Recovery is Possible.
After two decades in the field of eating disorders, I have continually explored new definitions of recovery. I believe that it is time that we move beyond the simple notion of symptom reduction when we think about eating disorders recovery to consider what it means to be free of disordered eating and “at home” in our bodies. Recovery means that we are living a life that is fully “embodied” in the present moment experience.
- Recovery means that we can answer the question “How do I know I have a body”? using descriptive words that describe our internal physical experience
- Recovery means that we can identify and trust body signals such as sensations, heart rate, tension, or breathing
- Recovery means that we are regulating at the level of the nervous system rather than using food or exercise to regulate our emotions
- Recovery means that we are congruent with what we feel inside and how we act on the outside
- Recovery means that we can say “yes” to what we want in life and “no” to what we do not want
- Recovery means that we can identify, express, and take-in (digest) relational support when it is available
Individuals often ask me if recovery from food and body image issues is possible. The answer is YES.
I have witnessed hundreds of individuals free themselves from unhealthy relationships with food and the body. Honestly, it takes work and the process can take time. But it is possible. Food and body image concerns ARE about food and ARE NOT about food. Having a provider who understands this and specializes in eating disorders can make all the difference. And, research suggests that working with a team of professionals (therapist, dietitian, bodyworker, and physician) provides the structure and support needed to promote long-lasting change in the body and mind.
I offer an integrative approach that is focused on supporting you as you:
- Develop insight into your struggle
- Learn to cultivate trust in the body
- Develop the capacity to regulate your emotions and nervous system
- Unplug from destructive thoughts
- Rediscover your “self”
- Reduce shame
- Experience ease in your relationships
If you are motivated to free yourself from a destructive relationship with food; if you desire a more compassion relationship with your body, contact me for a FREE 20- minute consultation.
Listen to Paula and Rachel talk about their training for eating disorder professionals, Embodied Recovery is a new model of eating disorder treatment that goes beyond the limitations of talk therapy.