Dr. Melanie G.
Westwind Eating Disorder Recovery Centre - Program Components
Individual therapy sessions
We believe it is paramount to address the core factors that are working to maintain the eating disorder. At Westwind you will receive four weekly therapy sessions with a Master level therapist. Typically, the client will be seen by three counsellors on an alternating basis. Together you will work on addressing all aspects of the disorder, such as body image, perfectionistic thinking, anxiety, self esteem, interpersonal concerns or other issues. Treatment plans are highly individualized and are developed collaboratively with the client. We use a problem solving/skill building approach and make extensive use of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches, which are designed to teach a different style of thinking about the things that might create or perpetuate the eating disorder. You can read more about CBT and ACT on our treatment model page.
Individual nutrition sessions
You will receive two sessions per week with our registered dietitian. These sessions provide opportunity to work together developing nutritional goals, discussing challenges and fears, and learning new information about nutrition for recovered living.
The program includes multiple therapy groups each day, including a variety of formats and topics relevant and helpful in recovery. Groups include teaching components and encourage interpersonal participation. Some examples of the types of groups at Westwind:
- Interpersonal support
- CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) skills acquisition
- Nutrition education
- Meal planning
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Goal setting and celebration of accomplishments and gratitudes
- Teaching and discussion on topics such as self esteem, perfectionism, anxiety, body image, exercise and more
*Independent time management
Some common effects of an eating disorder include social anxiety and isolation, disconnection from personal values and interests, and lack of time management skills. Clients are encouraged to practice using their free time in between groups, sessions and meals to engage in value based activities such as self care activities, independent recovery work including reading, workbooks and journaling, connecting with family and friends from home, engaging in independent hobbies and activities of interest, and practicing interpersonal social skills with each other. Free time offers valuable practice for strengthening independent living skills outside of treatment.
Spiritual counselling is an optional component of treatment, and inclusive of all faiths and spiritual belief systems. It is available within the context of individual counselling sessions, to the extent that each client feels it is relevant to their recovery and reflective of their personal values.
Sessions with family members are available to clients who wish to include this as part of their recovery process. We also host 'Westwind Family Days' to offer informational sessions on the process of recovery - anyone who you would like to be included in this event is welcome to attend.
Clients are encouraged to engage in exposure activities such as restaurant outings, grocery shopping and body image challenges. These exposure activities are introduced depending upon your readiness level and can be experienced with the support of staff or independently.
Personal fitness training
Individual sessions with a certified personal trainer are available upon request.
Recommended reading and workbooks
Recommended reading material and workbooks are available for purchase. Work completed can be discussed during group and session times, to help address factors maintaining the eating disorder.