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Treatment

How to Seek Treatment in Alberta

Eating Disorders are serious medical health conditions that can have life threatening consequences, but with early intervention and effective treatment, recovery is possible. This map lists publicly-funded Eating Disorder treatment centers (hearts), mental health centers (stethoscopes) and private residential treatment centers (houses).

Please scroll down for more complete information on other services available, including private psychologists and dietitians who have specialised training in eating disorders.

Public Healthcare Through Alberta Health Services

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that can have life threatening consequences. If you or your loved one is in MEDICAL DANGER, call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency department.

Alberta Health Services offers two eating disorder programs, which are free of charge. Both require a referral from a family doctor. To help facilitate effective communication with your family doctor, we recommend using our checklist to guide the conversation.

You can also search the Find a Physician site at the College of Family Physicians, by entering “Eating Disorders” in the PRACTICE INTERESTS field (right side, down a bit). You can also filter by TOWN/CITY. The colours on the left side indicate if they are: accepting patients (Green), require referrals (Yellow) or aren’t accepting patients (Red). Anyone in Alberta with a health question or concern can call HealthLink:

Toll-free: 1-866-408-5465 (LINK); Edmonton: 780-408-5465 (LINK); Calgary: 403-943-5465 (LINK)

In order to ensure that you are viewing the most current information regarding the programming at the University of Alberta Hospital, please visit their website. or this page.

Here is a copy of the program’s tri-fold brochure:

There is a description of the program here as well, which clearly states they treat many people as outpatients and day patients, in addition to the 12 patients who receive a hospital bed and are treated through the inpatient program. There is a misconception that you need to be critically ill to access treatment at the Eating Disorder Program. This is NOT true. Early intervention is preferred, especially for young people, as this has been shown to greatly improve outcomes.

NEDIC also has a page on the program which may be useful.

Description

Offers services and support for people who have anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, including:

  • supervision during and after meals
  • one-to-one and group therapy
  • nursing and psychiatric care
  • help with nutrition
  • schooling for teen clients
  • family support and therapy

This service helps people who are in the hospital, getting ready to leave the hospital, or living in the community. Clients in the hospital receive 24/7 care and clients living in the community can access treatment 24/7.

Service providers may include

​dietitians, psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, social workers, recreational therapist

Eligibility

For people 13 years or older who have dangerous eating disorder symptoms and need a high level of treatment.

Professional Referral

A referral is needed. Doctors and other professionals can fax referrals to 780-407-6672 or phone Dr. Piktel’s office at 780-407-6575. Please provide as much information as possible regarding current medical/psychiatric status, height/weight, recent lab work, and severity of current symptoms. Referrals accepted from out of zone and province.

The Calgary Eating Disorder Program uses a multi-modal, interdisciplinary team approach to provide services across the continuum of care. We believe it is imperative to work collaboratively as a team and include the patient and family in this process. In this respect, we strive to have the patient and family in control of their own treatment and give choices and options, within the boundaries of responsible care. We utilize a bio-psycho-social approach to treatment including all necessary team members to meet the needs of the patient and family. Each patient will work with a multidisciplinary team that could include members of the program staff, other hospital staff and community resources as appropriate.

Service providers include: Dietitian, Dietary Technician, Evaluation Analyst, Family Counsellor, Occupational Therapist, Pediatrician, Physician, Psychiatrist, Registered Nurses.

We respect the vast difference between people and situations and work with each patient at their stage of change, responding to their evolving needs. We believe in continuous learning and striving to improve services through evaluation and research, as well as promoting ongoing learning and education around best practices in the field.

How to get more Information

Individuals who have questions regarding accessing services can speak with a Program Consultant at (403) 955-8700.  The Program Consultant can provide consultation for individuals, families, educators and healthcare professionals on: eating disorder topics, available services, how to make a referral to the program, and general treatment recommendations.

Accessing the program

1) Physician referral required: Please fill out this Referral Form.

The doctor will also need to submit the following lab requisitions: for Female patients, and for male patients

2) Comprehensive assessment is scheduled consisting of a meeting with various members of the multi-disciplinary team. At the end of the assessment process, feedback and treatment recommendations are provided to the patient and their family.

Locations

The Eating Disorder Program is one program that is located at three different sites within the Calgary zone: Foothills Medical Centre (inpatient treatment services), Alberta Children’s Hospital (day treatment and some outpatient services), Richmond Road Diagnostic & Treatment Centre (outpatient services). The program provides treatment services to patients of all ages. Please visit the links below for more details.

NEDIC”s website also has a page with information about Calgary’s program, which may be useful.

Healthcare providers that offer Eating Disorder Services

A team approach seems to work best for the treatment of eating disorders. It is recommended that you work with your family doctor to create a cohesive treatment team. You may find this guide helpful to work with your family doctor. Private psychologists, counselors, dietitians and others may list eating disorders as one of the areas they provide service. Fees will apply with private practitioners, but some may offer a sliding scale.

There are many different approaches to treating eating disorders. Research supports that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is effective to treat bulimia and binge eating disorder. Family Based Therapy (FBT) is the preferred method to treat eating disorders in youth and children. It has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of anorexia, regardless of the age of the patient.

​Understanding the options can help you find the right therapist and start the conversation in the right place. Click on the following links to learn more.

By region

​Psychology Services

*denotes they have run groups for EDSNA.

*Amanda Slugoski, Equinox Therapeutic And Consulting Services

*Michelle Emmerling, RPsych, PhD
As well as individual therapy, Michelle offers intensive workshops for parents on becoming their child’s emotional coach to aid recovery.
​Next one: Jan 20/21

*Mona Ullah, RPsych
Email: rullah@telus.net
Phone: 780-246-6751

*Jody Lamb, RPN
Email: newchance@shaw.ca
Phone: 780 802 7093

*Nicolas Allen, MA, BPE, MES, RPsych
Specializes in treating athletes with Eating Disorders
Phone: 780-430-9224 ext 1
(note: office is located in a sports performance facility, which may be triggering for some sufferers).
email: nicallen@rivervalleyhealth.com

Dr. Joanna Bolster, RPsych
(16 yrs experience in eating disorders
8 yrs at U of A Hospital ED program)
28, 4004 – 97 Street, Edmonton, AB, T6E 6N1
Phone: 780-903-2881, Fax: 780-633-7615
Email: jbolster@shaw.ca

*Katie Poirier, RPsych
Email: Poiriercounselling@gmail.com
Phone: 780-604-6529

*Monica Hinton PhD Candidate, RSW
Specializing in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Trauma & Abuse
Phone: 587-899-2796

Mallory Becker
Email: Help@mallorybecker.com

*Agatha Beschell, RPsych
Email: doctoragatha@outlook.com
Phone: 780-318-7975
Evening and weekend appointments available

Ajay Pandhi
Phone: 780-863-6945

Michelle Buckle
MJB Psychological Services Ltd.
10042 – 116 Street, Edmonton, AB T5K 1V6
Phone: 780-757-TALK (8255)
mjbpsychological@gmail.com

Janet Caryk, M.Ed., R.Psych.
Centre for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Registered Psychologist
#201, 10059-118 Street NW. Edmonton. AB. T5K 0B9
Email: jcaryk@interbaun.com
Phone: 780-455-8133

Wendy Salvisberg, M.Sc., R.Psych.(Prov.)
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Centre for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
#201, 10059-118 Street NW. Edmonton. AB. T5K 0B9
Phone: 780.455.8181, voicemail inbox 2 (office)
Email: wsalvisbergccbt@gmail.com
facebook.com/CFCBTEdmonton

Dr. Tamara D. Hanoski, R.Psych

Kathy Rolfe
Phone: 780-937-8109

Beth Murray, RPysch
Fresh Hope Counselling
17321 – 108 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: 780.487.3456
Toll Free: 1.866.801.5118
Fax: 1.877.389.6719
Email: info@freshhope.ca

Registered Dietitians

Melanie Jaques, RD
Phone: 780-722-6124
Email: melaniejaquesrd@gmail.com

Erin Nesbitt, RD and Intuitive Eating Certified Counsellor
Email: connect@erinnesbittrd.com​

Angela Wong, BSc, RD
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

Edmonton West Primary Care Network
Suite 124 Meadowlark Health and Shopping Centre
156 Street & 87 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5R 5W9
Phone: 780.443.7496 | Fax: 780.481.9149

NOTE: if you are referred to Angela by a Edmonton West PCN Network doctor, her service is covered by Alberta Health. (i.e. publicly-funded)

Family Doctors

Dr. Joan Johnston, MD
(Note: Her practice is limited to only eating disorders)
Address: 10665 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S9
Phone: 780.423.5508

When entering “eating disorders” in area of interest in the College of Family Physicians Find a Physician database, these names also appear:

Dr. Carol Kostynuk, (Psychiatry- referral needed)
147 Laurier Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Phone: 780-482-6129

Dr. Michael John Orth, ​
4210 48 ST, LEDUC COMMUNITY HOSPITAL,
Leduc, Alberta
Phone: ​780-986-7711

If you know of other family doctors in the Edmonton region who have experience with eating disorders, please let us know.

​Psychology Services

Adele Fox & Associates  Email: adele@adelefox.com  Phone: 403-809-7809

Angela Grace, Heart Centered Counsellin   Email: dr.angela.grace@gmail.com Angela also runs a number of groups, including The Body Project Feb 2018 and Yoga for ED Recovery 2018

Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R.Psych.  Suite 501, 1550 8th St. S Calgary, AB T2R 1K1
Phone (office): 403-229-0090 Phone (cell): 403-630-7270  Fax: 403-245-0090

Healing Minds Psychology   Debra Johnson, Registered Psychologist  Email: debra@healingmindspsychology.ca  Phone: 403-460-4697

Selah Psychology Shannon Foster, RPsych, worked for Calgary Eating Disorder Unit now in private practice, experience working with individuals and their families struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and ARFID.

Carol Fredrek, MA, R.Psych   FREE 15 minute phone consultation  Discovery Ridge SW  Phone: 403.249-9337  Email: cfredrek@healingmatters.ca

Calgary Counselling Centre   Eating Disorder group programming sessions

InnerSolutions Inc.   Inner Solutions provides psychotherapy and education services to individuals, groups and families.
Phone: 403-301-3399

Diane Anderson, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor  Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
Phone: 778.292.0260  Email: diane@dianeandersoncounselling.com

Jen Eld, Looking Glass Counselling

Joanna Jewell  Jewell Counselling   Email: joannajewell@gmail.com

Juno House  Specializing in adolescents and young women up to age 25 years

Sara Jungen-Menla & Willow Brocke  Menla Psychological Counselling Ltd.  Email: menlacounselling@gmail.com  Phone: 403-228-2425

Brenda Parkinson  Email: brendaparkinson@shaw.ca  Phone: 403.465.2253

Keri Sullivan  Email: kerisullivan007@hotmail.com  Phone: 403-828-5511

Ashley Wanamaker http://heartbodymind8974.setmore.com 403-383-5039 ashleywanamaker@gmail.com

Ashley Pettigrew, MC, R.Psych at Supporting Wellness in South Calgary
apettigrew@supportingwellness.com  403-969-9136

Registered Dietitians

Health Stand Nutrition

Jessica Begg, Registered Dietitian
Phone: 403-862-6197

Grace Wong RD MSc CEDRD-S
Grace is a certified eating disorder registered dietitian and an approved supervisor recognized by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.  She provides care for all feeding and eating disorders diagnoses (including AN, BN, BED and ARFID) and other mental health conditions (e.g. anxiety, depression, ASD, ADHD etc).
Phone: 403.771.4233
Email: gracewongrd@gmail.com

Jana Spindler, RD
Registered Dietitian
InnerSolutions Inc
Email: dietetics@innersolutions.ca
Phone: 587-225-8581

Sarah Higgins, RD
​Registered Dietitian
Email: ​fednutritionconsulting@gmail.com
Phone: 403-796-8345

Vincci Tsui

Registered dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor specializing in adults struggling with chronic dieting, disordered eating, and eating disorders.

If you know of other dietitians in the Calgary region who have experience with eating disorders, please let us know by emailing info@EDSNA.ca.

Residents of northern Alberta can contact the Eating Disorder Specialist at 780-342-2383 for services in your area.

Nutritional counseling services are often available through local primary care networks (PCN) You can find your PCN through this website. Looking for a doctor who has experience in eating disorders? You can search the Find a Physician site at the College of Family Physicians, by entering “Eating Disorders” in the PRACTICE INTERESTS field (right side, down a bit). You can also filter by TOWN/CITY. The colours on the left side indicate if they are: accepting patients (Green), require referrals (Yellow) or aren’t accepting patients (Red). ​

Theravive is a website that helps people find therapists. Each therapist writes a short bio, listing the areas they treat. You can see who offers eating disorder therapy in Alberta, and search by city/town. Be sure to ask specific questions about their expertise in eating disorders and whether they follow best practices as therapy approaches made widely vary. ​

​Cold Lake

Eating Disorder Services – Cold Lake Healthcare Centre (AHS)
Offers services for individuals/families and health care providers including education, resources, individualized support consultations, and assistance with referrals to appropriate services. Counselling is completed in collaboration with other health care providers. Workshops and in-services are available.

Location: Cold Lake Healthcare Centre
Suite 208, 314 25 Street
Cold Lake, Alberta
T9M 1G6
Phone: 780-342-2383

Whitecourt

Eating Disorder Services
Whitecourt Healthcare Centre
Public Health Centre
20 Sunset Boulevard
Whitecourt, Alberta
T7S 1M8
Phone: 780-342-2383

Grande Prairie

Eating Disorder Services: Alberta Health Services; North Zone.
Provides services for individuals and health care providers related to eating disorders. Offers services for individuals/families and health care providers including education, resources, individualized support, consultations, and assistance with referrals to appropriate services. Counselling is completed in collaboration with other health care providers. Workshops and in-services are available.

10014 99 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta
T8V 3N4
Phone: 780-342-2383

Primary Care Network Grand Prairie
203-10134 97 Ave
Grande Prairie, Alberta
T8V 7X6
Phone: (780) 539-9204
NOTE: Unable to provide services yet, however a dietician is currently receiving training and they hope to implement a program soon.

​Canadian Mental Health Association
Address: 9713 100 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB
Phone: (780) 814-2349

Fort McMurray

Support Groups for Overeaters
Service offers opportunity for individuals to recover from compulsive eating through shared experiences, strength and hope support to other compulsive overeaters using a twelve-step format to abstain from overeating face to face meetings telephone and on-line meetings available every day of the year
Phone: 403-691-1030

If you know of other family doctors in the Edmonton region who have experience with eating disorders, please let us know.

Residents of central Alberta can contact the Disordered Eating – Child and Adolescent Services at 403-340-5411 for services in your area. Nutritional counselling services are often available through local primary care networks (PCN) You can find your PCN through this website. Looking for a doctor who has experience in eating disorders? You can search the Find a Physician site at the College of Family Physicians, by entering “Eating Disorders” in the PRACTICE INTERESTS field (right side, down a bit). You can also filter by TOWN/CITY. The colours on the left side indicate if they are: accepting patients (Green), require referrals (Yellow) or aren’t accepting patients (Red).

Theravive is a website that helps people find therapists. Each therapist writes a short bio, listing the areas they treat. You can see who offers eating disorder therapy in Alberta, and search by city/town on the page. Be sure to ask specific questions about their expertise in eating disorders and whether they follow best practices as therapy approaches made widely vary. ​

​Banff

Support Works offers support groups on Thursday evenings. This isn’t a support group specific to eating disorders, but rather an open group for people experiencing a variety of mental health issues or illnesses (anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD. Call: 403-305-4465.

Camrose

​Camrose Primary Care Network
Serving: Camrose, Bashaw, Tofield, Daysland, Killam, Forestburg, Hardisty
Phone: 780-608-4927

St. Mary’s Hospital

4607 53 Street
Camrose, Alberta
T4V 1Y5
Phone: 780-679-6131

Dr. Singh, Psychiatrist
Chelcie Zimmer, Psychologist
Shelly Dalueg, Mental Health Worker
Angela Badry, Mental Health Worker

​Edson

Eating Disorder Services – Edson Provincial Building (AHS)

Offers services for individuals/families and health care providers including education, resources, individualized support, consultations assistance with referrals to appropriate services. Counselling is completed in collaboration with other health care providers. Workshops and in-services are available.

Edson Provincial Building
Suite 100
111 54 Street
Edson, Alberta
T7E 1T2
Phone: 780-342-2383

Lloydminster

Lloydminster Primary Care Network

Serving City of Lloydminster and surrounding area, including Blackfoot, Kitscoty, Onion Lake (SK), Marshall (SK), Lashburn (SK), Maidstone (SK) and Turtleford (SK).
Phone: 780-874-0490

Jennifer Beattie (Psychologist, MSc, MTS.)

Bulimia and Binge eating disorder
Triune Systems Inc.
6209 – 44th Street
Suite C, Yellowhead Business Centre
Lloydminster, Alberta Canada T9V 1V8
Phone: (780) 874-0335
Email: jennifer@triunesystems.ca

Velma Johnson

Freedom Counselling
#205 5101 48 Street
Lloydminster, AB
T9V 0H9
Phone: 780-875-6311

Red Deer

Sara Kreklewich (OT, Eating Disorder Consultant for Central Alberta)

Eating Disorder Consultant for Central Alberta

Kreklewich Consulting

Phone: 403-704-9459

Patty Rempel, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, BSW, RSW

Email: Prempel01@gmail.com
Phone: 403-597-05546

Sharon Vanin (Registered Dietitian)

Email: vansha@telusplanet.net

Joe Johnson, (Registered Psychologist)

Blue Bonnet Psychology
Email: info@bluebonnetpsychology.com
Phone: 403-392-9426

Jennifer Bartlett (M.Ed, R.Psych)

Phone: (587) 602-1505
Email: jennifer@redtreepsychology.com
Clinician Profile as seen in “Psychology Today”

​Canmore

The Canmore Hospital offers walk in counselling, 7 days a week from 2-9 PM. The address is 1100 Hospital Place. You just go to the front desk and let them know you would like to speak to a mental health worker. Phone: 403-678-5536.

The Canmore Mental Health Office has a couple of therapists on staff who have some experience in eating disorders. They are located at 302- 800 Railway Avenue. Phone: 403-678-4696.

The Canmore Public Health Clinic has a dietician on staff who has experience with eating disorders. Her name is Monique Chambefort. Phone: 403- 678-5656. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to see her.

Support Works offers support groups in Banff (about 20 minutes away), Thursday evenings. Phone: 403-305-4465. This isn’t a support group specific to eating disorders, but rather an open group for people experiencing a variety of mental health issues or illnesses (anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD).

Here are some names of private psychologists who list eating disorders as part of their practice. It’s a good idea to make some inquiries about approach, years of experience in eating disorders, etc. These professionals will all charge a fee.

Jasper

Eating Disorder Services – Seton – Jasper Healthcare Centre (ASH)

Offers services for individuals/families and health care providers including education, resources, individualized support, consultations, and assistance with referrals to appropriate services. Counselling is completed in collaboration with other health care providers. Workshops and in-services are available.

Seton – Jasper Healthcare Centre
PO BOX 310
518 Robson Street
Jasper, Alberta
T0E 1E0
Phone: 780-342-2383

If you know of other family doctors in the Central Alberta region who have experience with eating disorders, please let us know.

Nutritional counseling services are often available through local primary care networks (PCN) You can find your PCN through this website. Looking for a doctor who has experience in eating disorders? You can search the Find a Physician site at the College of Family Physicians, by entering “Eating Disorders” in the PRACTICE INTERESTS field (right side, down a bit). You can also filter by TOWN/CITY. The colours on the left side indicate if they are: accepting patients (Green), require referrals (Yellow) or aren’t accepting patients (Red). ​

Theravive is a website that helps people find therapists. Each therapist writes a short bio, listing the areas they treat. You can see who offers eating disorder therapy in Alberta, and search by city/town on the page. Be sure to ask specific questions about their expertise in eating disorders and whether they follow best practices as therapy approaches made widely vary. ​

​Medicine Hat

Palliser Primary Care Network
Serving Bassano, Bow Island, Brooks, Medicine Hat, Oyen and surrounding areas.
Phone: 403-580-3825

Community Mental Health Service
Medicine Hat Provincial Building
346 3 Street SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta
T1A 0G7
Phone: 403-529-3500

Violet C. Pergel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, RFM, RPC-A, C. Specializes in ED.
140 Maple Ave SE, Suite 201A
Medicine Hat, Alberta
T1A 8C1
Phone: (403) 580-6990

Dr. Linda Hancock
​Psychologist, BA, BSW, MEd, PSYD. Specializes in ED.
108, 430-6th Ave SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta
T1A 2S8
Phone: (403) 529-6877

Lethbridge

Chinook Primary Care Network
Serving Lethbridge, Coaldale, Cardston, Crowsnest Pass, Fort MacLeod, Magrath, Raymond, Standoff, Milk River, Taber, Vauxhall, Picture Butte, Pincher Creek and surrounding areas.
Phone: (403) 388-6510

Chinook Regional Hospital
960 19 Street S
Lethbridge, Alberta
T1J 1W5
Phone: 403-388-6111

Sandra Annis Counselling, Psychologist
1715 9 Ave South
Lethbridge, Alberta Canada T1J 1W4
Phone: (403) 328-1544

Heather Ponech
Registered Psychologist
1715 9 Ave. S
Lethbridge, AB
Phone: (403) 393-6124

If you know of other family doctors in the Southern Alberta region who have experience with eating disorders, please let us know.

Theravive is a website that helps people find therapists. Each therapist writes a short bio, listing the areas they treat. You can see who offers eating disorder therapy in Alberta, and search by city/town. Please note: Be sure to ask specific questions about their expertise in eating disorders and whether they follow best practices as therapy approaches made widely vary.

Residential Treatment Centers

Residential treatment for eating disorders provides a treatment option with a high level of support and supervision. One of the positive things about being at a treatment center is that all of the treatment team members typically meet and talk on a frequent basis with each other and are all on the same page, working towards the same treatment goals. Clients often enter residential treatment for 30 days to 12 months or longer. During treatment, clients receive individual therapy, supported meals, group therapy, nutritional counseling, and education. Residential treatment centers also often have some type of family therapy component as well. This may utilize telephone or distance counseling sessions. Residential centers are also able to offer unique opportunities such as supported outings to restaurants and therapies such as art therapy.  Often individuals are required to be ‘medically stable’ prior to admission. Each treatment center maintains its own standards as to what a person’s physical state (weight, blood pressure, etc.) must be in order for them to accept the person as a patient.

Surrey, B.C.
Mercy Canada is voluntary, Christ-centered, and completely free of charge to young women ages 19 to 28 who are facing life-controlling issues including addictions, self-harm, depression, physical and sexual abuse, unplanned pregnancies, and eating disorders. The average stay is six to nine months and is designed to address the whole person – spirit, soul, and body. The program includes residential care, individual and group counselling, nutritional education, fitness training, educational preparation, biblical teaching, and transitional planning.

WESTWIND COUNSELLING AND EATING DISORDER RECOVERY CENTRE

Brandon, Manitoba

As Canada’s first private eating disorder treatment centre, Westwind’s residential program provides a safe and unique treatment experience for women ready and willing to work on change and seeking full recovery from their eating disorder.  Our well-developed program is available for women from around the world, and is delivered by our professional and experienced care team in a supportive home-like environment.   Treatment plans are individualized and developed collaboratively with each client and include staff supported meal times, daily one-on-one counselling sessions, one-on-one sessions with our registered dietitians, and three daily therapy groups.  Our aim is to help our clients address the factors that are maintaining the eating disorder in their life, and help them develop skills to maintain recovery outside of treatment.  In addition to our residential recovery centre, Westwind also offers an online treatment program.  Westwind is committed to promoting mindful eating, body acceptance and emotional wellness to women and men around the world!

To learn more, visit: www.westwind.mb.ca

Or call: Valarie Bittner MA CPC, Director, 888.353.3372

Vancouver, B.C.
The Looking Glass Residence is a residential treatment facility for young men and women, aged 17 to 24, who are suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, and other eating disorders. 24/7 care and support is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of medical and mental health professionals who offer an intensive 12-week program of structured therapy in a caring, home-like setting. These include individual, group, and family therapy; meal support and nutrition; as well as medical and psychiatric treatment. During their stay, residents also engage in a variety of guided recreation, arts, and leisure activities that encourage self-awareness, a sense of connection, and the life skills and confidence to live a life without an eating disorder. It’s a place that offers the tools and support they need to challenge the power of their illness and break through emotional barriers without relying on eating disordered behaviours to cope. Looking Glass Residence is currently not accepting out-of-province patients, due to a change in their funding structure.

Milden, Saskatchewan
BridgePoint is a provincially-approved residential program in Milden, Saskatchewan. The retreat atmosphere offers peace, quiet, privacy and simplicity. Services are available to women,men, youths and their families. The program provides a team-based approach with an emphasis on group learning experiences. Weekend retreats take place throughout the year (Thurs- Sat) and are FREE. Upcoming dates for retreats in 2016-2017 are:

October 20-23
December 8-11
February 23-26
April 6-9
May 11-14

Please note: participants must attend a weekend retreat prior to attending a longer format module.

The residential treatment facilities listed are located in Western Canada. There are many facilities in Eastern Canada, particularly Ontario. There are also many facilities throughout the United States. The treatment periods can be lengthy and there is generally no government funding for these types of programs so the costs can be considerable.

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