Residential Treatment Centres

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.

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.

BridgePoint Center for Eating Disorders

(Milden, Saskatchewan)

Phone: 306 . 935 . 2240
General Email:
Board Email:


BridgePoint is a provincially-approved residential program in Milden, Saskatchewan. The retreat atmosphere offers peace, quiet, simplicity, and a holistic approach to recovery. Services are available to women,men, youths and their families through a series of modules and specialized programs. This facility provides a team-based approach with an emphasis on group learning experiences.

Weekend Orientation Retreats take place throughout the year, with participants arriving at the facility for 6pm Thursday, and leaving mid-afternoon on Sunday. These  are FREE.

Criteria for admission to weekend Orientation retreats is as follows:

  • Completion of all forms, including written and/or verbal consent from Bridgepoint team
  • Participant is medically and psychiatrically stable
  • Participant is able to participate in -and benefit from- a holistic, group-based recovery program

Participants must attend a weekend Orientation retreat prior to attending a longer format module.

*Participants are able to self-refer for retreats, however support from -and relationship with- a doctor and counsellor are required for Modules 1, 2 and any specialized programs

All information is subject to change without notice – please refer to Bridgepoint’s website for up-to-date information


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:

Or call: Valarie Bittner MA CPC, Director, 888.353.3372

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.