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Looking Glass Residence

Looking Glass offers a publicly funded eating disorder treatment program to 16-24 year old male, female, transgender and culturally diverse individuals from across the province of BC.

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Eating disorders are complex illnesses and can have serious and harmful effects on young people and their families. 

We assess and treat youth and young adults who are diagnosed with eating disorders.

BC Children's Hospital operates the program. Program enhancements such as yoga, art therapy and restaurant outings are funded by the Looking Glass Foundation.

Who we treat

The Looking Glass Residence offers evidence-based treatment including a range of individual, group and family therapies, nutritional rehabilitation and guided recreation and leisure activities that encourage self-awareness, community building and the development of life skills.

Access to the program is by referral only and requires the following:

  • A recent physical exam
  • A recent psychiatric assessment
  • Before- and after-care support by a health care provider
Services we offer
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Education/Family Support

The healthcare team

Our team, includes a multidisciplinary team of medical and mental health professionals with expertise in eating disorders, provides 24/7 care and support.


Before treatment

Individuals may be assessed for treatment at the Looking Glass Residence after participating in community-based eating disorder programs or services, or as part of a transition from specialized inpatient care.


Referrals are accepted by regional eating disorder programs, BC Children's Hospital or the Provincial Adult Tertiary Eating Disorders Program at St. Pauls' Hospital.  In the absence of a regional program, referrals are accepted from primary or secondary services.

Please see referral information with clear instructions of the referral process. 

Pre-Admission Program

The Pre Program is an outpatient group designed to support readiness for recovery at the Looking Glass Residence. 

For ongoing participation in the program, medical and psychiatric stability is necessary, along with a desire to engage in making changes with the eating disorder symptoms. It is important to maintain engagement with the primary care provider and/or community team for the duration of the program. This may look different for each participant depending on the supports available within the local area.

The program takes place every Tuesday for two hours and is facilitated by a nurse clinician and social worker.


The Looking Glass Residence's multidisciplinary program provides a combination of therapy, meal support and education, and psychiatric, medical care in a 24/7 homelike residential environment.

We provide a safe and supportive environment in which to challenge the power of an eating disorder; and learn how to resist using destructive behaviours to cope with daily life.

Please note that consistent with provincial standards for residential treatment programs in British Columbia, clients 19 years and over admitted into publicly-funded beds at Looking Glass Residence are required to pay a daily fee of $45.00. For those receiving income assistance or disability, this per diem fee is paid for by your coverage.

Please see handbook and program schedule for more information, and to help prepare for admission.

Length of stay

The average length of stay is 90 days. Clients must attend for assessment prior to a recommendation for admission to the program.

Post-Discharge Program

The Post Program is an outpatient group designed to support the maintenance phase of recovery in collaboration with the community team.

It takes place every Thursday for up to six months following discharge from LGR. It is facilitated by a nurse clinician and social worker.


Visiting Hours

The Looking Glass Residence welcomes the participation of friends and family members, as part of the care team as they are integral to the residents’ life and provide support, comfort, and important information during their stay at Looking Glass.

Family/friends presence is intended to be flexible in order to respond to the diverse and individual needs and preferences of each resident as well as to foster the safety and privacy of residents, families, and staff.

The Looking Glass Residence is a structured program that includes meal support, groups, and individual appointments with various team members.  

Family is welcome at Looking Glass, however, due to the program structure, visits need to be planned and pre-arranged with the resident and Looking Glass staff.  

Residents are most likely to be available during the following times:

  • Monday to Friday from 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm.
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays throughout the day as pre- planned with the resident and treatment team.
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