While there are a few different schools of thought on this, I resonate most with Carolyn Costin’s definition.
“Being recovered is when the person can accept their 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 the scale. When you are recovered, you do not use eating disorder behaviors to deal with, distract from, or cope with other problems.” ~Carolyn Costin
I use both my education and lived experience to help adults heal and recover from an eating disorder, disordered eating, body image issues, and exercise addiction in collaboration with their treatment team. I also help those that are further along in their recovery who don’t necessarily require a full treatment team and those who just need to check in once in a while for a “refresh”.
I can help clients identify maladaptive behaviors and work with them to incorporate new behaviors that better align with their values and recovery goals.
Together, we will identify the need each behavior fulfills and work with you to come up with other ways you can fulfill your needs in a practical way that corresponds with your values.
ERP is recognized as an evidence-based modality that helps clients with OCD and/or Anxiety disorders. In collaboration with the treatment team and in a safe, controlled environment, I gently expose you to stressful and/or triggering events (such as eating a fear food, eating out in restaurants, etc.) to help you learn to stay connected with your feelings, build up a tolerance, and move through the feelings without using eating disorder behaviors.
I will collaborate with each of your treatment team members and provide each of them with updates and session notes that document our work together.
Assist you with meal support, meal planning, grocery shopping, new clothing shopping, ridding closets of clothes that no longer serve you, and any other daily task to help you continue your path of recovery.
When appropriate, I will assign relevant homework that will deepen our work together
Recovery is not linear and there will be setbacks along the way. I will approach setbacks empathetically without judgment and provide practical ways to get back on track.
i can assist clients with the following:
EM, COACHING CLIENT
“She is willing to work with you on whatever you want and/or need. She can help you go clothes shopping, grocery shopping, eat meals/snacks together, clean out your closet, talk about whatever is going on in your life (food related or not), or do meaningful bookwork in The 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder. One of my favorite things to do is exposures, which helps you gain real-world experience in a less stressful environment. I have always enjoyed our meals out together. Brandy makes eating in restaurants a much more calm experience. Eating in restaurants has always been a big fear of mine, but Brandy has helped ease that concern tremendously. She is so kind, patient, easy to talk to, and so understanding. Our meetings are always very beneficial. She offers real tools I can use and implement in my daily life supporting my recovery. One of the things I love most is how knowledgeable she is about eating disorder recovery and anti-diet culture. There is a lot to learn and unlearn about food and diet culture in recovery. I would not have gotten to where I am without Brandy!”
SS, COACHING CLIENT
When I first met with my therapist about treatment for my eating disorder, she suggested I also work with a “Recovery Coach.” I didn’t know what she meant, or that such a thing existed … and then I met Brandy 😊 After 15 minutes of talking to Brandy I knew she was going to be a key part of my treatment team. My only wish is that I found her sooner! In conjunction with psychotherapy and nutrition visits, coaching is a partnership that helped me work through the specific actions I personally needed to take, uncovering ideas or thoughts that motivated me or got in the way of my recovery. My therapist gave me suggestions or guidelines, but it was Brandy that helped me put the words into action. Brandy is positive, enthusiastic, supportive, trusting, focused, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, observant, respectful, patient and a clear communicator … the list goes on! Among the many things Brandy taught me, perhaps most important is that an eating disorder is hardly ever a straightforward process. Because an eating disorder is often a means of coping with or feeling in control of difficult emotions or situations, the idea of life without it can be very frightening. You may feel conflicted about recovery. Brandy is there to remind you that there is always a way back to “normal,” a better normal without ED!!! You are worth the time and energy to recover. You are on your own journey and your own path, and no one can take that away from you! When my family and friends didn’t understand what I was going through, Brandy was always there supporting and routing for me – just a text message or weekly session away. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for Brandy’s collaboration and input on my treatment team.
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