What We Offer





Typical therapy needs for some eating disorders:

The treatment of eating disorders is based on a multimodal model. This model recognizes that eating disorders do not have a single cause or a predictable course. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, skill building through Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, working on issues of self-esteem, worthiness, identity, shame resilience and family relations are all modalities shown to be effective in eating disorder treatment.

  • Address co-occurring difficulties and/or disorders
  • Work on emotional avoidance, and enhance ways of feeling feelings
  • Increase self esteem
  • Address underlying personal issues
  • Learn how to better cope with anxiety
  • Include the practice of mindfulness
  • Emotion regulating skills
  • Recognize thoughts and urges
  • Overcome fear and anxiety
  • Increase self-efficacy
  • Promote healing in the entire family system




Typical Nutrition Consultation and Recommendations:

  • Initial nutrition assessment
  • Medical history, diet history, and ED symptoms
  • Exploration of nutrition knowledge, beliefs and values
  • Assessment of relationship with food
  • Teaching intuitive eating skills, debunking nutritional myths, and facilitating a realistic and manageable approach to achieving a nutritionally balanced style of eating
  • Re-teaching and guiding the application of the basics of appetite regulation, hunger and fullness cues, metabolism, and general nutrition principles
  • Development of an individualized treatment plans that leverages the latest in evidence-based nutritional intervention
  • Personalization of meal planning
  • Computerized nutrient analysis-individualized macronutrient and micronutrient needs (offered as indicated/requested)
  • Assessment of macronutrient and micronutrient adequacy based on diet history
  • Nutrition Care Plan to include patient-centered goals for therapeutic follow-up
  • Ongoing nutritional counselling
  • Meal Support: Individualized meal support therapy available and scheduled as needed


Family Therapy Sessions

Emotion Focused Family Therapy for parents:

Summary: 3 sessions, 2 hours each, parent(s) only
Via Skype- skype name Trixie.Hennessey
Contact: 250.762.2525

    Vancouver Eating Disorder Clinic offers an intensive three session program for parent(s) and caregivers based on Emotion Focused Family Therapy model with Family Therapist, Trixie Hennessey. Parenting a child (of any age) with an eating disorder can be very challenging and confusing. I can provide you the coaching and guidance you need as you learn how to best support your child through practical strategies and increased personal insight to create a safe recovery environment and help with the prevention of relapse.