Jackie Rousseau

Registered Social Worker

Credentials: MSW/RSW
Languages Spoken: English
Location: In person (Ottawa) & virtual across Ontario

My approach

Struggling with eating disorders and body image issues can lead to feelings of hopelessness and a belief that recovery is out of reach. In a world that often lacks support and understanding, many people feel uncertain about what to expect from therapy or how it can help.

My goal is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where you can feel safe exploring these challenges. Together, we can work towards healing and finding a path forward that feels right for you.

My trauma-informed approach to therapy includes elements from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Intuitive Eating, and Brainspotting, with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) integrated as needed.

Challenges I can support you through

Area of Expertise

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Eating Disorders

(Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder,OSFED)

Other areas of strong interest

Services I offer

  • Individualized Therapy
  • Family Therapy

The clients I love to support

Adolescents (14+), adults

Modalities/frameworks I use

  • DBT
  • ACT
  • Psychodynamic
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Intuitive Eating Certified

What influences my work

My lived experience with an eating disorder and body image issues greatly influences my work. This experience led me to pursue a PhD in social work, focusing on the harms caused by diet culture and weight stigma, which has further fueled my passion for advocating against weight bias and promoting body inclusivity. These experiences and beliefs drive my commitment to
creating a supportive and understanding environment for those I work with, ensuring that each person feels valued and empowered on their journey toward healing and well-being.

What I like most about working at TBP:

I love working at The Balanced Practice because of our shared commitment to breaking down diet culture. Working with an interdisciplinary team strengthens the therapy process, providing comprehensive and tailored support to ensure everyone receives the best possible care.

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Jackie is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work from Carleton University, Ottawa. With over 14 years of experience in healthcare, she has helped clients navigate complex and challenging systems, working in hospitals, family health teams, and private practice. Jackie is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brainspotting, and is a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, with additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Jackie’s diverse experience and comprehensive training allow her to provide tailored, compassionate support to individuals facing a variety of mental health

More than just my work

  • One of my favourite Maya Angelou quotes is “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”
  • Nature provides me with a significant feeling of ease. Time in nature makes me feel incredibly calm and allows me to practice mindfulness to help me stay present.
  • When I am not working, I am a hardcore Motomom.  I have two boys who race motocross competitively and we spend a significant amount of our spare time travelling around Canada and the US attending races.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Call The Balanced Practice at (613) 695-0306 to set up an appointment with Jackie today!