Treatment Options & Resources

PUBLIC & PRIVATE TREATMENT OPTIONS/RESOURCES FOR EATING DISORDERS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND & THE LOWER MAINLAND

Island Health (North, Central, & South Island) ED Services Information package. Further details on services in each region are described below.

South Island Eating Disorders Program (EDP) on Jutland Road:

  • Multidisciplinary community mental health team committed to collaboration with youth, adults and families, focusing on resilience and strength.

  • Program serves children, youth and adults struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Other Specified Eating Disorders.

  • Provides consultation, intake (Tuesdays and Thursdays), assessment, and treatment. Individual, family therapy, family based treatment (modified Maudsley), nutritional counselling and psychiatric consultation. Variety of group therapies including "Connect the Dots" for bulimia and binge eating and RO-DBT skills class for over-controlled eating disorders, nutrition, body image and other mental health groups shared with other CYMH teams.

  • Liaison with family physicians and professionals. Service and collaboration across the care continuum when client requires hospital admission.

  • 8 week psycho-education group on Wednesday evenings for family and significant others offered four times through-out the year; monthly family support groups. 

  • Treatment selected is based on consultation with the client, family and team and within the available resources.

  • Resource sheet (other community groups)

  • Location: Eating Disorders Program, South Vancouver Island
    #302 – 2955 Jutland Rd.
    Victoria, BC

  • Contact: Phone: 250 -387-0000
    Fax: 250- 387-0002

Cowichan Valley:

  • Outpatient dietitian through Cowichan District Hospital. Referral required by GP. Phone 250-737-2000 ext. 44213

  • Canadian Mental Health Association Disordered Eating Program (ages 12-18). Open referral. Phone 250-746-5521 ext. 117

  • Eating disorder telehealth psychiatrist. Referral by GP required. Fax: 1-250-370-8199

  • Individual counselling, psychiatry, & groups. Open referral except for psychiatric consult which requires a referral by a GP. Phone 250-709-3040

Nanaimo/Port Alberni:

  • Nanaimo Pediatric Eating Disorder Support group (<17 years & families). Referral from GP required. Phone 250-739-5855

  • NARSF Programs LTD. Eating Disorder Program (<19 years & families). Open referral. Phone 250-754-2773 ext. 213

  • Eating disorder telehealth psychiatrist. Referral by GP required. Fax: 1-250-370-8199

  • Outpatient dietitian. Referral by GP required. Phone 250-739-5854

  • Individual therapy, short term assessment & treatment team (ASTAT). Referral through intake, crisis counselling, GP, or psychiatrist required. Phone 250-795-7910

  • Nanaimo Crisis Counselling Clinic. Walk-in single session therapy. Walk-in, no appointment or referral required. Phone 250-739-5710

Comox Valley:

  • Adolescent day therapy program (ages 14-19). Open referral. Phone 250-331-5900 ext. 65321

  • Eating disorder telehealth psychiatrist. Referral by GP required. Fax: 1-250-370-8199

Campbell River (North Island Eating Disorder Program):

  • Outpatient dietitian. Open referral. 250-286-7151

  • Eating disorder telehealth psychiatrist. Referral by GP required. Fax: 1-250-370-8199

  • Individual group & family therapy. Referral from GP or psychiatrist required. Fax 1-250-370-8199

Mt Waddington:

  • Community dietitian. Open referral. Phone 250-902-6071

  • Child & youth mental health (<19 years & families). Open referral. Phone 250-949-8011

  • Mental health & substance use (MHSU). Open referral. Drop-in counselling with or without appointment 1-2:30 M-F. Phone 250-902-6051

Island Health "Craving Change" Workshop (Comox Valley):

  • Set of 5 small group workshops (2 hours each) focused on teaching people skills for identifying their internal cues or triggers for emotional eating and helps develop strategies for overcoming it. The workshop does not include recommendations about what to eat, when to eat or how much to eat, nor is it a diet or weight loss program. The focus of the program is to help people examine "why" they eat the way they do. Participants learn self-awareness skills and strategies that promote health change. A take-home workbook is provided.

  • Call to register 250-331-8502

Pacific Therapy & Consultation (Private Treatment Option in the Comox Valley):

  • "Pacific Therapy & Consulting Inc. was established in 1999 by a group of Registered Clinical Counsellors who wanted to develop a group practice focused on providing high quality, responsive clinical counselling services in the Comox Valley. All of our therapists are committed to providing quality therapeutic services focused on our client's needs. Each of our therapists brings a different background and approach to their practice. We encourage all new clients to meet with a few counsellors for a FREE 15 minute consultation to determine which of our counsellors may be the best fit for you."

  • Offer several different groups including an eating disorder and body image support group.

  • Call 250-338-2700 for more information.

Regional Inpatient Eating Disorder Service:

  • 2 designated beds at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for symptom-interruption hospital admissions. Integrated service with local treatment providers.

  • Referral from health care professional or GP Faxed to: 250-519-1652

Regional Eating Disorder Liaison:

  • Can assist in locating eating disorder resources across Vancouver Island

  • Phone: 250-519-7700 ext 17117

  • E-mail: Crystal.Frost@viha.ca

The Looking Glass Foundation (in Vancouver):

St. Paul's Hospital & Vista/Discovery (in Vancouver):

Cedars at Cobble Hill (Private Treatment Option for in Cobble Hill):

  • Specializes in addictions, but also offers residential treatment options for eating disorders, and other mental health issues.

  • Call for free consultation and cost assessment at 844-425-7245.

Blossom Place (Private Treatment Option for Eating Disorders in Nanaimo):

  • “Here at Blossom Place we are working to reduce shame and stigma in the community surrounding eating disorders. We provide support for anyone struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, and/or body image. Blossom Place is here to provide support in the early stages of recovery and teach the tools much needed for independent healthy living. With hands on support, weekly clinical family support groups, and weekly EDA groups we have created a safe place where no one is alone and recovery is possible.”

  • Contact Deanna@blossomplace.ca or call 250-816-3117

Eat, Breathe, Thrive (Victoria):

  • May 16 - June 20, Thursdays 5:30-7:30 PM, Crystal Pool (2275 Quadra St.)

  • Cost - $460 per person.

  • This is a live 6-week program led by Tracey Cook and Laurie Moniz. Join a dynamic community and explore how yoga can help you eat mindfully, build emotional resilience, and feel better in the skin you’re in.

  • Contact ThriveTribeVictoria@gmail.com


Local Eating Disorder Therapists & Recovery Coaches

EATING DISORDER THERAPISTS & RECOVERY COACHES (ONLINE & IN-PERSON)

Recommended Therapists (Familiar with Eating Disorders):

The BC Association of Counsellors (BCACC):

Provides a list of registered counsellors in BC. Specific search terms can be applied in order to seek out a counsellor who best fits your needs.

Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching:


Other mental health supports

OTHER (LOCAL, PROVINCIAL, NATIONAL, & GLOBAL) MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

Island Health Mental Health Outpatient Resources:

  • Island Health website

  • Centralized Access & Rapid Engagement Service (CARES) - provides screening, assessment, treatment recommendations and referrals to Island Health Mental Health and Substance Use and external community programs in the Victoria area. The intake team includes professionals with backgrounds in social work, nursing, substance use treatment and psychology, with psychiatrist support to make referral decisions. See their brochure here and there referral form here (GP involvement required). Contact them at 250-519-3485 for more information.

Body Positive Book Club by Stacey Maria

  • Bi-weekly meetings (Victoria) & online discussions

Victoria Eating Disorder Peer Support Group

  • Offer weekly, in-person peer support (every Monday from 6:30-8:00 PM, room C701 (in the Patience Care Centre) at the Royal Jubilee Hospital

Anorexics & Bulimics Anonymous (ABA) Victoria

  • 12 step approach to recovery

  • Meets every Saturday from 1100-1200

  • Contact 250-580-5224 for more details

Foundry Victoria offers various supports to youth up to age 24.

Crisis Lines & Interventions:

  • Youthspace is a place for any youth across Canada, under 30, that is experiencing any sort of crisis to come and talk. We are open every day between 6pm and midnight Pacific Standard Time!

  • Vancouver Island Crisis Line is available 24/7. Call 1-888-494-3888. Text available from 6-10 PM nightly at 250-800-3806. You can also chat online with a trained volunteer (6-10 PM nightly at www.viccrisis.ca).

  • Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team (IMCRT) - 1 PM - midnight, 7 days a week. Referral required either directly through a physician or via a crisis line.

  • Provincial list of crisis lines (B.C.)

  • B.C. Mental Health Support Line 310-6789 (available 24/7).

Psychology Today list of private treatment options for addictions and related mental health issues.

Citizen's Counselling offers affordable and accessible services in Victoria.

South Island (income-based) Counselling.

Homewood Health (Vancouver)

  • Private counselling and residential treatment options for individuals struggling with substance use, mood disorders, trauma, and anxiety disorders.

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House offers counselling services and crisis intervention.

Men’s Trauma Centre offers support to those who identify as male, either with recent or a history of trauma.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre offers information and support.

CBT Skills Group (Victoria Division of Family Practice):

  • The Victoria and South Island Divisions of Family Practice, in collaboration with Shared Care, are offering a free eight-week Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills Groups for adult patients (17.5-75 years old) who want to learn practical tools to improve their mental health. The CBT Skills Group program is a transdiagnostic course that integrates basic neuroscience teaching with introductory mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy skills and concepts. Patients learn practical tools to recognize, understand and manage patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving. They learn to be conscious of their choices as they respond to life stressors, and explore options for living a fuller, richer life, more aligned with what they value most. The group is part of a project that fosters collaboration between family medicine and psychiatry, and enables people to access an intervention covered by MSP.

  • Referral by GP is required.

Community Art of Living Mindfully (CALM) Group offered through the B.C. Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM).

  • Free 8 week mindfulness/meditation group

  • Covered by MSP

  • Referral by GP required

B.C. Schizophrenia Society (Victoria branch) offers support for schizophrenia sufferers as well as some broader mental health supports.

  • List of various Victoria & area self-help groups put together by BCSS

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC). helpline can be reached at 1-866-NEDIC-20 (1-866-633-4220) outside of the GTA, or at 416-340-4156, Monday to Friday from 9 AM - 9 PM EST. Trained support workers can offer information, referrals to professionals across Canada, resources, and hope. 

Umbrella Society specializes in substance use issues.

University of Victoria Psychology Clinic offers sliding scale and flat rate therapy services.

Anxiety B.C.

She Recovers Foundation

  • They offer recovery resources, retreats, and yoga for individuals recovering from eating disorders, substance use, and more.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

Moodgym (online resource):

  • Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practice skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

  • Membership cost - $39 AUD/year

Recommended Apps:

  • Recovery Record

  • Insight Timer

  • CALM

  • Headspace


Recovery-oriented & body positive social media accounts

Christy Harrison's FoodPsych podcast

Recovery advocate Jen Brett's YouTube

Body positive advocate Megan Jayne Crabbe's YouTube and instagram