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Looking Glass Residence

In collaboration with the Looking Glass Foundation, we offer an extensive, structured program for BC residents aged 16 to 24 years with eating disorders in a home-like, therapeutic environment.

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.

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. 


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, patients 19 years and over admitted into publicly-funded beds at Looking Glass Residence are required to pay a daily fee of $30.90. For those receiving income assistance or disability, this per diem fee is paid for by your coverage.

Length of stay

Average length of stay is 90 days.


Please use the checklist to help guide your decisions. If you have any questions or require clarification, please contact the Intake Coordinator

Required to Bring:

  • Your BC Care Card and prescription card for 3rd Party Billing
  • A record of immunizations
  • 3 days' worth of your current medications in their original containers (please do not transfer)

Recommended to Bring: 

  • Preferably a soft duffle bag for your belongings, one that will fit under the bed
  • Seasonal clothing: shorts, t-shirts (summer); coat, sweaters, gloves, hat, scarf (winter)
  • Rain jacket
  • Boots, tennis shoes and proper footwear for outdoor groups
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Active wear appropriate for physical activity
  • Casual daywear e.g. casual ‘modest’ daywear (not revealing, tight or too short) 
  • Robe, slippers, nightwear
  • Favourite game, stuffed animal etc.
  • Personal hygiene products (pads/tampons/etc.)
  • Comb, brush
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Cosmetics (no mirrors)
  • Calling card for necessary phone calls
  • Stationary, stamps, envelopes
  • Pencils, pens, notepads
  • Reading materials
  • Pictures of family and friends (unbreakable glass only)Small backpack
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle 

Optional Items:

Cell Phones: You may want your cell phone when going on a home pass. Your cell phone will be held at the team station until you leave for a home pass. Looking Glass Residence does not assume liability for damaged or lost items.

Computers:  you may bring your laptop with you to use for school work. Your laptop will be held at the team station until dedicated computer time. Looking Glass Residence does not assume liability for damaged or lost items.

Items Not to Bring: 

Looking Glass Residence staff members are required to check for these items upon admission and during your stay. If these items are found they will be removed and kept at the team station. Also keep in mind that Looking Glass is a scent-free zone.

  • Any items restricted by law
  • No pills or vitamins aside from your 3 days' worth of prescription medications
  • Candles or incense
  • Lighters or matches
  • Glass containers, bottles, glass in picture frames, mirrors
  • Aerosol cans
  • MP3 players/iPads
  • Cameras
  • Beauty Magazines
  • Perfumes/scents
  • Nail Polish 

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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