A SAFE SPACE TO HEAL
WELCOME TO WESTWIND EATING DISORDER RECOVERY CENTRE
Westwind’s residential program in Kelowna, BC provides a safe and unique treatment experience for individuals ready and willing to work on change, and seeking full recovery from their eating disorder. Our well-developed program is available for people from around the world age 19 and older who identify as female, and is delivered by our professional and experienced care team. Our clients appreciate this and love their experiences with Westwind.
Westwind’s program is unique! Your individualized treatment experience will include:
a personalized treatment plan with a supportive, individualized, and collaborative approach.
a comfortable homelike environment with pro-recovery co-clients.
a balance of support and independence, so you can learn skills that will help you carry your recovery home with you after treatment.
We understand that finances can be a real challenge with seeking treatment. Connect with us to find out about our payment plan option.
Westwind Eating Disorder Recovery Centre is committed to promoting mindful eating, body acceptance and emotional wellness to individuals around the world!
“I flew halfway across the world to pursue recovery at Westwind and this was the best decision I’ve ever made. I wouldn’t have made it this far in recovery if it wasn’t for Westwind, their amazing staff and original program.”
YOUR TREATMENT WILL INCLUDE
staff supported meal times.
daily one-on-one sessions with our caring and experienced counsellors, to help you address the factors that are maintaining the eating disorder.
one-on-one sessions with our registered dietitians, to work together to develop nutritional goals, discuss challenges and fears, and learn new information about nutrition for recovered living.
three daily therapy groups including nutrition education, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, goal setting, interpersonal support, art therapy, exposure therapy, restaurant outings, teaching and discussion on topics such as self esteem, assertiveness, perfectionism, anxiety, body image and exercise.
optional components include spiritual counselling, family counselling sessions, and recommended reading and workbooks.
Westwind’s residential program can help you:
Eliminate eating disorder behaviors including food restriction, binging, purging and excessive exercise
Achieve a mindful and intuitive relationship with eating and activity
Gain peace and acceptance with your body
Challenge the factors maintaining the eating disorder in your life
Address co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression
Strengthen your abilities with relationships and coping with emotions
Increase your sense of worthiness and develop value based living
Westwind Kelowna operates within a beautiful spacious home providing a comfortable atmosphere inside and out, where you will have your own bedroom. Westwind Kelowna can accommodate up to six clients at one time, making for a personal treatment experience. WIFI is available throughout the home and you're welcome to bring a laptop and personal cell phone. We’re conveniently located a short distance from many shops and amenities.
The duration of the program is flexible based on each client's goals and needs, with the average length of stay being twelve weeks. After you have completed your treatment within the recovery centre, you will have the option to continue receiving support through our online treatment program which includes weekly virtual sessions with our counsellors and dietitians, as well as email support. We know your recovery work does not end when you leave the recovery centre, and want to continue supporting you on your journey to full recovery.
How do meals and snacks work?
In your initial nutrition session, you will establish an individualized meal plan collaboratively with the dietitian. Each session will allow you opportunity to review the meal plan and set new goals. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are prepared independently by each client. Supper times include a shared meal, which you will have the opportunity to help prepare, with the support of staff. Groceries are purchased multiple times each week, and you will be able to request foods you need for your meal plan. A staff is present at each meal time for support.
Are vegetarians and vegans welcome?
Yes, Westwind accepts clients who are vegetarian and vegan. It will be important during treatment to assess these choices and help you identify your own values apart from the eating disorders values in regards to all food choices, including the choice to practice vegetarianism and veganism.
Will I use the scale?
Everyone has a natural set point weight range that their body desires to be. Healthy bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes. When you begin recovery, your body may be above, below or within your natural set point weight range. Westwind encourages clients to use the scale every 1-2 weeks during the recovery process. Most people in recovery have fears about how improved eating and progress in treatment will affect their weight. Utilizing the scale can help you to de-power the number and develop trust in your body.
VALARIE BITTNER M.A. CPC DIRECTOR
Valarie is a Certified Canadian Counsellor through the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and a member of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada. She has a Masters degree in Counselling and has been practicing as a therapist in the field of eating disorders since 2002. In addition to her clinical experience, Valarie has enjoyed instructing college counselling courses, and delivering presentations regarding eating disorder awareness and treatment.
TRESA CLEMMENSEN M.SC. CCC DIRECTOR
Tresa is a Certified Canadian Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and a member of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada. She has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. Tresa has been practicing as a therapist in the field of eating disorders since 2003. She also has extensive experience in the areas of self-esteem, body-esteem, anxiety and depression.