Treatment Options & Resources

Eating Disorder & Mental Health Supports on Vancouver Island and the Mainland

Island Health Mental Health Outpatient Resources:

South Island Eating Disorders Program (EDP) on Jutland Road:

  • Multidisciplinary community mental health team committed to collaboration with youth, adults and families, focusing on resilience and strength.

  • Program serves children, youth and adults struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Other Specified Eating Disorders.

  • Provides consultation, intake (Tuesdays and Thursdays), assessment, and treatment. Individual, family therapy, family based treatment (modified Maudsley), nutritional counselling and psychiatric consultation. Variety of group therapies including "Connect the Dots" for bulimia and binge eating and RO-DBT skills class for over-controlled eating disorders, nutrition, body image and other mental health groups shared with other CYMH teams.

  • Liaison with family physicians and professionals. Service and collaboration across the care continuum when client requires hospital admission.

  • 8 week psycho-education group on Wednesday evenings for family and significant others offered four times through-out the year; monthly family support groups. 

  • Treatment selected is based on consultation with the client, family and team and within the available resources.

  • Resource sheet (other community groups)

  • Location: Eating Disorders Program, South Vancouver Island
    #302 – 2955 Jutland Rd.
    Victoria, BC

  • Contact: Phone: 250 -387-0000
    Fax: 250- 387-0002

Island Health "Craving Change" Workshop (Comox Valley):

  • Set of 5 small group workshops (2 hours each) focused on teaching people skills for identifying their internal cues or triggers for emotional eating and helps develop strategies for overcoming it. The workshop does not include recommendations about what to eat, when to eat or how much to eat, nor is it a diet or weight loss program. The focus of the program is to help people examine "why" they eat the way they do. Participants learn self-awareness skills and strategies that promote health change. A take-home workbook is provided.

  • Call to register 250-331-8502

Pacific Therapy & Consultation (Comox Valley):

  • "Pacific Therapy & Consulting Inc. was established in 1999 by a group of Registered Clinical Counsellors who wanted to develop a group practice focused on providing high quality, responsive clinical counselling services in the Comox Valley. All of our therapists are committed to providing quality therapeutic services focused on our client's needs. Each of our therapists brings a different background and approach to their practice. We encourage all new clients to meet with a few counsellors for a FREE 15 minute consultation to determine which of our counsellors may be the best fit for you."

  • Offer several different groups including an eating disorder and body image support group.

  • Call 250-338-2700 for more information.

Regional Inpatient Eating Disorder Service:

  • 2 designated beds at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for symptom-interruption hospital admissions. Integrated service with local treatment providers.

  • Referral from health care professional or GP Faxed to: 250-519-1652

Regional Eating Disorder Liaison:

  • Can assist in locating eating disorder resources

  • Crystal Frost, Phone: 250-519-7700 ext 17117

The Looking Glass Foundation (in Vancouver):

St. Paul's Hospital & Vista/Discovery:

Other (Local, Provincial, national, & global) Mental Health Supports

Vancouver Island Voices for Eating Disorders are a local advocacy group.

Foundry Victoria offers various supports to youth up to age 24.

Citizen's Counselling offers affordable and accessible services in Victoria.

South Island (income-based) Counselling

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House offers counselling services and crisis intervention.

Men’s Trauma Centre offers support to those who identify as male, either with recent or a history of trauma.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre offers information and support.

Community Art of Living Mindfully (CALM) Group offered through the B.C. Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM)

  • Free 8 week mindfulness/meditation group

  • Covered by MSP

  • Referral by GP required

B.C. Schizophrenia Society (Victoria branch) offers support for schizophrenia sufferers as well as some broader mental health supports.

  • List of various Victoria & area self-help groups put together by BCSS

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)

Umbrella Society specializes in substance use issues

University of Victoria Psychology Clinic offers sliding scale and flat rate therapy services

Anxiety B.C.

Body Positive Book Club

  • Held in Victoria, B.C.

  • Bi-weekly, in-person meetings

  • Facebook group for online discussions

  • Register here

She Recovers Foundation

  • They offer recovery resources, retreats, and yoga for individuals recovering from eating disorders, substance use, and more.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Eating Disorder Therapists on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver

Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching

Recovery-oriented & body-positive Social MEdia Accounts

Christy Harrison's FoodPsych podcast

Recovery advocate Jen Brett's YouTube

Body positive advocate Megan Jayne Crabbe's YouTube and instagram