Westwind is Supportive
orientation is to provide support to clients in their
attempts to confront their disordered eating behaviours,
and increase satisfaction with life.
Westwind is Behavioural
Therapy will focus on behaviour
strengths and deficits, as well as helping the client to
become aware of the relationship between her behaviour and
the consequences provided by her environment.
Westwind is Cognitive
focus on helping people challenge and replace thought
patterns that result in feelings of depression and anxiety,
or lead to disordered eating behaviours. Specific styles of
thinking will be identified to the client and the ways in
which these may hinder recovery will be discussed.
Westwind is Skill-oriented
skills in interpersonal relations, including assertiveness
and communication skills are reviewed and rehearsed. Coping
skills for stress management will be taught, and may
include self-nurturance, seeking support, emotional
expression, problem solving and journaling. Relaxation
skills will also be addressed.
Westwind is Non-judgmental
acceptance and change. We do not judge personal preferences
as being examples of disordered values or thinking. These
themes may be explored with the intent to provoke thought,
not to impose therapist values.
Westwind is Collaborative
We require a
collaborative relationship with our clients. Clients have a
say in their therapy, and are expected to work constantly
on evaluating progress, as well as on reducing elements
that may hinder that progress. The client and therapist
work toward functioning as a team, each having particular
Westwind is Spiritual
counselling is an effective component in the treatment of
eating disorders. Many clients have benefited from the
healing, hope and strength that a Christian perspective
brings to their lives. This component is completely
optional and all faiths are welcome at our centre.