About Jerilyn Hurwitz
I completed all of my postsecondary education at Western University in London, Ontario. In 2003, I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and went on to pursue my Honors Bachelor of Social Work which I graduated from in 2007. During this time, I was the recipient of the Eliza Canzona Award for the highest academic achievement in Ethics & The Law in Social Work.
In 2009, I obtained my Master of Social Work and am currently a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers in good standing. I am also a member of The Ontario Association of Social Workers.
I have professional experience in the areas of child welfare, mental health, addictions, relationships, domestic violence, trauma, grief, and loss. However, my area of specialization is eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder.
Having personally experienced Anorexia Nervosa, I know first-hand what an eating disorder is like and how it can easily take control over one’s life. For the past 20 years, I have made it my mission to educate and help others struggling with these life-threatening illnesses, while recognizing that no two struggles are the same.
Throughout this time, I have come to realize that there is a significant lack of knowledge and understanding about eating disorders among health care professionals and the general population at large. I have also learned that there is a major shortage of psychotherapy services available to individuals struggling with eating disorders within London and the surrounding areas.
In fact, previous research has reported that the number of individuals struggling with an eating disorder and/or poor body image, especially female adolescents, is higher in London than in the average city across all of Ontario. This is a major concern to me and a factor that influenced the opening of Voices In Recovery.
While completing my Master of Social Work, I focused a considerable amount of my research on the treatment experiences of individuals struggling with Anorexia Nervosa. What I discovered is that these individuals consider a significant factor contributing to their recovery is a feeling of being heard and given a voice, two factors that are unfortunately often overlooked. At Voices In Recovery, it is my goal to provide my clients with a safe space to be open and honest, while feeling genuinely heard and understood.
I believe there is great power in one’s own voice so sharing individual thoughts, feelings, and opinions is viewed as an important step to recovery.
In addition to my educational experience, I had the privilege of being a Founding Board Member of The Eating Disorders Association of London (now Hope’s Eating Disorders Support) where I held various roles from 1997 to 2003.
B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., RSW
Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist
As a young adult, I developed and facilitated a support group, Self Defeating Eating For Teens, and later went on to develop and facilitate The Healing Place, a support group for Fanshawe College students.
I have delivered presentations and educational workshops to a variety of audiences, including both elementary and secondary schools within the Thames Valley and Catholic District School Boards, Fanshawe College, Stratford General Hospital, and Rogers Television.
I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor.
I am a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and am currently in the process of working towards certification as a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS).
If you would like to book an individual therapy appointment, you may contact me directly via telephone or email. Should you wish to get more information about Voices In Recovery and/or determine whether or not you might benefit from therapy, I am happy to provide a free 15 minute telephone or video consultation.
Confidential Phone Number: (519) 872-6002
*Please note that all sessions are currently being conducted virtually via a secure online platform.*