FOUNDERS

Clarissa and Molly met in 2019 at a training program for food addiction professionals. They soon discovered that their views on addiction, recovery, treatment and sobriety aligned, but it was their passion for helping others that bonded them in friendship, and they knew they wanted to work together.

Both women are certified mental health and addiction clinicians who have over 20 years combined experience working in this field, and have been in private practice working with clients one on one, while continuing to learn and advance the field of treatment for Food addiction.

In January 2021, they partnered with Dr. Vera Tarman to launch The Food Junkies Podcast, which now has over 1/2 million downloads. Later that year, they began running clinical research groups with Dr. Jen Unwin, Heidi Giaever (UK), Charlotte Poulsen, and Frida Sandin (Sweden), which was the first of its kind audit on treatment interventions for ultra-processed food addiction. Their findings were published in Sept. 2022 in Frontiers in Psychiatry called "Low carbohydrate and psychoeducational programs show promise for the treatment of ultra-processed food addiction.” This paper is now in the top 2% of papers ever published in Frontiers and in the Top 100 papers published of all time in the online journal.

From the outset, Clarissa and Molly have dreamed of creating a community that was a modern, affordable, accessible, empowering, self-directed program that reflects individual needs and that supported people in recovery from Food Addiction. They named it: Sweet Sobriety.

Every part of you matters when you’re quitting sugar/ultra-processed foods. That’s why this holistic approach to recovery takes a comprehensive look at your thoughts, your relationships, your body, and your environment. Based on knowledge, experience, and research, Sweet Sobriety provides 11 Foundational Modules, a community where you can connect with others, NEW monthly workshops and 5 group coaching opportunities a week. AND because they can't do it alone, Clarissa and Molly have the help of Bethany Mazereeuw, RSW, who brings her unique skill set to enhance your recovery journey and Viktoria Hamma, Clinical Hypnotherapist!

Keep scrolling to get to know us a bit more!

Clarissa Kennedy, RSW, BComm

FOUNDER

Clarissa Kennedy is a distinguished Clinical Social Worker and the visionary founder of Reinvent Your Bliss Point, co-founder of Sweet Sobriety, and co-host of the Food Junkies Podcast. She has a specialized diploma in Professional Addiction Studies and brings over 15 years of invaluable experience to her practice. Her extensive professional journey spans diverse treatment settings, encompassing residential treatment, outpatient services, and private practice, demonstrating her commitment to providing comprehensive care to adolescents, adults, and families.

 What sets Clarissa apart is not just her academic and professional accolades but also her deeply personal connection to the challenges her clients face. Having triumphed over her own battles with eating disorders and food addiction, Clarissa brings a unique level of empathy and understanding to her work. This personal history not only enhances her ability to relate to her clients but also enables her to establish trust and rapport crucial for effective therapeutic relationships. Embracing her role as a guide and supporter in her clients' journeys, Clarissa considers her work a privilege. Her compassionate approach to treatment goes beyond conventional therapeutic norms, creating a safe and understanding environment for her clients. Through this approach, she navigates individuals through the intricate process of change, acknowledging the nuances and complexities that accompany struggles with food addiction and eating disorders.  

In adopting an integrative approach to her practice, Clarissa draws on a diverse range of interventions tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. Her extensive training and clinical experience cover various treatment modalities, showcasing her versatility as a therapist. As a Somatically Informed Self Compassion Therapist, Clarissa incorporates bodily awareness into her practice, recognizing the interconnectedness of physical and emotional well-being. Furthermore, Clarissa's expertise extends to evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Eating Disorders, and Motivational Interviewing. This breadth of knowledge enables her to address a wide spectrum of challenges, providing a holistic and personalized approach to each client's therapeutic journey.

Molly Painschab, NBCC, LCPC, LAC

FOUNDER

Molly Painschab is a dual-licensed mental health and addiction counselor and has worked in the field since 2005. She is co-chair of the Sugar & Food Addiction Professional Network. Molly is also a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and in the Substance Use Disorders Special Interest Group.  

Her background in addiction treatment while working with individuals being supervised by the Department of Corrections, Child Protective Services, and other Court-Ordered situations inform her solution-focused and forward-thinking style.

Molly is fueled by her belief that recovery is possible. She considers herself a ‘helper’, eager to encourage and support individuals and families on their journey to mental and emotional wellness.  

Molly uses Solution-Focused Brief Therapy techniques to move clients toward the life they no longer want to escape from. 

FACILITATORS

Clarissa and Molly can't do it all on their own! You will also enjoy courses and groups facilitated by Bethany Mazereeuw and Viktoria Hamma!

Bethany Mazereeuw, MSW, RSW

Facilitator

I've struggled with weight, food and body issues since I was a child. I've tried just about every diet available, from Weight Watchers (many times...even became a leader!) to SlimFast to juice fasting to slow carb to keto to intermittent fasting to cognitive behavioural therapy to trying to simply accept my "fat genes".

When I first heard about sugar addiction, I scoffed and thought, "That’s not me...I can cut back anytime I want". That classic denial should have been my first clue.

It took a mind shift, coaching and a support group of fellow sugar addicts, but it did happen. Since giving up sugar in ALL its forms (refined carbohydrates, fruit and sweeteners), and learning how to build a life of recovery, I have finally discovered freedom. And somewhere along the way, my obsession with weight loss has also been left behind.

Now I want to help others find that same freedom. No matter what your situation, this freedom from sugar is possible.

Having earned a Masters of Social Work, I love to offer high challenge and encouragement to help you achieve things you didn’t think were possible. I like to help you to think critically in order to make sustainable changes in your life.

Viktoria "Vikka" Hamma, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Facilitator

Meet Viktoria Hamma, a versatile Hypnotherapist, Registered Massage Therapist, and Personal Trainer who specializes in substance addiction, trauma, and working with diverse populations, including indigenous communities in Ontario, Canada. With a fervent enthusiasm for exploring the mind-body connection, Viktoria empowers her clients to embark on their self-healing journey.

Operating from her practice in Ontario, CA, Viktoria offers both in-person and virtual consultations to a global clientele. As an engaging speaker, she has graced numerous events and podcasts, even hosting her own show, The Subconscious Proof, to broaden the accessibility of health and wellness solutions.

Viktoria's expertise extends to developing educational programs for youth, indigenous initiatives, and addiction recovery programming. A lifetime learner, her free time is spent absorbing new insights from podcasts and audiobooks or bonding with her beloved dogs and horse. Driven by her dedication, Viktoria continues to devise practical, effective solutions in the realm of health and wellness.

To lean more about Hypnotherapy and how Vikka works with clients, please head over to www.viktoriahamm.com


CJ Nguy

Facilitator

CJ is a Certified Food Addiction Coach and uses her personal story of overcoming food addiction to help you find solutions and employs skills to assist you in your recovery. She offers a profound passion for helping you navigate the challenges and triumphs of recovery. With her knowledge of food addiction and treatments, she employs evidence-based strategies to empower individuals toward long-term healing.