Eating Disorders Therapists in Calgary, AB

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Ashley Wanamaker
Psychologist, MC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2R
Offering daytime and evening appointments in Calgary's beltine! I am a Registered Psychologist working in an individual, one-to-one private setting. I have a specialized focus working with trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and body image concerns with adolescent and adult clients.
Offering daytime and evening appointments in Calgary's beltine! I am a Registered Psychologist working in an individual, one-to-one private setting. I have a specialized focus working with trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and body image concerns with adolescent and adult clients.
(587) 842-0689 View (587) 842-0689
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Katie Card
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
I have experience working with people who are facing addiction, eating disorders, trauma, and other stressors from everyday life.
I strive to offer an accepting, non-judgmental, and safe environment for all my clients. I believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives, therefore, I work with a collaborative approach.
I have experience working with people who are facing addiction, eating disorders, trauma, and other stressors from everyday life.
I strive to offer an accepting, non-judgmental, and safe environment for all my clients. I believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives, therefore, I work with a collaborative approach.
(587) 852-5545 View (587) 852-5545
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Calgary Silver Linings Foundation
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2R
Our Mission: Working collaboratively to create a world-class live-in eating disorder treatment centre in Alberta. Our Vision: To bridge gaps in accessibility and care of eating disorders in Alberta.
Our Mission: Working collaboratively to create a world-class live-in eating disorder treatment centre in Alberta. Our Vision: To bridge gaps in accessibility and care of eating disorders in Alberta.
(587) 809-2420 View (587) 809-2420
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Karen Wadson
Psychologist, MA, BEd
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2R
Because of my own experiences, I am passionate about helping others achieve neutrality or even happiness with body image and eating troubles, including disordered eating and eating disorders.
Hi there! Welcome :) As I am just coming back to work after maternity leave, I have room for new clients with little wait time! I specialize in the very big spectrum of disordered eating/ED and related issues. Perhaps you’re reading this because you’re tired of thinking about food all the time, counting calories, body checking, and not feeling great about yourself? Or perhaps you’re concerned about a loved one or child? These thoughts and feelings can take up a lot of mind space and be emotionally painful and I suspect you know exactly what I mean by that. If you’re looking for a way out, you’re in the right spot here!
Because of my own experiences, I am passionate about helping others achieve neutrality or even happiness with body image and eating troubles, including disordered eating and eating disorders.
Hi there! Welcome :) As I am just coming back to work after maternity leave, I have room for new clients with little wait time! I specialize in the very big spectrum of disordered eating/ED and related issues. Perhaps you’re reading this because you’re tired of thinking about food all the time, counting calories, body checking, and not feeling great about yourself? Or perhaps you’re concerned about a loved one or child? These thoughts and feelings can take up a lot of mind space and be emotionally painful and I suspect you know exactly what I mean by that. If you’re looking for a way out, you’re in the right spot here!
(587) 741-2030 View (587) 741-2030
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Dr. Alana Ireland
Psychologist, MSc, PhD
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T3A
I have worked with clients in educational, community, and healthcare settings presenting with: stress, anxiety, depression, family difficulties, relationship concerns, grief, self-esteem, obesity, and eating disorders.
I am dedicated to helping clients enhance wellness and overcome life's challenges. I have had experience working with diverse clientele including children, adolescents, adults, and families with a wide range of concerns or issues. My goal is to help clients develop insight and strategies to make meaningful change in their lives. I use a strength-based approach and research supported therapies to help clients live healthier, happier lives.
I have worked with clients in educational, community, and healthcare settings presenting with: stress, anxiety, depression, family difficulties, relationship concerns, grief, self-esteem, obesity, and eating disorders.
I am dedicated to helping clients enhance wellness and overcome life's challenges. I have had experience working with diverse clientele including children, adolescents, adults, and families with a wide range of concerns or issues. My goal is to help clients develop insight and strategies to make meaningful change in their lives. I use a strength-based approach and research supported therapies to help clients live healthier, happier lives.
(866) 984-2346 View (866) 984-2346
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Michelle Church
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T3M  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi! I’m Dr. Michelle. I have a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary and am a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. I completed my residency in Los Angeles, California where I supervised doctoral students in addition to providing psychotherapy. In my practice I work with people managing: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and chronic health conditions. I also provide couple therapy and address the cross-over between individual health conditions in relationships.
Hi! I’m Dr. Michelle. I have a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary and am a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. I completed my residency in Los Angeles, California where I supervised doctoral students in addition to providing psychotherapy. In my practice I work with people managing: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and chronic health conditions. I also provide couple therapy and address the cross-over between individual health conditions in relationships.
(604) 332-1317 View (604) 332-1317
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Gillian Elizabeth Boult
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW, RYT, CH, Author
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2T  (Online Only)
I believe you have the innate capacity to heal from a range of issues such as eating disorders, domestic violence, marital difficulties, and more. I utilize my years of experience in addition to a holistic approach with evidence based practices that will guide you toward possibilities you couldn’t see before. Our therapeutic relationship is the foundation of safety and trust that will pave the way for your self exploration as you gain the tools to navigate life's changes.
I believe you have the innate capacity to heal from a range of issues such as eating disorders, domestic violence, marital difficulties, and more. I utilize my years of experience in addition to a holistic approach with evidence based practices that will guide you toward possibilities you couldn’t see before. Our therapeutic relationship is the foundation of safety and trust that will pave the way for your self exploration as you gain the tools to navigate life's changes.
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Lakshmi Krishnan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2R
I work with adolescents, adults and families struggling with a range of mental health and relationship concerns. My specialty areas include eating disorders, trauma, couple therapy and parenting issues.My training has a strong attachment and family systems focus. I was also trained in Integrated Body focused Psychotherapy and Family Constellations. I also bring to my work my life experience of living in various parts of the world, the experience of moving through life transitions successfully and that of parenting my own two children. For clients who are interested in Eating Disorder resources, please consult the following website : www.silverliningsfoundation.ca
I work with adolescents, adults and families struggling with a range of mental health and relationship concerns. My specialty areas include eating disorders, trauma, couple therapy and parenting issues.My training has a strong attachment and family systems focus. I was also trained in Integrated Body focused Psychotherapy and Family Constellations. I also bring to my work my life experience of living in various parts of the world, the experience of moving through life transitions successfully and that of parenting my own two children. For clients who are interested in Eating Disorder resources, please consult the following website : www.silverliningsfoundation.ca
(866) 538-9035 View (866) 538-9035
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Lisa Jacobson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
What areas of your life would you like to see improvements? What healing would you benefit from? Together we can set goals towards such themes as feeling more compassionate and at peace with yourself, establishing better connection and communication in your relationships, developing tools to feel resilient to manage anxiety or depression, finding a deeper passion in your current career path or finding a new one, feeling more confident in parenting, improving your body image and relief from eating disorders and working towards healing from past traumas.
What areas of your life would you like to see improvements? What healing would you benefit from? Together we can set goals towards such themes as feeling more compassionate and at peace with yourself, establishing better connection and communication in your relationships, developing tools to feel resilient to manage anxiety or depression, finding a deeper passion in your current career path or finding a new one, feeling more confident in parenting, improving your body image and relief from eating disorders and working towards healing from past traumas.
(587) 570-5541 View (587) 570-5541
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Ashley Pettigrew
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified Verified
23 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3E
I am a Registered Psychologist in Calgary, Alberta and I am the owner of a group practice, APPS, that focuses on the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating and body image concerns.
The approach that I take towards therapy is compassionate, genuine, accepting, and collaborative. Some areas that I can help you with are creating balance in your life, connecting to and understanding your emotions, decreasing impulsive behaviours, and exploring your goals and values. Ultimately my aim is to help you create the life you want to live.
I am a Registered Psychologist in Calgary, Alberta and I am the owner of a group practice, APPS, that focuses on the treatment of eating disorders, disordered eating and body image concerns.
The approach that I take towards therapy is compassionate, genuine, accepting, and collaborative. Some areas that I can help you with are creating balance in your life, connecting to and understanding your emotions, decreasing impulsive behaviours, and exploring your goals and values. Ultimately my aim is to help you create the life you want to live.
(587) 801-4528 View (587) 801-4528
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Behnam Kohandel
Psychologist, MA, R, Psych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3L
Life at times may feel like a relentless struggle, filled with sadness, discouragement, and overwhelming despair. As a psychologist, with more than 20 years experience, I can support you to overcome challenges such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, perfectionism, people pleasing, trauma, addiction, eating issues including binge eating, bulimia and anorexia and couples therapy. I utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS), an innovative and transformative therapeutic model for emotional healing of eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.
Life at times may feel like a relentless struggle, filled with sadness, discouragement, and overwhelming despair. As a psychologist, with more than 20 years experience, I can support you to overcome challenges such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, perfectionism, people pleasing, trauma, addiction, eating issues including binge eating, bulimia and anorexia and couples therapy. I utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS), an innovative and transformative therapeutic model for emotional healing of eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.
(844) 311-8027 View (844) 311-8027
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Vanessa LaPrairie
Psychologist, MC, R Psych
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2P
Vanessa is a dedicated psychologist with a profound commitment to the well-being of her clients. Her extensive clinical expertise spans a range of areas, including 2sLGBTQIA+ mental health, PTSD and complex trauma, eating disorders, addictions, and concurrent disorders. Vanessa approaches each client with a unique blend of empathy, understanding, and evidence-based interventions.
Vanessa is a dedicated psychologist with a profound commitment to the well-being of her clients. Her extensive clinical expertise spans a range of areas, including 2sLGBTQIA+ mental health, PTSD and complex trauma, eating disorders, addictions, and concurrent disorders. Vanessa approaches each client with a unique blend of empathy, understanding, and evidence-based interventions.
(587) 412-2715 View (587) 412-2715
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Kara Alan
Psychologist
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2H  (Online Only)
I support individuals working toward or in recovery from anorexia, bulimia, and bingeing.
I am glad that you made it here today! If you struggle with food and body image, you have come to the right place. Maybe you think about food all the time, or yo-yo diet, or maybe you find yourself restricting what you eat without knowing why, or how to stop. Food and eating are a part of our culture that often become warped and distorted. Whether you have internalized messages that state that you have to be a certain size to have value, or you feel like food allows you to numb out, constant thoughts about food and body image can be exhausting.
I support individuals working toward or in recovery from anorexia, bulimia, and bingeing.
I am glad that you made it here today! If you struggle with food and body image, you have come to the right place. Maybe you think about food all the time, or yo-yo diet, or maybe you find yourself restricting what you eat without knowing why, or how to stop. Food and eating are a part of our culture that often become warped and distorted. Whether you have internalized messages that state that you have to be a certain size to have value, or you feel like food allows you to numb out, constant thoughts about food and body image can be exhausting.
(587) 854-3904 x155 View (587) 854-3904 x155
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Michelle Dubiel-Vasquez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2R
My invitation to you when beginning the journey of therapy is to come just as you are. You can expect to be met with respect, compassion, humor and understanding in a casual environment Together, we will work to uncover your strengths, unpack negative self-talk, address root concerns, and learn effective strategies. My work is rooted in supporting and collaborating in rewriting your story in moving towards growth and healing. I specialize working with adolescents (age 13 +) and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, ADHD, and trauma.
My invitation to you when beginning the journey of therapy is to come just as you are. You can expect to be met with respect, compassion, humor and understanding in a casual environment Together, we will work to uncover your strengths, unpack negative self-talk, address root concerns, and learn effective strategies. My work is rooted in supporting and collaborating in rewriting your story in moving towards growth and healing. I specialize working with adolescents (age 13 +) and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, ADHD, and trauma.
(587) 801-2390 View (587) 801-2390
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Nikki Roy
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2A  (Online Only)
My area of specialty is working with clients experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, body-image, self-esteem, shame, or body dysmorphia.
I believe in connection and relationship over anything else. I work through an attachment, emotion focused, and narrative lens. This means that I emphasize the importance of your relationships, understanding the meaning and connection behind your emotions, and help you identify and live in your life story. My role is to walk alongside you in hopes that you feel more understood, more informed, and more hopeful. Let's break out of the norms and the "shoulds" of life and step into a more authentic and genuine version of you.
My area of specialty is working with clients experiencing eating disorders, disordered eating, body-image, self-esteem, shame, or body dysmorphia.
I believe in connection and relationship over anything else. I work through an attachment, emotion focused, and narrative lens. This means that I emphasize the importance of your relationships, understanding the meaning and connection behind your emotions, and help you identify and live in your life story. My role is to walk alongside you in hopes that you feel more understood, more informed, and more hopeful. Let's break out of the norms and the "shoulds" of life and step into a more authentic and genuine version of you.
(604) 619-8332 View (604) 619-8332
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Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA)
Verified Verified
Calgary, AB T2E
The Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) is a non-profit organization and a registered charity dedicated to providing meaningful support to those affected– directly and indirectly– by eating disorders. EDSNA provides information, guidance, a provincial voice, a community hub and most of all, support. We offer professionally-facilitated support groups in Edmonton, Calgary and online. Thanks to ongoing funding from Alberta Health, Addictions and Mental Health Branch, we are able to offer these groups at a very low cost to the participants and can even waive fees if people are experiencing financial difficulty.
The Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) is a non-profit organization and a registered charity dedicated to providing meaningful support to those affected– directly and indirectly– by eating disorders. EDSNA provides information, guidance, a provincial voice, a community hub and most of all, support. We offer professionally-facilitated support groups in Edmonton, Calgary and online. Thanks to ongoing funding from Alberta Health, Addictions and Mental Health Branch, we are able to offer these groups at a very low cost to the participants and can even waive fees if people are experiencing financial difficulty.
(587) 801-4206 View (587) 801-4206
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Teresa Futers
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3P
Welcome! I have years of experience specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, and depression, enjoy working with youth and adults, and I support women during pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood. I also work with individuals who are overwhelmed or experiencing burnout in their lives. Perhaps changes in your life circumstances have made it nearly impossible to navigate, or the mental load of motherhood has become overwhelming. Whether you are struggling to mange difficult emotions or finding life hard to cope with at times, I am here to support you.
Welcome! I have years of experience specializing in eating disorders, anxiety, and depression, enjoy working with youth and adults, and I support women during pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood. I also work with individuals who are overwhelmed or experiencing burnout in their lives. Perhaps changes in your life circumstances have made it nearly impossible to navigate, or the mental load of motherhood has become overwhelming. Whether you are struggling to mange difficult emotions or finding life hard to cope with at times, I am here to support you.
(587) 818-6801 View (587) 818-6801
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Alice Wilmes
Licensed Professional Counsellor, MA, RPC, CT, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T1Y
Are you ready to feel connected again, to let go of trauma, dysfunctional habits, and fears that have prevented you from moving forward and reaching your goals? I can help. I work in the areas of self-esteem, emotional regulation, eating disorders, addictions, relationships, work, and overall fulfillment in life. Whether you are caught in destructive patterns, experiencing anxiety, depression, panic, unexplainable sadness, or disconnection from yourself, together we can work to help you gain a sense of grounding, safety, healing, and freedom.
Are you ready to feel connected again, to let go of trauma, dysfunctional habits, and fears that have prevented you from moving forward and reaching your goals? I can help. I work in the areas of self-esteem, emotional regulation, eating disorders, addictions, relationships, work, and overall fulfillment in life. Whether you are caught in destructive patterns, experiencing anxiety, depression, panic, unexplainable sadness, or disconnection from yourself, together we can work to help you gain a sense of grounding, safety, healing, and freedom.
(825) 250-3497 View (825) 250-3497
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Tamara Stuart
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T1X  (Online Only)
I work with individuals with a wide-range of concerns and backgrounds but my main areas of focus are working with anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD and addiction issues. In my therapeutic approach, I aim to understand you and your world. Although people may share the same common symptoms, issues, and life’s ups and downs, no two people experience them exactly the same. It is important for me to understand how you experience your world, so I can help you find solutions that fit for you. Together we will work collaboratively to figure out what is working for you and how to change the things that are not.
I work with individuals with a wide-range of concerns and backgrounds but my main areas of focus are working with anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD and addiction issues. In my therapeutic approach, I aim to understand you and your world. Although people may share the same common symptoms, issues, and life’s ups and downs, no two people experience them exactly the same. It is important for me to understand how you experience your world, so I can help you find solutions that fit for you. Together we will work collaboratively to figure out what is working for you and how to change the things that are not.
(587) 801-2438 View (587) 801-2438
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Mikaela Pahulje
Registered Provisional Psychologist, BSc, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2N
I work with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. As a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, I am passionate about helping kids navigate their way in the world. I can also help with eating disorders, chronic pain and illness, trauma, grief, relationships, separation and divorce, adoption, self-esteem, developmental challenges, sports performance, and other mental health challenges. As well, I am trained in EMDR and Gottman Method for couples. Although there is no manual or script to navigate one’s life, there are certainly opportunities for curiosity and self-awareness to deal with feelings, thoughts, and challenges.
I work with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. As a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, I am passionate about helping kids navigate their way in the world. I can also help with eating disorders, chronic pain and illness, trauma, grief, relationships, separation and divorce, adoption, self-esteem, developmental challenges, sports performance, and other mental health challenges. As well, I am trained in EMDR and Gottman Method for couples. Although there is no manual or script to navigate one’s life, there are certainly opportunities for curiosity and self-awareness to deal with feelings, thoughts, and challenges.
(587) 412-2269 View (587) 412-2269

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What happens in therapy for eating disorders?

In therapy for eating disorders, patients typically describe their eating and exercise behaviors, their patterns of eating in relation to stress, their beliefs about their body, the ways their eating behavior affects their relationships, and their desire (or lack of it) to change. Such information helps the therapist understand the origins of the disorder and the role it plays in the patient’s life, important for guiding treatment. Attitudes and feelings about food and eating, body weight, and physical appearance are common topics of discussion throughout treatment.

What therapy types help with eating disorders?

Once any acute medical or psychiatric emergency is resolved, psychoactive medication is often prescribed, requiring the supervision of a psychiatrist. In addition, patients receive some form of nutritional counseling along with one or more forms of psychotherapy. For adolescents, family-based treatment is empirically validated and considered the first line of treatment; parents and their children meet weekly with a clinician as the adults are coached on how to nourish and psychologically support the young patient. Adults typically receive some form of individual psychotherapy, intended to resolve the cognitive and behavioral disturbances that underlie the disorder and to relieve the mood disturbances that accompany it. In addition, patients may also be helped by group therapy.

What is the goal of therapy for eating disorders?

The most immediate goal of treatment for eating disorders is to save the life of people who are on a path of starving themselves to death or engaging in eating patterns that are doing irreparable physical harm to their body. Once the acute medical danger is past, therapy is required to understand the nature of the disordered eating and/or exercise patterns, establish healthy eating behavior, and to tackle the many erroneous beliefs and distorted self-perceptions that underlie eating disorders and continue to pose a threat to health and life. Therapy also addresses the impaired mood that not only accompanies eating disorders but intensifies the danger to health and life.

What are the limitations of therapy for eating disorders?

Therapy can be very helpful for eating disorders—but that can happen only after people recognize they have a condition that must be treated. Especially with anorexia, the distortions in self-image that accompany the disorder can keep people from acknowledging they have a problem. Individuals may in fact see their eating disorder as a badge of self-control. Those with binge-eating disorder may feel too ashamed to seek help. Therapy cannot help those who do not avail themselves of it.

How long does therapy last for eating disorders?

Because of their complexity, recovery from eating disorders is usually a long-term process—measured in months and years— often marked by setbacks and relapse. Some form of help, such as individual or group therapy, may be advisable for much of that time. It is a general rule of thumb that the longer the illness has endured and the dysregulated eating behavior has taken root, the longer treatment is likely to be needed.