Located in Brandon, the second-largest city in the province of Manitoba, Canada, Westwind Counseling is a behavioral health facility founded in 1998. Westwind offers a wide range of treatment options for women and girls struggling with eating disorders and related behavioral health issues. The organization takes a multi-faceted approach to treatment with expansive and individualized treatment planning. Though it also offers more flexible outpatient and online counseling options, those in need of more intensive care can also attend residential treatment programs lasting several months.
Accommodations and Food
The Westwind Counseling house is a three-story home, which is over 100 years old. It can host up to five clients at a time in all private bedrooms. Rooms come equipped with queen-sized beds, bedside tables, dressers, wood floors and closet space. The house also features therapy rooms and lounges with comfortable furniture, a grassy yard, cable TV and WiFi, and a fully-equipped kitchen.
As a non-lockdown facility, clients can also come and go as they please throughout the day. Throughout their stay, residents are served three nutritious meals a day with the help of on-staff nutritionists and chefs.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning a program, all clients go through a free initial intake and assessment process either in person or on Skype to help staff members determine their needs. Since the primary focus is eating disorders, on-site detox and stabilization services are not available, but referrals can be made whenever necessary. In essence, the program at Westwind Counseling is something of a blend between transitional living and residential treatment. Though the specifics of treatment may vary from client to client, residential stays typically last for three months.
While residents are granted plenty of independence, they still must attend individual and group therapy every day. These sessions include evidence-based treatment practices such as CBT, DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Nutritional counseling is also a major part of each program, namely teaching clients to be more comfortable with food as well as how to cook, plan and prepare meals.
Group sessions cover many topics including meditation, mindfulness, self-esteem, healthy body image, spiritual counseling and personal training. Exposure therapy may also be used in the form of supervised restaurant meals or trips to the grocery store. Dual diagnosis support is available as well, although clients with more severe psychiatric issues may need to seek additional help elsewhere. Similarly, 12-step participation is not required.
The staff at Westwind Counseling consists of certified counselors, dietitians, yoga instructors, psychologists and additional Master’s-level clinicians.
The organization also offers more flexible options such as online counseling and in-person outpatient care as necessary. The latter includes standalone individual therapy, nutritional counseling and family counseling whenever necessary. Online educational modules are also available. Finally, clients who complete a primary care regimen can also work with staff members to develop aftercare plans.
Overall, Westwind Counseling is a well-equipped facility that offers a wide range of eating disorder services for women. Treatment is evidence-based and includes basic dual diagnosis support, nutritional counseling, educational groups and online-based therapy whenever necessary. Unlike many facilities, residential treatment is lenient enough to allow residents the freedom to come and go as they please while they aren’t in therapy. Though residents in need of more intensive psychiatric care may need to seek additional aid, Westwind Counseling’s residential program is a strong resource for women in the area.
1605 Victoria Ave
Canada R7A 1C1
Westwind Counseling Cost: $7,000 CAD [$5,511 per publishing day exchange rate] (30 days). Reach Westwind Counseling by phone at (204) 728-2499 and (888) 353-3372 or by email at [email protected]. Find Westwind Counseling on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube
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