Eating Disorders Treatment

An eating disorder is a complex mental illness, involving relentless unhealthy thoughts and behaviours towards food, weight and body shape.

Eating Disorders affect people of all ages, weight, size, shape, gender identity, sexuality, cultural background and socioeconomic group. They have detrimental impacts on a person’s life and result in serious medical, psychiatric and psychosocial consequences.

Getting Treatment

Eating disorders are treatable.  We have community based services available for youth, families and adults. Our services provide collaborative treatment approaches guided by our clients needs.

We offer:

  • Individual therapy

  • Psychoeducational Groups

  • Group Therapy

  • Family Based Therapy

  • Nutritional Support

  • Liaison/referral to tertiary eating disorders programs

  • Collaboration with GPs/NPs

See below options for getting treatment in your community


South Island

Community Based Eating Disorder Services for South Vancouver Island Residents (youth, family, adults) are provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. 

Referral required from family doctor.

Contact telephone: 250-387-0000

Cowichan Valley

For adults

Community based Eating Disorder Services for adults with confirmed or suspected eating disorders including: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and Other Specialized Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED). 

Referrals from General Practitioners or Nurse Practitioners are accepted for those living in Shawinigan Lake, Duncan, Chemainus, Lake Cowichan, North Cowichan, Mill Bay and Ladysmith.

Email contact: EatingDisorderClinicCowichan@islandhealth.ca

Telephone: 250-732-2376

For youth

For Youth/Caregivers in the Cowichan Valley – services are provided through Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH).  No referral required to access CYMH Youth Eating Disorder Services.  

Telephone: 250-880-5351.  

Location: 161 4th Street Duncan BC

Central Island 

For adults

Community based Eating Disorder Services for Adults with confirmed or suspected eating disorders including: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and Other Specialized Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED).  

Referrals from General Practitioners or Nurse Practitioners are accepted for those living in Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Oceanside, Alberni Valley, and the West Coast.

Contact email: EatingDisorderClinicCI@islandhealth.ca    

Telephone: 250-739-5880 ext 56117

For youth

Community based Eating Disorder Services for Youth and their families with confirmed or suspected eating disorders including: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and Other Specialized Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED).  

Referrals from General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners and Pediatricians are accepted for those living in Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Oceanside, Alberni Valley, and the West Coast.

Contact email: NanaimoEDClinic@islandhealth.ca    

Telephone: 250-755-7955

North Island

For adults and youth

Community based Eating Disorder Services for Adults with confirmed or suspected eating disorders including: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), and Other Specialized Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED).  

Referrals from General Practitioners or Nurse Practitioners are accepted for those living in Comox Valley, Strathcona, and North Island

Contact information for adults

Email: EatingDisorderClinicCR@islandhealth.ca (Campbell River)

EatingDisorderClinicCV@islandhealth.ca (Comox Valley)

Telephone: 250-331-5900 ext 65325 (Comox Valley) or 250-204-0413 (Campbell River)

Contact information for youth: 

Email: EatingDisorderClinicCR@islandhealth.ca (Campbell River)

EatingDisorderClinicCV@islandhealth.ca (Comox Valley)

Telephone: 250-331-5900 ext 65321 (Comox Valley) or 250-204-0413 (Campbell River)

Supporting Family, People in Your Care and Peers

Support for Parents/Caregivers of Individuals with Eating Disorders

Peer Support for Clients with Eating Disorders

General Information on Eating Disorders Treatment

Referral Required?
Required
How to Get Referral

Ask family physician or nurse practitioner to fill out this referral form

Contact Us
Regional Coordinator, Eating Disorders Program

Can assist in locating eating disorder resources
Crystal Frost
250-519-5390 ext. 36925.
 

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