I am a Carolyn Costin Institute certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach. My recovery coaching provides practical online and face-to-face eating disorder recovery support services, which are personalised, affordable and accessible no matter where you live in the world.
- You cannot tell how deep a person’s suffering is by looking at them. An eating disorder goes far beyond the physical manifestations.
- Recovery from an eating disorder is not about being ‘better adapted,’ it is about having the freedom to live your life as a fully integrated person.
- Recovery is not just about healing your relationship with food, it is about healing your relationship with life.
- Recovery is about finding meaning and purpose outside of your eating disorder – this is what will keep you well.
- Recovery will be the hardest thing you have ever done, but can also be the most rewarding thing you will ever do.
- I cannot make you give up your eating disorder, but I will show you how to reclaim yourself, and create a life for you that includes peace, joy and fulfilment.
What do I do as an eating disorder coach?
|Support you in situations where it is not possible for your treatment team to be available.|
|Provide you with meal support and accountability.|
|Support you whilst you transition from residential or day treatment. Meet you at your school, college or workplace to help you navigate difficult situations.|
|Work alongside your treatment team and loved ones, to help you achieve your recovery goals|
I align with Carolyn Costin’s definition of recovery in her book; 8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder;
Being Recovered is when a person can accept his or her natural body size and shape and no longer has a self-destructive relationship with food or exercise. When you are recovered, food and weight take a proper perspective in your life, and what you weigh is not more important than who you are; in fact, actual numbers are of little or no importance at all. When recovered, you will not compromise your health or betray your soul to look a certain way, wear a certain size, or reach a certain number on a scale. When you are recovered, you do not use eating disorder behaviours to deal with, distract from, or cope with other problems.Carolyn Costin
What is the difference between Therapy & Coaching?
|Can diagnose and ‘treat’ eating disorders.||Does not diagnose conditions or treat them. Instead, I help support the work and goals of the client’s clinicians.|
|Can diagnose and treat other co-morbid issues, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse.||I refer to the clients therapist for treatment of any co-morbid issues.|
|Therapists are trained to help clients work on underlying issues, exploring WHY the eating disorder might have developed.||I am trained to work only on the “here and now.” I help clients accomplish day-to-day behaviour challenges.|
|Therapy sessions tend to be one hour and often take place in an clinical setting.||I work with clients anywhere, whenever you you need me; in your home, at the supermarket, clothing store, work or at a special event for extra support.|
|Therapists are in charge of ongoing assessment, establishing treatment goals and carrying out the overall treatment plan.||I work with clients to enable you to accomplish your established treatment goals.|