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Our Approach to Eating Disorder Care and Treatment

Medical Management 

Due to the acute nature of Eating Disorders and the symptoms that are commonly associated with them,  we encourage all of our clients to have a family doctors or Naturopaths as part of their team to help with medical management. We help our clients by providing information for their physicians like documents and material to help them monitor their condition if they are not specialized in the treatment of Eating Disorders already.  Through regular blood work, medication management and monitoring of vitals and referrals these professionals are an integral part of the team.  It's very important that individuals know that we are not a medical facility and although we are all registered and regulated, monitoring client's medical stability is beyond our scope. 

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Treatment Programs

For nearly two decades, we have been dedicated to helping those who treat eating disorders. Our programs are designed with the latest-based approaches to provide clients with the necessary support for long-term treatment. Our aim to help you achieve a healthier and more connected life.by committing to our programs. We have designed 3 different programs to meet the needs of the populations we see the most here at CCP. A program for those in need of more support reducing, or eliminating the symptoms of their Eating Disorder, a program for families who need more support helping their loved ones and a maintenace program. Please click here for more information; 

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Team Approach

Eating  Disorders do not exist in isolation and neither does the team required to treat them. We highly encourage all of our clients to be connected with one of our nutrition professionals for regular monitoring. Our Nutritionist can provide the follow up and support you need to make important changes with food. Best practices suggest that anyone with an Eating Disorder work with both a Therapist and a Dietitian to ensure timely and holistic care. We highly recommend completing one of our Eating Disorder treatment programs first in the acute stages of your treatment which would be at least 3-4 months. We recognize that you may not be ready to do the work and our stepped approach to care allows our clients to work through understanding their illness along with making change in a way that feels manageable.

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Psychotherapy 

The work that goes into getting better from an Eating Disorder goes far beyond food and our bodies. The work you will do with your therapist will uncover deeper themes and an understanding of the self to allow you to heal. Our therapists are trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy , Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,  Emotion Focussed Therapy,  Family Based Treatment for Eating Disorders and are all trauma informed. These therapies are the most commonly used in the treatment of Eating Disorders and together with your therapist you will determine the best fit. We recommend meeting weekly or minimum bi-weekly for sessions for anyone with an active Eating Disorder. Regular therapy for quite a while is required to build the skills necessary to prevent relapse. 

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Carer Support

Lastly, we offer support for Carers of those impacted by an Eating Disorder. Our monthly workshop helps to teach family members and other support people the skills necessary to understand and support someone living with an Eating Disorder. This group is professionally led and a combination of skills and support amongst peers. If group based support is not for you, we see great  value to offering psychotherapy and support to those caring for someone with an Eating Disorder. 

If you have landed on this page you have been touched by the devastating effects of an Eating Disorder. At CCP all our therapists are Eating Disorder Sensitive and many of our clinicians are highly trained and skilled to treat this complex illness. 

Our approach to care is based on incorporating this 4 step collaborative model of care to provide evidenced based  treatment on an outpatient basis. 

​​At CCP we have nutrition support and psychotherapists here to help us support our client's who have identified symptoms of an Eating Disorder. We are very aware of the limitations of an Eating Disorder Diagnosis and believe that anyone who feels they are experiencing signs of an Eating Disorder deserves care. The process of getting better requires a careful and collaborative approach. We know that individuals are not always ready to make changes when they first approach us for care and have designed our program with this in mind. 

learn more about our programs here. 

Our therapists work with you to heal underlying challenges that may have contributed to the eating disorder while supporting you in finding coping skills to navigate your present life.

Eating Disorder Treatment 

At CCP, we believe that eating disorders require a specialized and comprehensive approach. Our programs are client-led and empowering, designed by our clinical director and nutrition lead with over 15 years of experience in treating this illness We understand that every person is impacted differently and we are passionate about creating care that meets their unique needs.

Our treatment programs are based on the following main themes: 

All eating disorders have a common characteristic called anosognosia, which refers to the inability of individuals to recognize their illness. This trait makes it challenging for people seeking care to adhere to nutrition and therapeutic support when they are experiencing symptoms because they cannot perceive how their illness is affecting them. As a result, clients may leave care prematurely or not receive adequate care to recover. It is difficult to establish trust with individuals with eating disorders who cannot see how their illness is impacting them.

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Programs for eating disorders in our community are not accessible.There are not enough of them available and when there is, there are long wait lists.  Clients with eating disorders require a multidisciplinary approach to care. The nature of this illness is very complex and in order to interrupt symptoms, recover physiologically and work through the psychological pain; more support is needed. We don’t have enough places to refer to and therefore we have seen our clients struggle with moving past a certain point. Despite highly encouraging clients to see a nutritionist with our therapists, we have never enforced this as a policy. This program allows clients to commit to all 12 weeks as an opportunity to build a foundation without the option to cancel or not make this part of the treatment essential.

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We understand how hard this is. When clients don’t book sessions or prefer not to work on the symptoms with our nutrition support, we truly understand. This illness impacts the most intelligent, amazing people and having to invest in this work is often very discouraging. We want to help clients by setting them up in the best way we can. We are client-led and have designed this program to both hold you accountable and hear your concerns and involve you in the plan. 

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There are very unique stressors which impact families when it comes to having an Eating disorder in the home. As a parent, this is a very overwhelming and stressful time which can have a significant impact on the mental health of both the parent and the person with the Eating Disorders. Having someone else in the space to take some of that pressure off and help support your family in challenging the Eating Disorder is essential. 

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We are here. 
We know it's scary.

The research and funds dedicated to building treatment and awareness for this illness is lacking substantially. Based on years of experience and the research we do have, these are the best steps to take in treating and managing Eating Disorders. We understand as a private facility accessing these services may be a challenge, Eating Disorders cannot afford to wait. Early detection is the key. 

 

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