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Overview

At the Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders we provide assessment services for individuals ages 18 and over who have disordered eating. We provide treatment for people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, atypical anorexia nervosa and purging disorder in outpatient (low intensity), day hospital (intensive) and inpatient (intensive) formats. Services for binge-eating disorder are limited to pharmacological [i.e., medication-based] treatment only.

Our program is committed to providing evidence-based treatment to help our patients recover from their eating disorder (ED). We respect that each patient’s journey towards restored health is unique. Therefore, we are committed to meeting patients where they are in terms of management of ED symptoms. We strive to help patients identify ways in which their symptoms interfere with their lives and future goals and help patients to address these through normalization of eating, weight restoration (if applicable), and reduction/elimination of ED symptoms. We also help patients address problems underlying the eating disorder and aid them in establishing or returning to a healthy and productive lifestyle.

Comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment is provided in a group setting and with individual sessions. The multidisciplinary team, led by Program Director and Psychiatrist, Dr. Genevieve Proulx, includes psychiatrists, registered nurses, nurse practitioner, clinical psychologists, dietitians, a social worker, program evaluator and administrative staff.

To be assessed for admission to the Eating Disorder Program you must be referred by a physician or a nurse practitioner (NP). You will be offered a consultation appointment, which is a focused assessment by an eating disorders specialist(s). The severity and nature of your eating disorder will determine the treatment program that will be offered [if any]. Following the consultation, you are free to choose whether to accept or reject the treatment recommendation; if you accept, your name will be placed on a waitlist. When a spot becomes available [which may take up to several months], you will receive a call with your start date.

Intensive Day Treatment Program: an 8-week day hospital program that accommodates a maximum of eight patients at any given time. It is offered to patients with serious forms of eating disorders.

Inpatient Symptom Interruption Program (6-bed unit): offered to patients with severe eating disorders who are at a high risk of being medically compromised because of severe weight loss and or severe purging behaviour. This hospitalization aims at interrupting these symptoms in order to stabilize patients medically and can be followed by intensive outpatient virtual care.

Psychoeducation/CBT Outpatient Treatment Program: a 10-week treatment modality for patients with mildly to moderately severe eating disorders. It offers nutritional counseling provided by the program dietitian and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) provided by the program psychologist.

For more information, consult the Guide: Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders.

Making an Appointment

Physician or nurse practitioner referral required.

Complete and fax an Assessment for Eating Disorders or telephone us at 613-737-8042 for information.

Contact Us

General Campus: Room 4428
Tel: 613-737-8899 extension 78010
Fax: (613)-737-8115

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Last updated on: April 29th, 2021