Guest Blog Post: Styling the inside
“Loving yourself from the inside out: Using the New Year to move forward in your relationship with yourself”
January 17, 2018

In this guest post through Styling The Inside, Hillary writes about the ways you can move forward in your relationship with yourself. Instead of changing something on the outside for the new year, learn to love yourself from the inside out. 

Interview on Pure Curiosity Podcast with Iris McAlpin
November 29, 2017

“This week’s episode of Pure Curiosity is a critical discussion about modern culture, media, parenting methods and our relationship with our bodies.  From #MeToo to #fitspo, social media can be a trigger for a wide range of issues, and coping can be challenging for many people.  Hillary offers practical tools, meaningful insight, and hope for the contemporary human and parent.  If you want a deeper understanding of how we internalize messages, unconsciously communicate with young people, and take responsibility for our impact on each other (among many other things), this podcast is for you!” – description from 

Interview on CBC Radio – BC Almanac
November 8, 2017

Listen to Hillary’s conversation with Gloria Macarenko on BC Almanac. Hillary and Gloria discuss the intergenerational nature of body image, and then they respond to calls from listeners about body image, eating disorders, and messages passed from mothers to children about bodies. 

Interview with Lisa DeLay on Spark My Muse
October 18, 2017

In this interview, Hillary has a conversation with podcast host Lisa DeLay about her new book, and her journey to write the book. She discusses issues like fat talk, shame, body image, and a feminist perspective of eating disorders.

How to talk about body image with your kids. Guest post on

September 28, 2017

“As a therapist, I get the privilege of sitting down with all kinds of people to hear their honest stories about life, pain, joy, growth, and loss. It gives me an inside perspective into the fears that many parents have about their children, about their ability to be good enough as parents, and the hope that their kids won’t struggle in the ways that they have.

It won’t surprise you to know that for many parents this includes a very visceral fear about body image. I have lost count of how many mothers I’ve heard say “I don’t want my daughter to hate her body like I do”, or “My struggle with my appearance have been so overwhelming that I feel paralysed when it comes to talking to my kids about their body image.”

What it feels like to learn. Invited piece for The Essential Life.

September 21, 2017

In this piece, written for the Essential Life, Hillary writes about learning from shame, the desire to grow, self compassion, eating disorder recovery.  

The Liturgists Podcast Episode 49 –  Spiritual Trauma

May 16, 2017

On this episode of the Liturgists, hosts Michael Gungor and Science Mike discuss spiritual trauma: what it is, how to cope with it, and how to support others through it. Special guests are Hillary McBride, Teresa Pasquale Mateus, and Carol Howard Merritt about trauma in spiritual contexts. 

One Brave Night: Interview with The meltdown guide: Hillary McBride on Feminist therapy, mental health, body image and eating disorders

Friday April 7, 2017

In this video, Hillary shares some information about her perspective on therapy, and how women can have healthier relationships with their bodies in a world which teaches them to feel so much body shame 


Inglorious Pasterns Podcast: Episode 54
Trauma and Spirituality with Hillary McBride 

Wednesday February 22, 2017

In this episode of Inglorious Pasterds Podcast Hillary McBride talks about the neurobiology of trauma, and the relationship between trauma and spirituality.

TW: incest, sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse, PTSD, military trauma 

UBC- spotlight on Hillary McBride

Wednesday February 15, 2017

Hillary McBride is a second year Ph.D. student in Counselling Psychology, under the research supervision of Dr. Judith Daniluk. During her doctoral studies, Hillary continues the research she started in her Masters: exploring women’s relationships with their bodies, particularly when women feel comfortable and appreciative of their own bodies. She is also involved in ongoing research about women’s postpartum sexual health, and perinatal mental health – supporting women’s well-being during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period, as well as the experience of being a female doctoral student.

Bikini Bodies: Learning to love myself through another woman’s day at the beach

January 15, 2016

I didn’t realize until it was a few days into my trip to Hawaii over a recent holiday that there would be bikinis involved. More specifically, there would be a bikini on my body, and the bodies of other women who were also at the beach. I had been working so hard to finish my semester at school, wrap up all the loose ends at work before heading off for vacation with my family, that this simple fact seemed to escape me. It might seem confusing why this is even something worth mentioning – especially since I packed my own suit, and willingly consented to going on this family trip- I’ll get into that.

Yes! You CAN Raise a Daughter Who Loves Her Body!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

If I had read the title of this post a few years ago, I would have had two reactions: ‘that’s not possible’, and ‘tell me more.’ I would have been split down the middle between believing that we exist in a world where loving our bodies as women is nearing impossibility, and wanting desperately to know that it didn’t have to be that way.

Hillary L McBride When we are struggling in life, feeling stuck, hurt, confused, or alone, we all deserve a place to talk with someone who we know will not judge or shame us, but instead who will walk alongside us and help us create change, finding our hope and strength.
Professional Affiliations

British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)
Canadian Psychological Association
American Psyhological Association
South Community Birth Program
South Hill Family Health Centre
Altus Psychological Services
Becker Burrows and Associates
University of British Columbia

Hillary L McBride, MA
Registered Clinical Counsellor
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