EATING DISORDER TREATMENT

Family Based Treatment (FBT)

First line approach for treating eating disorders (ED) in children and adolescents. FBT focuses on empowering parents/caregivers to support their child to recovery through meal support and symptoms interruption. FBT is a three phase treatment that involves the whole family. 

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

FBT is the WHAT of treating eating disorder in young people and EFFT is the HOW. EFFT supports caregivers to develop advanced skills as they engage in efforts to support their loved ones recovery. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced

Highly individualized outpatient treatment for eating disorders in adults. Four phase therapy that involves psychoeducation, and behavioral change including normalizing eating and interrupting ED symptoms, as well as addresses concerns related to body image and perfectionism. 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Highly individual outpatient transdiagnostic treatment for eating disorder in adults. Focuses on developing adaptive coping strategies and includes modules on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal skills.

Adjunct Therapies

Motivational Enhancement (ME), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Self-Compassion are often used as an adjunct therapy to eating disorder specific treatments. 

Group Thearpy

Groups may be offered as an adjunct to therapy and are not considered replacement for treatment. 

DITCHING DIET CULTURE

Finding Food and Body Freedom

Therapy designed to support you to improve your relationship with food, body, and physical activity.

An integration of Intuitive Eating principles, clinical approaches to decreasing dieting and disordered eating behaviours, and body image focused therapies are used to support you towards food and body freedom!

In addition to therapy sessions, there will be optional workbooks, podcasts, books, and other resources to support your jounrey to becoming an intuitive eater. 

THE COUNSELLING PROCESS

Step 1: DISCOVERY CALL

During this no-obligation free call, you have the opportunity to ask questions and together we can assess if we are a good 

Step 2: DISORDERED EATING ASSESSMENT

Assessment will include gathering information about eating and exercise behaviours, development of the eating problem, and history of treatment, as well as gathering information about general mental health. For adolescents the assessment will include family/caregivers. The assessment typically takes 50-70 minutes.

Step 3: TREATMENT PLAN

Once assessment is complete, we will collaborate on treatment plan and establish treatment team. Throughout therapy the therapist will collaborate with your treatment team (eg. doctor, paediatrician, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, dietitian, school support etc.) to ensure consistency of care. 

Step 4: THERAPY

The therapeutic model, number of sessions, and duration of therapy varies depending on eating disorder symptoms, longevity of eating disorder, previous treatment, readiness for change, and concurrent mental health challenges. 

Adolescents: Family Based Treatment typically composes of 10-20 family sessions taking place over 6 months to 1 year. 

Adults: Length of therapy varies depending on ED symptoms as well as client goals of treatment. 

Ditching Diet Culture: Going from chronic dieting to food and body freedom can vary for clients, however typically takes from 5 – 15 sessions with an option for between session homework (eg. workbook, selected podcasts, and reading). 

Step 5: ENDING WELL

Therapeutic goals have been met, whether that be increased quality of life, becoming an intuitive eating, or full recovery from an eating disorders. 

Group programming may be offered as as adjunct to therapy.