Biography

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My dream has been to open my own practice that promotes a holistic approach to health: offering both counselling and esthetics to work on healing, relaxing and balancing both the body and mind.

I am passionate about helping clients in the process of reaching their personal goals that balance their mental, emotional and physical health.

I believe that when we take care of our body and mind, we feel healthier and more balanced and inspired in life.

I have a long road of education and experience behind me that has allowed me to realize my goals and follow my passion. I finished my Master’s degree in Clinical and Health Psychology in 2004 followed by my PhD while working at the departments of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy and Reproductive Medicine at the Erasmus University Hospital in the Netherlands.

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (# 6416) and a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). In addition, I am a Level 1 TEAM Certified Therapist.
I have over 10 years of experience working with adults, teens and children coping with overweight and obesity and I specialize in weight management treatments. Weight management, infertility, chronic illnesses and psychological health including self-esteem, anxiety, and depression are my areas of expertise. I have published several articles and book chapters related to these topics and have spoken at many national and international conferences, sharing my research with other experts in the field. I have also won several awards for new research concepts including weight management therapies.
In addition, I am a certified esthetician and a member in good standing with the Beauty Council. I have received my Body Spa Esthetics Diploma with honours at John Casablancas Institute, Vancouver, BC.

Articles, book chapters and reports published:

  • de Niet, J.E. (2008) Language of the eyes. Journal of Conflict handling and Mediation.
  • de Niet, J.E. et al. (2010) Psychological well-being and sexarche in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Human Reproduction.
  • Bauer, S., de Niet, J.E. et al. (2010) Enhancement of care through self-monitoring and tailored feedback via text messaging and their use in the treatment of childhood overweight. Patient Education and Counseling.
  • de Niet, J.E. et al. (2011) Predictors of participant dropout at various stages of a pediatric lifestyle program. Pediatrics.
  • de Niet, J.E. et al. (2011) Somatic complaints and social competence predict success in childhood obesity treatment. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity.
  • de Niet, J.E., & Naiman, D. (2011) Psychological aspects of childhood obesity. Minerva Pediatrica.
  • de Niet, J.E. et al. (2011) Psycho-social and sexual well-being in women with polycystic ovary syndrome in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. InTech. ISBN 978 953 307 8236.
  • de Niet, J.E. et al. (2012) Short Message Service reduces dropout in childhood obesity treatment: a randomized controlled trial. Health Psychology.
  • de Niet, J.E. et al. (2012) The effect of a Short Message Service Maintenance Treatment on Body Mass Index and psychological well-being in overweight and obese children: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Obesity.
  • Mâsse, L.C., & de Niet, J.E. (2012) Sources of validity evidence needed with self-report measures of physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.
  • Mâsse, L.C., & de Niet, J.E. (2013) School nutritional capacity, resources and practices are associated with availability of food/beverage items in schools. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.
  • Mâsse L.C., de Niet-Fitzgerald J.E. et al. (2014) Associations between the school food environment, student consumption and body mass index of Canadian adolescents. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.
  • de Niet, J.E., Hess, M. & Brenninkmeijer, A. (2014). Public report on difficult complaining behaviour.
  • Jiskoot, Benneheij, Beerthuizen, de Niet et al. (2017). A three-component cognitive behavioural lifestyle program for preconceptional weight-loss in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): a protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

Awards:

  • Heart & Stroke Foundation Canada. Title: Improving childhood obesity treatment outcomes through the use of innovative methods.
  • The 4th International Conference On Preventive Cardiology/Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada/Canadian Cardiovascular Society award.
  • Child and Family Research Institute. Title: Improving treatment outcomes and reducing dropout in childhood obesity treatment through the use of innovative methods.
  • Award of the Medical Research Advice Committee of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center, the Netherlands. Title: Sustained lifestyle in overweight and obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome.