Eating Disorders Recovery Coaching

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Feeling Scared To Eat? Or Tired Of Overeating?

Are you struggling with malnourishment because you’re restricting your diet and striving to meet the “thin ideal”?

Do you have a hard time trusting your body when it’s giving you hunger or fullness cues?

Have you been isolating yourself because the disorder wants you to keep it a secret?

Perhaps for as long as you can remember, you’ve defined yourself by your size, shape, and weight. You’re probably ashamed of your behaviors and wish you didn’t feel the need to seek approval by being thin. Maybe deep down, you have an intense fear that recovery may be next to impossible.

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The Intense Fear Of Weight Gain Is Only One Of Many Eating Disorder Symptoms

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Maybe you’re so caught up with how much or little you eat and how much you weigh that you’re experiencing the following:

  • Stress upon waking
  • Feeling ashamed of previous behaviors or desperately trying to control current behavior.
  • Feeling obligated to exercise for hours each day
  • Feeling like the eating disorder is your closest friend
  • Feeling lonely and binge eating at night as a release from a busy day
  • Chronic negative thoughts
  • Preoccupation with food and withdrawal from social activities.
  • Terrified of comments from others about your larger body
  • Overwhelming guilt after eating, with urges to exercise or restrict food intake the next day.
  • Constant comparison of your body to others.
  • Checking your body in the mirror multiple times a day
  • Frequent weighing
  • Limiting what you eat to only a few items that feel “safe”
  • Searching for the next weight-loss cure
  • Hair falling out and other physical consequences of malnutrition

You no longer have to feel like you need to hide parts of yourself. With the help of an experienced, understanding recovery coach, you can learn how to heal from your eating disorder and have a healthy relationship with food and movement.

Eating Disorders Are On The Rise

Eating disorders are incredibly common. In fact, it’s highly likely that within your social circles or community, you may know someone grappling with an eating disorder. Approximately 9% or 28.8 million Americans have or will have an eating disorder in their lifetime.

There are so many stressors that can trigger an ED, for example, the COVID-19 crisis, which significantly impacted many people’s lives. The distress stemming from the pandemic, coupled with feelings of isolation and the sudden shift to a new reality, prompted people to resort to various coping mechanisms. In such uncertain times, it’s easy to search for comfort and a semblance of control.

Modern Society Is Obsessed With Attaining Unrealistic Beauty Standards

In our culture, women are expected to conform to unrealistic standards of thinness, fostering a damaging mindset where being thin equates to discipline while being larger is unfairly labeled as laziness or self-indulgence. Public shaming of those who don’t fit these standards is a common occurrence. The media exacerbates this issue by predominantly showcasing very thin women in powerful roles, further perpetuating the idea that thinness equates to status, opportunity, and worthiness.

However, our bodies come in diverse shapes and sizes, and some are naturally larger. Despite this truth, certain families place an undue emphasis on being thin, fitness, and what they perceive as “wellness,” often tying love and acceptance to adherence to these standards. This often creates disordered thought patterns such as “thinness = safety”.

Economic disparities make it more challenging for people of lower-income backgrounds to access or afford what’s deemed “healthy” food. They are also shamed for eating available foods that may increase weight.

Although these societal expectations cause us to believe that something may be wrong with us or we need to change the way we look, this isn’t true. With eating disorder recovery coaching, you can feel healthier and happier about your body and eating habits. You can learn to value your “essence” and keep “appearance” in proper perspective.

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Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching Helps Restore Your Enjoyment Of Food

At Artsy Recovery Coach, you can openly discuss your disorder without fear of criticism. Together, we’ll work on identifying the voice of your eating disorder and learning to challenge it.

It’s important for you to feel comfortable sharing the truth about what your eating disorder is saying to you, as well as expressing any fears you may have about changing behaviors or experiencing changes in your body. This is a safe space where you can explore those uncomfortable feelings and gradually become more at ease with them, knowing that you’re supported by someone you can trust.

I often share my own stories to help create a sense of comfort and understanding during our sessions.

Your experiences are important to me, and I genuinely want to know what’s working for you and what isn’t. Your feedback guides our work together and helps tailor our approach to best suit your needs.

Throughout our sessions, I’ll check in with you frequently to see how you’re feeling at the moment. Your well-being is my priority, and I’m here to provide support and encouragement every step of the way.

My Approach To
Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching

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In my eating disorder recovery coaching sessions, I use a range of skills and techniques to support your journey toward healing and self-discovery.

I begin our sessions with grounding and relaxation practices to create a supportive and nurturing environment. I celebrate your successes and provide reading, writing assignments, and coaching exercises to help you identify the voice of your eating disorder, challenge it, and strengthen your healthy self.

Mindfulness, breathwork, and compassion meditations are common techniques I use to help you foster a deeper connection with your thoughts and emotions. These exercises allow you to better connect with your feelings, sensations, and vision for your life.

During sessions, we may also explore expressive arts such as collage, drawing, or painting, allowing you to externalize your feelings and visions, providing a nonverbal means of expression and exploration.

Throughout our work together, I make myself available via text so you can reach out in tough moments. I will also remind you of your goals and acknowledge your progress.

 I challenge your patterns by offering observations without judgment, empowering you to become more self-aware and address your true needs without resorting to eating disorder behaviors. You’ll learn to cultivate healthy coping mechanisms and behaviors, such as reaching out to friends, engaging in gentle physical activity, or expressing yourself creatively.

As we progress, you’ll discover a vision for your life and begin living it fully. You’ll experience improved concentration, stabilized mood, greater acceptance of your body, and a more holistic view of your worth beyond shape and size. Through our work together, you’ll awaken your creativity and learn to advocate for yourself with confidence and clarity.

Additionally, I recommend resources such as “8 Keys to Recovering from an Eating Disorder” by Carolyn Costin, providing homework assignments to review and discuss in our sessions.

At Artsy Recovery Coach, we’ll embark on a journey to help you experience healing and transformation from your eating disorder, empowering you to reclaim your life and thrive as your authentic self.

You May Be Considering Eating Disorder Coaching But Have More Questions…

I can understand your skepticism! Coaching is effective because I am in a unique position to help you thanks to my lived experience (disordered for 27 years and recovered since 2003). You can feel free to text me when disordered urges arise and I'm right there reminding you of your true goals and constructive strategies for regulating your feelings.

My hope is that you will utilize coaching for a finite period and then fly off like a beautiful butterfly, living the life you envisioned. I cannot predict how long that will take, but I initially recommend at least three months. Some clients are so relieved to have someone to talk to— someone who finally understands—that they make progress within the first few weeks! We can assess the efficacy of coaching regularly to ensure you're getting value from your investment.

Coaching is an investment in YOU! It is a temporary expense and when you compare it to the cost of residential treatment, it is a great deal less. You are welcome to try coaching and decide if it meets your needs. It will take at least one month to make your fair assessment. I realize it is a financial commitment, and I encourage you to think it through to be sure this is the right time to begin. Coaching is not currently covered by insurance.

Enjoying Food And Living Confidently Is Possible

If you are struggling with an eating disorder and need the guidance and support of a compassionate, experienced coach to help you heal and thrive— Artsy Recovery Coach can help you live the life you’ve always wanted.

Visit my contact page to schedule your free 30-minute consultation or to schedule an appointment. You can be free and live your vision!