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. do you offer services for people with over eating and/or binge eating?
Yes. We offer individual and group support as well as workshops specifically for those struggling with over eating and/or binge eating.
Q3. 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. We are a not-for-profit and rely on donations and grants to survive.
Q4. Which services are covered by ohip?
Some of our services are covered by OHIP, while others are free of charge.
Q5. can you help me with my weight loss goals?
At Body Brave we do not focus on weight loss. 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.
Q6. 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.
Q7. Do you offer individual psychotherapy?
Family doctor and psychotherapist Karen Trollope offers individual psychotherapy at Body Brave and we can also refer you to well-reputed psychotherapists and counsellors in the area with knowledge of eating disorders and body image issues.
Q8. 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.
Q9. 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 such as individual psychotherapy.
Q10. 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.
Q11. 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.
Q12. 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 workshops and group support.
Q13. 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 team members. 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.