eating mindlessly, without attention (in front of the computer, for example). By working on these particular emotions, as well as developing more presence, we learn to eat what we like and what we need, without overeating (except occasionally, which is part of a balanced way of life). Being at peace with food helps being at peace with the self.

For more ideas on how to increase attention and pleasure, please see the article in French on « Les 7 sortes de faim ».

For more ideas on how to live with body dissatisfaction, please see the article in French « Je ne suis pas un canon de beauté, et alors ? ».

Whether you suffer from an eating disorder (bulimia with or without purging, anorexia, compulsive overeating…), or just want to be able to eat normally without harming your health, I will help you learn how eating has become a response to non eating issues and/or psychological difficulties. Our work will consist of learning how to manage specific emotions, practice assertive communication, improve close relationships, and especially see how we can make your overall context more sustainable for a healthier eating habit to take place. 

In addition to our sessions, I strongly recommend completing our work with a G.R.O.S.** trained dietician that has studied concrete tools and exercises to help you listen and reconnect to your natural body signals. The complementary aspect of these sessions should help you gain in clarity quickly, all the while bringing the change you are seeking for.

As a reminder, my expertise, tools, or I alone, have no power to change anything without your consent, involvement and active collaboration (if interested, please read « Before Signing Up For Therapy »).

* The Bio-Psycho-Sensorial approach was developed by the G.R.O.S. (Obesity and Overweight Focus Group), based in Paris. The main goal is to help people regain a feeling of freedom in relation to food, while reestablishing a « healthy » weight, without dieting.

**G.R.O.S. (Obesity and Overweight Focus Group), their site here

Gestion du poids et Liberté

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Psychological consultations

Some common reasons for a consultation :

* Emotional difficulties, chronic distress (fear of failure, chronic anxiety, phobias, poor stress management,…)

* Difficulty adjusting to a changing/evolving context, such as a separation, divorce, death, new job, unemployment,…

* Relational difficulties at work, with your partner, or family

* Intimacy issues (prolonged celibacy, body dissatisfaction, fear of judgment,…)

* Existential related questions (sense of self and purpose in the world)

* An unhealthy relationship with food or an eating disorder, such as chronic yoyo dieting, bulimia, food obsessions, binge eating, etc.

Whatever the nature of your concern, I ask you to consider this : why wait any longer and risk feeling worse when you can choose to feel better ?

Psychological consultations give you a confidential space where you can speak freely and think more in depth about what is keeping you from leading a more meaningful life. Together we will look at how we can reactivate your own resources so that ultimately you can use them and find the confidence and motivation you need to continue on your own.

Consultations for adults and adolescents (for French consultations, click here).

Before Signing Up For Therapy

Doing therapy can be revolutionary and improve many things, but not everyone is ready or a good candidate for it. If your distress is too severe, it can prevent you from finding the energy necessary and/or desire to change things. In this case, it is most likely best to wait by finding a way to rest at home or on a retreat before starting the therapeutic process.

In order to not waste any time, here are some considerations that are important to take into account when considering therapy. Some aspects of the therapeutic framework (such as confidentiality, duration of therapy …) are also mentioned in this section.

1) Active collaboration

Psychotherapy involves both parties; it is a collaboration, a co-construction in which everyone needs to take his or her respective responsibilities while remaining free to stay in or leave therapy during the entire process.

As you know best what you are going through (emotionally), it is by sharing what helps you and what does not (you and your system) that we have a chance to progress and discover how to best find solutions to get you what you want.

It is important to recall that, I rarely have a “quick fix” solution for you. Even if I did, I alone, have no power to change things. The tools I have will only work if you choose to use them or learn how to use them. It is by sharing with me your experience with them, that we can make the needed adjustments that will best fit your goals.

2) Risks

Although my setting proposes a safe and non-judgmental place, opening up to an unknown person about personal matters is usually uncomfortable in the beginning. Our comfort zone is at risk. It is crucial to respect your rhythm, I will most likely ask you to slow down if need be.

In addition, change needs time, it can sometimes be slow if not stagnant. It has its own rhythm too and we cannot force it.

Finally and yet importantly, change in one area implies change in other areas, meaning that if it brings advantages in one area, this might not be the case in another important area of your life. It will therefore be an important part of therapy to evaluate the risks of change while implementing safety measures before any change is planned.

Please note that the therapeutic space is not primarily a decision-making space. This would affect creativity and free exploration of options, two valuable resources in therapy.

3) Confidentiality

Our sessions are strictly confidential. The content of the sessions is protected by the code of professional ethics.

Limits of confidentiality : Psychologists are required by law to disclose any information that could protect the client or others from an act of physical violence such as suicide, imminent homicide intentions, or plans to do harm to an identifiable person or group of people.

4) Duration of therapy

The duration of therapy is difficult to foresee in advance as it depends on many factors such as your evolving context, goals, wishes and overall implication.

5) Cancellation policy

Your cancellation allows other patients to benefit from your therapy time. Therefore, for any cancellations made less than 48 hours (business days) before the appointment time, the reservation being lost, the total fee will be charged. This is standard practice and permits recognition for the professional’s time and work.

6) Goodbye Session

When you decide to stop therapy, no matter the reason, a “Goodbye Session” is part of the therapeutic process, as it constitutes a healthy way to separate. This session also enables us to review your progress while discussing how to go forward with what was accomplished.

Moreover, it is an opportunity to bring into the open unexpressed difficulties and/or close any unwanted open boxes from previous sessions. Holding myself accountable for the safety of the therapeutic framework, please note I will reconnect with you for this final session if need be.

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Carte d'Ingrid Richaud (recto) , psychologue à Wavre et à Nivelles (Brabant Wallon)Carte d'Ingrid Richaud (verso), psychologue à Wavre et à Nivelles (Brabant Wallon)

Who am I ?

Ingrid Richaud, psychologue clinicienne

As a clinical psychologist, I study human behavior, thoughts and emotions so I can help my patients better understand and change what generates and maintains inner suffering and/or distress.

In the therapy room, I put a special emphasis on creating a conducive space for self-discovery so my patients can safely explore the richness and depth of their emotions and inner world. One of the aspects I most appreciate about my sessions with patients is working on creating new perspectives that will best suit the reality in which they choose to live. I believe that perspective shape reality. This is why questioning perspectives, especially those that keep us stuck in a rut, can be so liberating and rewarding.

My formal training, professors and mentors, as well as travels and experiences abroad have made me a psychologist who is particularly sensitive to the influence of the environment (with its norms and belief systems) on psychological well-being. Being of French and American descent, fluent in both languages, I was fortunate to study Psychology, with a minor in Science, Health and Values, in New York State (Wells College). During and after those four years of university, my curiosity for more experience and discoveries drove me to continue exploring parts of the world. In some places I ended up working and living awhile, learning their language (Spanish), and adapting to their cultural norms and belief systems. Despite the years, I have not forgotten how much language and culture shape our understanding of the world and way of thinking.

More than ever, deepening my knowledge of psychology felt indispensable. This is when I decided to pursue my education, while returning closer to my country, with a Master’s degree in Psychological Sciences *, at UCLouvain in Belgium. On top of my cognitive and behavioral therapy training (CBT), I took a particular interest in systemic psychotherapy. I am currently enrolled in a 4-year post-training program, to become a systemic psychotherapist. The systemic approach examines the influence of the environment on people, and conversely, the influence of people on their environment. The environment includes family relationships, the couple, friendships, work, etc.

Part of my practice is also devoted to helping people with eating disorders (bulimia with or without purging, anorexia, compulsive overeating) or more generally, with a difficult relationship to food and/or their image (body dissatisfaction, obsessive calorie control, excessive fear of gaining/losing weight). It was after the completion of a memorable internship that I discovered the Bio-Psycho-Sensorial approach ** and decided to incorporate it into my practice. Unlike dieting, this approach offers a healthy alternative, respecting both the mind and the body, for people with a painful relationship to food (more information here)).

* During my Master’s Degree, I mainly studied CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and was particularly inspired by ACT (Acceptance and Engagement Therapy). These psychological models are science-based, and offer many tools to facilitate emotional acceptance, as in Mindfulness, but with an emphasis on meaning and concrete action.

** The Bio-Psycho-Sensorial approach was developed by the G.R.O.S. (Obesity and Overweight Focus Group), based in Paris. The main goal is to help people regain a feeling of freedom in relation to food, while reestablishing a « healthy » weight, without dieting.

Continued training and education :

Systemic Family Psychotherapy by CEFORES, Centre Chapelles-aux-Champs

4 year Post-Graduate Training (current training)Logo UCL Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve

Post-traumatic stress disorder and Complicated Grief by Christophe Herbert

January 2019FormationsPsy

Burn-out Syndrome by Professor Jacques de Mol

January 2019FormationsPsy

MBSR (Mindfulness based Stress Reduction)

8 week cycle with Doctor Bernadette Dupuis

April 2018- June 2018

Malignant Narcissist and his accomplice by Alberto Eiguer FormationsPsy

May 2018

Regular Trainings in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Since 2015

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ACTiff, Licence 82691122869

What prevents me from acting ?Logo CentrEmergences Centre de développement personnel et coaching louvain-la-neuve

Centre Emergence de Louvain-La-Neuve

September 2015

Conflict Management and Non Violent CommunicationLogo Univers Santé de l'UCL

Univers Santé, UCL

November 2014

The key tools to leading a happier lifeLogo UCL Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve

UCL

2012

SAVAR (Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Ressource)Logo SAVAR Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Ressource

Cayuga Counseling Services

2009


Welcome

The Right Way Signal

You might be wondering, “what is therapy ?”, or “how can therapy be helpful ?

Therapy is giving yourself permission to take a step aside from your usual daily life, giving yourself a time and space so that you can reflect, understand yourself and others better. Therapy can also help boost social relationships and overall connection, thanks to better communication and emotional coping skills. By regaining enough motivation and autonomy, you should be able to pursue life in a more meaningful way. The main objective of therapy, however, is to alleviate suffering while focusing on what is important for you.

Who am I ?

Ingrid Richaud, psychologue clinicienne et spécialiste des troubles du comportement alimentaire

As a psychologist, I study human behavior, thoughts and emotions so I can help my patients better understand and change what generates and maintains inner suffering and/or distress.

In the therapy room, I put a special emphasis on creating a conducive space for self-discovery so my patients can safely explore the richness and depth of their emotions and inner world. One of the aspects I most appreciate about my sessions with patients is working on creating new perspectives that will best suit the reality in which they choose to live. I believe that perspective shape reality. This is why questioning perspectives, especially those that keep us stuck in a rut, can be so liberating and rewarding.

My formal training, professors and mentors, as well as travels and experiences abroad have made me a psychologist who is particularly sensitive to the influence of the environment (with its norms and belief systems) on psychological well-being. Being of French and American descent, fluent in both languages, I had the opportunity to… (Read more)

Part of my practice is also devoted to helping people with eating disorders (bulimia with or without purging, anorexia, compulsive overeating) or more generally, with a difficult relationship to food and/or their image (body dissatisfaction … (Read more)

Psychological consultations

Do you sometimes feel that no matter how much you try to change things, you are still turning in circles… that certain thoughts, emotions and/or behaviors prevent you from progressing towards your goals ?

Here are some common problems addressed in my private practice :

  • Lack of motivation,

  • Stress management,

  • Burn-out Syndrome,

  • Emotional coping,

  • Relational difficulties (couple, family, work),

  • The psychology behind eating,

  • Body image dissatisfaction,

  • Communicational difficulties.

Whatever the nature of your concern, I ask you to consider this : why wait any longer and risk feeling worse when you can choose to feel better ?

If you are considering therapy, please read the section entitled « Before Signing Up For Therapy ».

Psychological consultations give you a confidential space where you can speak freely and think more in depth about what is keeping you from leading a more meaningful life. Together we will look at how we can reactivate your own resources so that ultimately you can use them and find the confidence and motivation you need to continue on your own.

Consultations for adults and adolescents (for consultations in French, click here).

Schedule an appointment :

By phone : +32 472 71 29 30 

By email : psy.irichaud@gmail.com

Consultations by appointment only :

Centre 67Health Center

Rue de Mons, 67, 1400 Nivelles

All the consultations are held in Nivelles (easy access from Braine l’Alleud, Waterloo, Charleroi) and online.

Where can I park for free ?

On this map you can find dozens of free parking places close to the Center 67.

Current context of Covid-19 :

For the health and safety of each other, please take note of the following security measures :

  • To avoid staying too long in the waiting room, please arrive on time for your appointment;
  • Masks must be worn in session;
  • For the payment of sessions, please bring the right amount with you or use a mobile banking app;
  • Please wash your hands upon arrival, after using the toilet, and after touching your face. You can do this using your own hand sanitizer, or using the soap and paper towels that are provided to you, in the bathroom;
  • As our comfortable armchairs cannot be disinfected but we still wish to use them, we ask you to bring a cover (1.70m) or two small towels (for the arm rests) for each session. Plastic chairs will be available and disinfected just in case;
  • Between each session, the door handles will be disinfected using spray and paper towel;
  • If you are sick, stay at home, we can start or continue sessions safely, online.

Thank you for your understanding and collaboration.

Online Therapy (for patients already in therapy)

For clients that are not able to make it to the Center 67 because of being homebound, or more generally, because of health problems, work schedules, travel or home caring for the family, I now offer the possibility to do online sessions by phone (+32 472 71 29 30) via the secured application « Signal » or via the computer software « Jitsi». To know more about this software, click here.

For this second option you will need a well charged, computer or smartphone with camera, a good internet connection and an updated version of either Chrome, Firefox or Opera browser. Please make sure you find a space and time where you will not be bothered (phone in silent mode if possible).

I will give you more instructions by email. No worries, the program is fast, free, and easy to install.

When contacting me by email, please leave me with the following information :

  • Last Name, First name
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone number 
  • Availability
  • Name of Health Insurance
  • Country

Please note that your personal data is strictly confidential and will not be shared with 3rd parties (GDPR).

Once you have received confirmation for your appointment, proof of payment (bank transfer : BE51 3770 6195 6462) must be submitted before the beginning of the session. If not, the reservation will not be considered confirmed.

Sessions last 45 minutes each.

Should you have to cancel your reserved appointment, please take note that there is a 48 hour notice policy. This policy allows me to give your appointment time to another patient. Within the 48 hours prior to our meeting, whether you show up or not, the consultation will be billed.

Licensed psychologist n°882214277

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