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.

  • 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

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):

B.C. Children’s Hospital (Vancouver):

  • An outpatient clinic, 6-space day-treatment program, 14-bed intensive inpatient unit.

  • Phone: 604-875-2200.

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


Private Addiction Treatment Centres on Vancouver Island

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 1-866-716-2006.

Edgewood Treatment Centre (Nanaimo):

  • Edgewood is a premier, private residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment centre specializing in the treatment of addiction and mental health.

  • phone: 1-866-947-5911

  • e-mail: info@edgewood.ca


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.

Low-Cost Counselling Options (see comprehensive list here):

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

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.

Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching:


PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

PEER SUPPORT GROUPS FOR EATING DISORDERS & OTHER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES (VANCOUVER ISLAND)

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

Eating Disorders Anonymous

  • “Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders.

    People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder.

    In EDA, we help one another identify and claim milestones of recovery.

    The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from an eating disorder. There are no dues or fees for EDA membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions.

    EDA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. EDA does not wish to engage in any controversy. We neither endorse nor oppose any causes.

    Our primary purpose is to recover from our eating disorders and to carry this message of recovery to others with eating disorders.

    In EDA, we try to focus on the solution, not the problem. Solutions have to do with recognizing life choices and making them responsibly. Diets and weight management techniques do not solve our thinking problems. EDA endorses sound nutrition and discourages any form of rigidity around food.

    Balance – not abstinence – is our goal.

    In EDA, recovery means living without obsessing on food, weight and body image. In our eating disorders, we sometimes felt like helpless victims. Recovery means gaining or regaining the power to see our options, to make careful choices in our lives. Recovery means rebuilding trust with ourselves, a gradual process that requires much motivation and support. As we learn and practice careful self-honesty, self-care and self-expression, we gain authenticity, perspective, peace and empowerment.”

  • Victoria meetings held Thursdays at 5:30 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre (527 Fraser St.), Duncan meetings held Mondays at 7:30 at the Alano Club (107 Evans St.), Nanaimo meetings held Sundays at 11:00 (2217 Meredith Road) and Tuesdays at 7:00 (Blossom Place). See website (linked above) for more details.

Anorexics & Bulimics Anonymous (ABA) Victoria

  • 12 step approach to recovery

  • Meets every Saturday from 1100-1200

  • Contact 250-580-5224 for more details

B.C. Schizophrenia Society (Victoria branch) offers support for anyone (families, partners, & individuals struggling with ANY mental health issue.)

Looking Glass Foundation online peer support, hand-in-hand, and individual support services.


Resources & Information for Parents & Caregivers

RESOURCES & INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS

  • Kelty Mental Health - information & resources for parents.

  • B.C. Children’s Hospital - information & resources for parents.

  • Looking Glass - general information & resources.

  • South Island Eating Disorder Program group for parents and caregivers. Contact 250-370-0000

  • VIVED - A Message for Supporters video.

    • With the help of Robin Unwin Media, we were able to create a short video that provides a brief overview of supporting loved ones in recovery.

  • BCSS support groups for parents & caregivers:

    • List of various Victoria & area groups


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 Liberation Book Club by Stacey Maria

  • Bi-weekly meetings (Victoria) & online discussions

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

  • Foundry Victoria offers a range of wellness services for young people ages 12-24, including physical and mental health care, substance use supports, social services and peer support. Not sure what service or support you need? Just come in and talk with someone! We’ll work with you to determine what might be most helpful for your wellness needs.

    Services we offer include: health care, sexual health, peer support, mental health support and counselling, substance abuse support and counselling, outreach, harm reduction, trans care, income assistance support, navigation support

  • phone: 250-383-3552

  • e-mail: office@foundryvictoria.ca

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.

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

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.

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).

Body Brave Canada (Ontario)

  • Offer groups, workshops (online & in-person), professional eduation & training, as well as community events.

Sheena’s Place (Ontario)

  • “At Sheena’s Place, we offer hope and support to anyone 17+ affected by an eating disorder, as well as their families and friends, by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services, completely free of charge. We are committed to inspiring hope, reducing stigma, raising awareness and offering meaningful help and information at all stages of recovery.

    You do not need a referral to join our groups. And we will always respect your need and desire for confidentiality.

    Located in downtown Toronto, Sheena’s Place is a non-­institutional, non-­residential centre where people with similar issues and concerns come together in groups to share experiences, thoughts and feelings and to learn coping strategies. We offer groups for diverse individuals across the life span facing different mental health and disordered-eating challenges, as well as groups for families, friends and partners of those with eating disorders. If you are just getting started and would like help choosing the best support groups to suit your needs, please give us a call or consider booking an introductory information session.”

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