Program Renovation in Progress
All programming at Danielle’s Place has been put on hold until March 2017. 

Reach Out Centre for Kids continues to conduct a review with our partners and families and will be introducing future programming that includes new groups that focus on the prevention and early intervention for children and youth that struggle with food and weight preoccupation, and disordered eating.
 
Please Note: Danielle’s Place does not provide services for youth or adults that have experienced significant weight loss. If you or your child is concerned about weight loss please seek attention from a family physician.
Resources for Children and Youth (Up to 17 years)

CMHA Canadian Mental Health Association

Free walk-in counselling services are offered every week in Milton, Burlington, and Oakville. Talk one-on-one with our friendly, qualified counsellors who will help you find ways to improve your wellness, cope better, and create positive solutions to life’s challenges.

  • Milton: every Monday, 1 pm to 7 pm, at the John Howard Society, 191 Main Street East
  • Burlington: every Tuesday, 1 pm to 7 pm, at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662 Guelph Line
  • Oakville: every Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm, at the CMHA-HRB office, 1540 Cornwall Road
No appointments necessary. First come, first served. Ages 16+.

For more information please visit: http://halton.cmha.ca/news/free-walk-in-counseling/#.WH5nYrYrKi4

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Resources for Youth and Adults over 17 years
If you are over the age of 17 and have concerns about having an eating disorder we support you to begin with your family doctor to schedule a check up. This can be the first step in getting a referral to an eating disorder treatment centre. 

Additional Resources that are valuable include: 

National Eating Disorder Information Centre: Phone Help-Line 1-866-633-4220 Looking for help at NEDIC? 

In Hamilton call 24-hour Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) at 905.972.8338 or click here

Sheena’s Place: Support for Eating Disorders. Call 416-927-8900 or go to Sheena's Place

Canadian Mental Health Association in Halton has Walk-In Services in Oakville on Tuesdays from 10am – 2pm. No appointment needed.  Contact CMHA Halton

SAVIS Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Service – Access their 24 hour support line at 905.875.1555 or go to SAVIS.
Speak to a Professional
Sometimes, the challenges I have are bigger than what I can manage. In these moments it is common to feel overwhelmed, distressed and struggle to make good, positive choices. 

In these moments it is a strong decision to call and speak with a professional about coping strategies and options moving forward. Please call or visit: 

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC): Phone the Help-Line at 1-866-633-4220 or click here

Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 for 24/7 Anonymous Free Confidential support for ages 20 and under or click here

In Halton call Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) – Crisis Line: Call 905-878-9785. 24/7 Crisis Line for Youth up to age 18 or their parents/guardians or click here

In Hamilton call 24-hour Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) at 905.972.8338 or click here

In Halton call the 24-hour Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Service (SAVIS) support line at 905.875.1555 or click here.
Our Support Programs

We want to provide you with support that best meets your needs!

Danielle's Place, Ontario, BurlingtonYour input will assist us in developing our programs. Please take a few minutes to download the attached survey and let us know what programs and services would be most helpful for you.

Download our Program Survey here!

All groups are delivered through the dedication of qualified volunteer facilitators.

Remember that Danielle’s Place offers individual support and information appointments from Monday to Friday each week and we strive to respond to all calls/e-mail inquiries within 24 hours. Registration is required for all but the drop in groups.

All support services offered at Danielle’s Place are free of charge.
Adult Group
10 week closed group offering education, discussion and support to adults who have a variety of food restriction behaviours or body image issues. Registration Required.
Anxiety Reduction Sessions
Opportunity to try a variety of therapies such as Reiki & Reflexology at no cost. By appointment only.
BreakingThe BINGE Cycle
Variable length, semi structured group for people who binge or have food addictions only. Not appropriate for anyone also struggling with food restriction. Registration required.
Bulimia Group
10 week closed group offering education, discussion and support to adults who struggle with bulimia and related issues. Registration Required.
Family & Friends

8 Week education, resources and support for parents, family or close friends of someone with an eating disorder. Registration required.

Meditation
Ongoing weekly sessions of guided meditation. Sign in weekly.
Yoga
Ongoing weekly sessions of gentle yoga focused on relaxation techniques. Sign in weekly.
Youth Group

10 Week closed group offering education, discussion and support to adolescents with eating disorders. Registration Required.


Eating Disorder Definitions

What are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are complex illnesses that are a result of psychological, biological and social issues. Eating disorders are not limited by age or gender. They affect children, teens and adults as well as both men and women. While eating disorders are characterized by unhealthy behaviors around food, they are not exclusively about food or the body. There is usually something else going on causing the individual to focus on controlling or obsessing about their food and often their weight. For instance, anxiety, trauma, depression and self-worth can contribute to the start of an eating disorder. 

Many people with eating disorders also have difficulty managing their emotion. They can find it difficult to experience their emotions and therefore tend to avoid uncomfortable feelings or they may become overwhelmed by intense emotions and have difficulty calming themselves down. There can be a lot of secrecy around eating, exercise, and other techniques used for weight loss as well as strong feelings of anxiety, guilt and shame.

Three common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Sometimes medical professionals use the term Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified when there are different combinations and types of symptoms than are typically found in one of the 3 main types of eating disorders.  All types, however, can seriously affect your health.

Why get help?

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder and need to be taken very seriously. Dealing with your eating disorder as soon as possible, in an early stage, is very important.  Research shows that obtaining help within the first year will lead to a faster recovery time and helps prevent symptoms from becoming chronic. The following are examples of just a few of the physical consequences eating disorders can have on your body:
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Low heart rate
  • Heart failure
  • Dental problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Inflammation and/or rupturing of esophagus from vomiting
  • Muscle loss/weakness
  • Damage to major organs.
  • Lifelong infertility

If you are concerned about your behaviors around food and think you may have an eating disorder, speak to your doctor or contact us at Danielle’s Place for more information and support.

Definitions:

Anorexia Nervosa:
Anorexia is characterized by distorted body image and excessive dieting that leads to extreme weight loss. The obsession with controlling eating can come from the feeling or belief that by controlling food and the body we can control our lives.

Common symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa are:
  • Losing large amounts of weight
  • An obsessive desire to be thinner
  • Inability to maintain normal weight for your age and height
  • Using laxatives or diet pills, vomiting and excessive exercise to rid the body of food
  • Extreme fear of weight gain
  • Being unable to see your body as it really is

Bulimia Nervosa:
Bulimia is characterized by cycles of bingeing (eating excessive amounts of food at one time) and purging (such as self-induced vomiting or use of laxatives). This cycle of behavior is often an attempt to regulate feelings and worries. People with Bulimia may maintain a normal weight but can still be doing considerable harm to themselves and their bodies.

Common Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa are:
  • Repeated episodes of bingeing and purging
  • Feeling out of control while eating
  • Using laxatives or diet pills, vomiting and excessive exercise to rid the body of food
  • Frequent dieting
  • Using body shape and weight as a measure of their worth

Binge Eating Disorder:
People with Binge Eating Disorder eat excessive amounts of food at one time. Binge eating can be a response to hunger as a result of dieting or restricting. It is also a way to comfort and avoid feelings and self-sooth. People with Binge Eating Disorder do not usually try to compensate for their eating by purging or over exercising.

Common Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder are:
  • Eating large amounts of food frequently and at one time.
  • Feeling out of control and unable to stop while eating.
  • Feeling guilt and shame about binges.
  • Eating in secret.
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