poster session

The Power of Embodiment: Moving From Exploitation to Empowerment.

ailey jolie

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During this presentation author, advocate and clinical therapist Ailey Jolie will explore how she transformed her past experiences of sexual exploitation into empowerment through the process of becoming embodied. This presentation will fuse together professional training in trauma integration and eating disorder recovery with lived experience. It will provide an opportunity for both clinicians and clients to compassionately understand the link between how external violations of the physical body can result in internalized violence against the self.

Jolie will speak about trauma, coping with food and body, abuse reenactment, and how she put her past to rest by altering the poison of her pain into potent peace. A process that was aided by understanding the neurophysiological implications of trauma and how such corresponds with eating disorder symptoms and recovery.


Ailey is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who’s professional and personal experience lead to a clinical focus on trauma integration and disordered eating recovery. She uses a body-centred psychotherapy perspective with clients. She holds a Masters of Counselling Psychology and is enrolled in a joint Master of Arts and Doctorate in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Somatic Studies. She holds two Honours Bachelor Degrees in the fields of Women’s Studies, Communication and Psychology from the University of Ottawa (Université d’Ottawa). She has completed over 1000 hours of training in yoga and meditation from senior teachers such as Seane Corn and Ana Forrest. Jolie is the author of 'My Body, My Story' and founder of 'Our Bodies'. A smartphone app. that supports survivors of sexual harassment and violence across Canada

Social Media: @therapywithailey @aileyjolie