Eating disorders thrive in isolation, disconnecting you from the people who love and care about you. This can make turning to eating disorder behaviors even more enticing as the eating disorder begins to fill the need for connection. As humans, we are wired for authentic connections. Connecting with and reaching out to others when in need is a pillar of eating disorder recovery.
As we know, recovering from an eating disorder is difficult, but having a support system in place can help you feel less alone. The power of being able to reach out anytime, anywhere can be invaluable for those recovering from an eating disorder. Having suffered with and recovered from my own eating disorder, I understand what you are going through, and I am here to provide support whenever needed and help you stay on track with your recovery goals. Texting provides a convenient way for us to stay connected, allowing you to receive help when it’s most needed without having to wait until regular sessions or appointments. This type of access gives you the ability to navigate difficult moments in real time. Knowing there is someone available to talk through these difficult moments and who can provide helpful advice and guidance when needed can make a huge difference in the recovery process.
My accessibility via text is especially helpful if you have a sudden urge to engage in eating disorder behaviors or need support during a difficult moment. If you’re struggling with an issue, you can receive a relatively quick response. This can help you avoid, or at least delay, engaging in eating disorder behaviors. It is also helpful to get your thoughts to me in real-time. Getting the thoughts out of your body and sending them to someone you trust can sometimes be exactly what you need to help you release distress from your body and mind. If it is helpful, you can save my responses to reference again later.
Texting can also help you stay accountable for your goals and progress. I can also check in with you to see how you’re doing and offer encouragement and inspiration. Texting is a great way to share your recovery “wins” so we can celebrate any obstacles you are able to overcome.
I aim to provide you with the assurance that you are never alone in your recovery, and I am here for you, which I hope can be comforting and reassuring. It can also help you stay motivated and committed to your recovery process, as you can turn to me whenever you need support or guidance.
For the record, I am not bothered by receiving your text messages. This fear can keep clients from reaching out when in need. I consider this type of support one of my most beneficial services as a recovery coach. In our first session, we will discuss expectations around my response time, such as if I’m asleep or in a session with another client, you may not receive an immediate response, but I still encourage you to reach out anyway. Additionally, healthy boundaries are established to help keep our client/coach relationship professional. These expectations and boundaries are in place to help both of us utilize this important and helpful tool in a healthy way.
Overall, texting with me can be an incredibly helpful tool in your recovery process. It provides accessibility, real-time support, accountability, and support outside of sessions. Texting is a way to enhance your recovery journey. Remember, recovery is a process, and having the right support can make all the difference!
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