Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Do i require a diagnosis or a referral from a doctor?
Although we offer services for conditions ranging from anorexia, to bulimia to binge eating, we do not require any formal diagnosis. We also don't require a referral. If you feel food/body image issues are affecting your quality of life, we encourage you to reach out!
Q2. Does body brave only take people struggling with food, weight and body image issues?
No. Our clinical social worker, Clare Cruickshank, also sees people struggling with anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma and low self-esteem.
Q3. do you offer services for people with over eating and/or binge eating?
Yes. We offer individual counseling and group support specifically for those struggling with over eating and/or binge eating.
Q4. How much do services cost at Body Brave?
Core Body Brave groups are covered by OHIP and so are available to clients at no charge. These include: Living Body Brave, Brave at Every Size, Coping With Anxiety and Staying Body Brave. Some of our other services such as yoga and art workshops are offered on a sliding scale. We are a not-for-profit. We keep our fees as low as possible and all money goes towards covering the basic costs of running our programs. However, cost should never be barrier to receiving support. If price is an issue, please contact us directly. We do not turn people away and our program fees are on a sliding scale.
Q5. Which services are covered by ohip?
One of our psychotherapists is covered by OHIP as well as many of our groups. For a full list, see the previous question and answer. All of our other services are on a sliding scale. We do not turn people away. Please contact us personally if finances are a concern.
Q6. can you help me with my weight loss goals?
At Body Brave we do not focus on weight loss but rather, our goal is to help you develop a set of tools and skills to manage emotions and distressing behaviours, as well as approach your body and eating in a healthier, more accepting way. We also look at the underlying issues that might be driving the disordered eating or eating disorder. We are an anti-diet, body positive, size inclusive community.
Q7. what can i expect in body brave groups?
Many people are hesistant to join a support group for fear of being triggered or being different than everyone else. Although being triggered is always a possibility, groups are facilitated by a professional and a peer and we establish clear ground rules to keep individuals as safe and comfortable as possible. No one is medically forced to attend Body Brave sessions so you'll meet people who are usually quite motivated in their recovery. We see all ages, genders and body shapes and sizes at our groups. Contact us to find out which group might be best suited to our needs.
Q8. what can i expect in one-on-one sessions?
Our psychotherapists will build a recovery plan with you. Using psychotherapy approaches such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, we help you build a set of tools and skills that we will help you make behavioural changes and manage difficult emotions. Depending on what you feel would be helpful for you, we develop a tailoured approach with the awareness that each person requires something different.
Q9. what kind of approach do you take at body brave?
At Body Brave, we offer a variety of different approaches. Not everything works for everyone. We work with you to determine which skills, tools and approach works best for you. We are anti-diet, body positive and size inclusive community. We are not a substitute for inpatient or outpatient treatment. Our focus is more on support.
Q10. I've never admitted or addressed my eating disorder before. is body brave the right place for me?
Body Brave is a great starting point. We offer a low stress environment for you to begin addressing your issues. We are non-judgemental and know that recovery can be a long and difficult process. We can also refer you onto to an outpatient or inpatient treatment program as well as other resources in the community.
Q11. can i come to body brave instead of going into an inpatient or outpatient program?
No. We are not a substitute for treatment. Our focus is more on support. Eating disorders are very dangerous and many people do require treatment at some point on their journeys. We can help you find a treatment program and we are happy to support you as you wait for admission.
Q12. is everyone who comes to body brave young, thin and female?
No. This is a common misconception. We see a wide range of ages, genders and body shapes and sizes here.
Q13. do you offer counseling for family and friends of people struggling?
Yes. Supporting someone struggling with body image issues, disordered eating or an eating disorder can be a very difficult thing. We encourage family and friends to reach out for help. Your mental health is important too! We offer psychotherapy and group support.
Q14. i don't know if i'm ready to recover. can i still come to body brave?
Yes. We acknowledge that building up the courage to recover takes time and is not an easy decision. We encourage you to come anyways and make a recovery plan with one of our psychotherapists. You never know what might help you on your road to recovery.
Q15. does body brave offer medical services?
At Body Brave, we do not do any medical monitoring. You will need to be monitored by a family doctor.