Support and Counselling for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders affect more Canadians than was once believed. Recent studies show that one in two people know someone who has, or has had, an eating disorder. These devastating mental illnesses impact not only individuals, but their families too. Our programs help individuals and families feel empowered and supported with their eating disorders as they begin rebuilding their lives. As with many other disorders, early intervention saves lives; the sooner a person with an eating disorder receives help, the better his or her chances of recovery

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and other eating disorders require skilled, specialized treatment. The Eating Disorder Support Program at Bellwood Health Services takes a transdiagnostic and supportive approach that blends Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to help individuals with eating disorders address a wide variety of symptoms and behaviours.

To accommodate various patient needs, Bellwood’s Eating Disorder Support Programs offer either residential eating disorder support or outpatient eating disorder services that include individual and group therapy for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and non-specified or undiagnosed eating disorders.

Concurrent Eating Disorder Support for Residential Patients

Studies show that individuals with eating disorders often struggle with substance use disorders and other mental illnesses, such as depression. In such cases, a concurrent eating disorder and addiction treatment program may be required to help the patient recover. Bellwood offers evidence-based support programs for eating disorders (that are concurrent with addiction) that are designed to interrupt eating disorder behaviours, improve willingness to address eating disorder behaviours, and provide skills that support change. Residential eating disorder support includes weekly eating disorder processing groups, dietary and nutritional support, regularly scheduled body-weight and other medical monitoring, as well as meal support that is tailored to each patient’s specific needs and required level of care.  

Bellwood’s Six-Week Eating Disorder Group

Bellwood’s six-week eating disorder groups are open to both residential patients and to the general public. Groups are held two evenings per week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5pm. Outpatients coming for these groups also receive one individual eating disorder counselling session per week, as well as dinner meal support on the nights that they attend the group. The group is designed to be both psychoeducational and therapeutic, incorporating aspects of Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E), Dialectical Behavioural therapy, and general health and nutrition.

Within a six-week cycle, sample group topics include an introduction to eating disorders, addressing and changing behaviours, motivational work and readiness for change, emotion regulation skills, assertiveness and interpersonal skills, food and nutrition, body image, and relapse prevention. This group is open to those with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and other eating disorders including non-specific eating disorders or undiagnosed eating disorders. Outpatients are assessed prior to their first group and are given meal plans by our Registered Dietician as part of the process.

Support and Counselling for Eating Disorders at Edgewood

Edgewood Treatment Centre also offers support programs and individual counselling for eating disorders. Please call Edgewood at 1-800-683-0111 for more information.

Further Reading

Read our article “What Are Eating Disorders?” to learn more about eating disorders.

Safety precautions against COVID-19

COVID-19 should not prevent someone from being able to receive life-saving addiction and mental health treatment. Rest assured that we are taking every step possible to protect our current patient population from contracting the infection.

Our facilities have policies and protocols in place to protect patients, including screening new patients, limiting visitors, and moving aftercare groups to online meetings.

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