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COLLABORATIVE INDIVIDUALIZED SUPPORTIVE

CANADA’S FIRST PRIVATE EATING DISORDER TREATMENT CENTRE

Westwind is unique and unlike any other counselling facility.  We specialize in the treatment of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID and orthorexia.  Not everyone’s experience with disordered eating fits a diagnosis, and you don’t require a diagnosis to participate in our programs.  If your experiences with food preoccupation or a self critical body image are negatively impacting your quality of life, the support at Westwind is for you. 

The support at Westwind is available through our residential and R.I.S.E.online recovery programs.  Our clients from around the world have found hope and healing with Westwind.  It's great that you're seeking support for yourself, which we know takes much courage.  Westwind believes that everyone is capable of full recovery and we feel very fortunate to be part of so many people’s recovery stories.
 
Westwind was founded in 1998 by Bryan Gusdal, as Canada's first private eating disorder treatment centre. Since we first opened our doors, Westwind has continued to provide a safe space to heal and grow. 

no wait time for treatment
no formal diagnosis required
we welcome clients from around the world

Westwind Counselling is committed to promoting mindful eating, body acceptance and emotional wellness to individuals around the world!

OUR PHILOSOPHY

TREATMENT IS COLLABORATIVE.  Recovery goals are developed collaboratively with each client.  Our goal is to help you identify your values apart from the eating disorder, so you can challenge the problematic beliefs and behaviors that are interfering in living your life with fullness and freedom.     

 

TREATMENT IS INDIVIDUALIZED.  Treatment plans are highly individualized, and we will work with you towards your recovery goals.  Treatment will focus on your specific needs, and address the factors that are working to maintain the eating disorder in your life.  

 

TREATMENT IS SUPPORTIVE.  Treatment addresses physical, psychological, and emotional healing, to address all aspects of the eating disorder.  Our aim is to help you gain a sense of empowerment, so you can have confidence maintaining healthy changes outside of treatment.

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OUR TREATMENT MODEL

We understand that the eating disorder does not thrive in a vacuum, and want to help you identify the factors that are maintaining the eating disorder in your life.  Your treatment will also address any co-occurring struggles such as anxiety, depression or obsessive compulsive behaviors.

 

At Westwind, we want to offer the best treatment possible.  Our staff are trained in the leading evidence based modes of therapy, in order to deliver treatment that is demonstrated to be effective through clinical studies.  Our primary modes of therapy include Enhanced Cognitive Therapy (CBT-E) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in addition to graduated exposure and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

IS RECOVERY POSSIBLE?

Full recovery is possible, and absolutely worth it. You have an identity outside the eating disordering, and you can choose every day, meal, and moment to move towards recovery and freedom. 

People struggling with eating disorders often work hard to hide their struggles, which can make it hard to see them as someone with a mental illness.  This leads to a misconception of seeing the eating disorder as an issue of choice, or will and discipline which creates shame for people who are struggling.  An eating disorder is a serious mental illness and is never a choice.  You did not choose the eating disorder, but you can choose to begin your recovery today!

SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

This self-assessment is designed to help you identify if you have some symptoms that may benefit from professional help.  It is meant to help you examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and is not designed to take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation.  Answer each item with yes or no. 

  1. Do my feelings about my appearance get in the way accepting myself or enjoying my life?

  2. Do I think about food and weight constantly?

  3. Am I terrified about gaining weight?

  4. Do I feel guilty after eating?

  5. When I eat, am I afraid I’ll lose control and won’t be able to stop?

  6. Do I make myself sick after eating because I feel uncomfortably full?

  7. Do I avoid eating when I’m angry, anxious or disappointed?

  8. Am I secretive or dishonest about my eating with others?

  9. Do I continue eating even after I’m full and am no longer enjoying my food?

  10. Do I eat to numb from distressing feelings?

  11. Do I feel exhilarated or in control when I don’t eat?

  12. Do I exercise no matter how tired or sick I might feel and get upset if I miss exercising?

  13. Do I feel defeated, hopeless or unworthy about food or my body?

  14. Is my appearance really important in how I evaluate my self-worth?

  15. Do I avoid activities, people or situations due to feeling self-conscious about my appearance?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you may be struggling with negative body image or disordered eating. Connect with us to hear more about how we can help.