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Eating disorders run across a spectrum of symptoms that can be a subjective and extremely personal challenge.

Are you at a point where you’re concerned that your relationship with food, exercise and/or body image has become problematic? 

Have you been diagnosed with an eating disorder but feeling uncomfortable with entering a treatment facility and you’re looking for other options?

Are you exploring the possibility of healing your relationship with food, exercise and/or your body but you’re not sure where to start?

Are you transitioning out of treatment and looking for support in maintaining your recovery?

Have you been diagnosed with an eating disorder but you’re on a waitlist for admission into a treatment program and you’re not sure what to do in the meantime?

Are you ready for change but feeling lost and left alone to navigate your own thoughts and behaviours around eating, food, and body image?

If you answered yes to any of the above, know that you are not alone. A nearly $60+ billion USD dieting industry was designed to feed off our cultural obsessions and insecurities regarding weight, health, and appearance. The diet industry is not the only culprit for our suffering but it can certainly act as a catalyst for unhealthy and disconnected relationships to our bodies. For many, dieting and exercise provide a false-sense of control… until those behaviours eventually make us feel totally out of control.

Add to that a Canadian health care system that cannot fully and adequately address problems related to body image and eating disorders. Systemic barriers, such as these, can get in the way for far too many folks:

The Bottom Line:

 An unfair burden is placed on those help-seeking. Of having to continually advocate for your care and/or resigning to the options available (or not available) to you.

Body image disturbances, disordered eating, obsessive exercise, and eating disorders do not necessarily fit into a neat, clinical diagnosis. Rather, eating disorders run across a spectrum of symptoms that can be a subjective and extremely personal challenge.

You do not need to have a diagnosed illness in order to receive the support & care that you need.

Welcome to Under the Lilac Tree:

Cultivating the recovery journey with you

At Under the Lilac Tree, our intention is to support you in your recovery journey – at whatever stage you are at in your journey, across the spectrum of disordered eating behaviours.

We offer a Circle of Care approach where you decide how treatment and recovery will look for you.

Under the Lilac Tree attempts to address some of the obstacles to eating disorder recovery by way of our service:

Our Team

Michelle Pitman

Michelle Pitman - Program Director

Julie Barn

Julie Sweeney, Counsellor, RSSW

Lori Short-Zamudio

Lori Short-Zamudio, BASc, RD