Eating Disorders Developmental Needs Meeting Therapy

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders comprise a range of attitudes and behaviors relating to food and body-image. The three main eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and ED NOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). These conditions manifest to different degrees in different people and can sometimes be mistakenly judged as poor eating habits, or a lack of willpower.

People with eating disorders don't eat in harmony with their bodies' needs, instead, people with Anorexia Nervosa eat much less than they need, while Bulimia sufferers binge and then induce vomiting. They may also do other things to compensate for overeating, including exercising or fasting. ED NOS combines any combination of the other two conditions.

Apart from the physical symptoms and behaviors above, someone with an eating disorder will generally also have poor self-esteem and obsessively research or talk about food, dieting or exercise. Poor body image will cause them to either wear clothes that cover up every inch of their bodies, or flaunt  in order to attract attention. They will find it hard to accept criticism and compliments.

Therapy for eating disorders depend on the patient. While some people respond well to short term outpatient treatment, others respond better to long-term inpatient treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy are long term treatments that have been proven to be effective, while group therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapies and feminist therapies work for people who will respond well to short term therapy.

Family therapy is often advised for children and adolescents who are experiencing eating disorders. Research has also shown dialectical behavioral therapy to be effective.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who addresses eating disorders, you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Developmental Needs Meeting Therapy, Mindfulness approaches

DNMS therapists believe that when certain needs are not met during childhood, a client will maintain a childlike state specific to that inadequacy into adulthood.

Sexual, verbal or physical abuse, as well as traumatic experiences, attachment issues and rejection can all result in a range of issues which can be addressed through Developmental Needs Meeting Therapy.

In the earlier stages of therapy, therapists will help clients to connect to their own inner resources, including a protective, nurturing and spiritual self. When these resources are integrated, the client will discover how to heal the child states within them. As a result of this emotional healing, a client will experience more positive behaviours and emotions through healing the wounded child-egos within.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Developmental Needs Meeting Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Mindfulness approaches help clients to be focused in the here and now. Generally rooted in Eastern meditative techniques,  Mindfulness approaches offer a non-judgmental alternative therapy for dealing with stress and other psychological issues.

By observing worrisome thoughts and learning to accept situations for what they are, people can learn to cope with issues better and make more productive choices.

Mindfulness approaches include a range of models, including dialectical behaviour therapy,  mindfulness-based stress reduction, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. These approaches can be used in a wide range of settings to reduce the symptoms of a broad spectrum of psychological issues.  These therapies can be practiced effectively in individual or group therapy.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Mindfulness approaches, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Lisa Moore

M.A., RCC
Transitions Counselling Centre's mission is to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives.  Many of us experience loss, grief, unhappiness or a sense of loss when we transition from... Read more

Paulo Matos

Ph.D., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a combined 25 years education and experience in counselling. I have a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counselling Psychology and master's degrees from Harvard University (Ed.M.) and... Read more

Stephen Barker

M.A., RCC
Stephen is a registered clinical counsellor with the BCACC and has a Master’s in Counselling Psychology. He has been practicing family therapy for 20 years, both in the non-profit sector and as a private... Read more

Caitlin Celinski

M.A., RCC
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My therapeutic approach is grounded in the belief that we all have the capacity for change and continual growth. No problem is insurmountable, sometimes we just need a little help – whether we feel slightly stuck... Read more

Dianne Leitch

M.Couns., RCC
Dianne Leitch, BComm, Master of Counselling, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in North Vancouver. She welcomes individuals and couples facing concerns with infertility, relationships,... Read more

Candida Moreira

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor providing services in Richmond, New Westminster, Coquitlam and Burnaby. I work collaboratively with clients, their families, as well as other professionals who may be involved in... Read more

Mary Smyth

M.Sc., CCC
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    • Online booking
I am a Certified Canadian Counsellor and I trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist which enables me to work with clients drawing from  many modalities according to the individual client and what he... Read more

Karen Ergas

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Karen Ergas is a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working with individuals who have eating disorders. She worked at St. Paul's Hospital Eating Disorders Program from 1994-2011.... Read more

Mary Longworth

M.Sc., RCC
Mary Longworth is in private practice (Delta Counselling) in the South Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner and New Westminster regions since receiving her M.Sc. in marital, family and child counselling in 1995. Mary is a... Read more

Danielle Aldcorn

M.A., RCC
Danielle Aldcorn, BSW, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Director of Satori Integrative Health Centre. Her primary areas of practice are child, adolescent and family counselling for anxiety, behaviour... Read more

Megan Pinfield

Ph.D., RCC
 I have been practicing as a clinical counsellor for over 15 years. I specialize in working with individuals having difficulty creating the kinds of relationships they want in their life. Nobody is broken. But... Read more

Shirley Friesen

M.A., R.Psych
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Shirley is passionate about helping people work through issues that are keeping them stuck or overwhelmed by creating a safe space and cultivating a supportive, collaborative relationship with her clients. ... Read more

Suzanne Williams

M.Couns., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a BA in Psychology. The first part of my professional career has been as an entrepreneur and small business owner. After completing... Read more

Sarah Becker

Ph.D. (cand), RCC
I believe that my role as a counsellor involves walking alongside my clients while offering an objective and informed perspective. Because I often see people who are seeking change, my goal is to help my clients... Read more

Kristina Sohal

M.A., RCC
Loss of Self I help clients get their self power back, restores their self-confidence allowing them to have a better life. My clients learn their negative beliefs, and their self-beating criticisms, and their cycle of... Read more

Heather Bach

M.A., CCC
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Bach Counselling group provide secured online counselling to ensure your counselling is consistent and safe for you, your family and our staff. Virtual counselling uses secure and user friendly technology to create... Read more

Gail Lyons

M.A., RCC
My approach to psychotherapy is informed by the belief that we are meant to grow and develop as individuals throughout our lives. This development requires a dialogue between our conscious self and the unconscious (that... Read more

Jan Fleming

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 15 years of experience as a therapist helping people improve the quality of their lives. With my unique combination of training and experience I help people see their... Read more

Paula Wise

M.A., RCC
Paula is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with people... Read more

Colleen Stewart

M.S.W., RSW
*For Covid-19:  Now offering telehealth /videoconferencing through doxy.me, a secure site!   Therapeutic Approach Colleen’s training and therapeutic approach stem from an anti-oppressive lens... Read more

Mila Skeeles

M.A., CCC
Like many people, I grew up in an environment where we didn’t talk about our struggles and emotions. From an early age, I learned to keep the difficult things inside and deal with my emotions on my own. Although I... Read more

Shannon Simms

M.A., CCC
*JUNE 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: I am beginning the process of gradual re-opening, now offering BOTH in-person & tele-behavioural health sessions. For more info, please see my website.... Read more

Kelly Archer

M.A., RCC
Kelly is a young and energetic therapist who has a strong passion for working with children and youth. Kelly has worked extensively in clinical, outreach, government and school settings as a therapist for children and... Read more

Hajera Rostam

Ph.D., R.Psych
Please note that during the COVID-10 crisis, I am only able to provide clients virtual/phone counselling and consultation. Thank you!   As a registered psychologist, I believe in my clients’ resilience... Read more

Carolyn Jarvis

B.S.W., RSW
Please note given the unprecedented times we find ourselves in with COVID 19, I have expanded my practice hours and I'm accepting new clients for telephone and virtual counselling sessions. If you find yourself... Read more

Mark Davies

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr Mark Davies earned his Doctorate at the Universy of Alberta in Counselling Pschology and has been a registered psychologist since 1995. From 1995 to 2007 Mark has been a full time faculty member at Carey Theological... Read more

Joyce Barwis

, RCC
  Joyce Barwis is a Masters Level Registered Clinical Counsellor providing the support you need to make significant, fundamental, and lasting change in your life. With over 35 years of practice behind her, Joyce... Read more

Alma Vaugeois

M.A., RCC
You Don't Have to let Anxiety Run Your Life!Are you struggling in your life with anxiety or fear that you can't manage ?Does your anxiety keep you from following your dreams and creating the life you want ?... Read more

Colleen Wilkie

Ph.D., R.Psych
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COVID-19:  Although restrictions have been lifted for in-person counselling and therapy I am continuing to work remotely (by phone or secure video) for now. Please contact me for more information about my current... Read more

Kari-Ann Thor

M.Ed., RCC
A Bit About Käri-Ann: I have had a part-time private counselling practice since 2003 and come from a history of Outdoor Education as my first career, followed by over 20 years working in the social service sector... Read more