Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™

How to Use the EDIT™ Worksheets

Learn essential details about each of the EDIT™ Worksheets, so you can use these eating disorder treatment resources more effectively with your clients (or for your own recovery)! The first five articles are contributed by the EDIT™ Creator, Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC, CEDS. These are the “Key Worksheets” which feature each of the five EDIT™ Principles. Other posts feature contributions from Amanda Grace Caldwell, MA, LPC-Intern– an EDIT™ Certified Counselor.

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The Voice of the Eating Disorder

EDIT™ Worksheets | Love Your Self
Self-Image #1 | ED-IT Dialogue

Ugghhh! My thighs are so fat and disgusting…
I shouldn’t have eaten that, now I’ve got to get rid of it…
I’ve had this eating disorder my whole life, I’ll never get better…

Have you heard your client make statements like these, or something similar? That’s the “Voice of the Eating Disorder” – or, ED. Explain this to your client…

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Intuitive Eating: WHY We Eat

EDIT™ Worksheets | Be True To Your Self
Intuitive Eating #1 | The Three Reasons WHY We Eat

I’m feeling low on energy, and need a snack…
I just finished dinner, and want something sweet…
I’ve just had a stressful day, and want my favorite comfort food…

Can you relate to eating for these three different reasons? The first is the body’s PHYSICAL NEED for food – or, HUNGER. The second is…

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Eating Disorder Coping Skills

EDIT™ Worksheets | Express Your Self
Coping #1 | The 5-Rs

Eating disorder behaviors can often be impulsive – your clients may sometimes feel like “ED just takes over.” As your clients progress in recovery, they realize that there is a moment of choice – although at first it may be very brief. This is the window of opportunity for your clients to use alternatives…

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ED Recovery: Morning Self-Care

EDIT™ Worksheets | Give To Your Self
Self-Care Routine #1 | Morning Check-In

Eating disorder behaviors can sometimes be your client’s way of life. Eating disorder recovery involves replacing ED (Eating Disorder) with Intuitive Self-Care – truly nurturing and nourishing habits developed through guidance from IT (Intuitive Therapist). As your client gradually integrates new habits which have meaning for them, their old eating disorder habits will gradually disappear. As your client’s life is filled with their new routines of Self-Care…

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Benefits of Eating Disorder Recovery

EDIT™ Worksheets | Believe In Your Self
Recovery #1 | Winning the War Within

Eating disorder or eating disorder recovery? That is a decision that many clients make every day – and sometimes multiple times a day. It can often feel like a “war within” – as the client’s voice of the Eating Disorder (ED) seems to compete with the recovery wisdom voiced by the Intuitive Therapist (IT). Rather than dismissing ED’s arguments for “giving up on recovery” and “giving in to eating disorder behaviors,” it can be helpful to look more closely at exactly what ED is saying…

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Intuitive Eating & Mindfulness at Mealtime

I grew up hearing the old adage, “you are what you eat.” Unfortunately for our clients, they believe this to be true. The truth is though, we aren’t what we eat. We need food to nourish our bodies and souls but we are not what we eat. Our clients are bodies, minds, hearts and souls. They are not pieces of chocolate cake or fried chicken! Mealtime is one of the most vulnerable times…

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Goodbye Letter to the Eating Disorder

Goodbye letters are a powerful therapeutic tool for any client. This worksheet in particular is quite healing for our clients as it gives them a chance to say goodbye to the very thing that has plagued them for so long. By externalizing ED, clients are able to personify him or her so that they can better address ED and say goodbye forever. When walking the client through this portion of the worksheet, ask clients to think about what ED has told them…

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Values Clarification in Eating Disorder Recovery

Aesop once said, “Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth—don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.” Aesop was onto something. Values are at the essence of who we are and that’s the great secret—what we value is who we are when no one else is looking. The clients we sit with might have difficulty naming what they value because…

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Eating Disorder Recovery of the True Self

C.S. Lewis once said, “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” The clients who sit across from us on a weekly basis are these souls. Our clients are souls, hearts and minds that live within one body. These clients are often at war with their bodies. They don’t like the way their body feels or the way their body looks. One of the important roles of being an intuitive therapist is helping a client connect with the soul that lies within the body one rejects…

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Intuitive Messages & Eating Disorder Recovery

The emphasis of the Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ approach is to guide our clients to shift from the voice of the Eating Disorder (ED) to the healing wisdom of the Intuitive Therapist (IT) within themselves. Through practicing the Be True To Your Self principle, clients discover how to become “Intuitive Eaters,” finding freedom from eating disordered eating…

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Eating Disorder Relapse Prevention

“Green light!” she screamed. We all started to run towards the finish line. “Yellow light,” she said. We all slowed our runs to a jog. And just when I took off in a sprint, I heard the fatal sound, “Red light!” My body was still moving before it registered what it heard. I had to go all the way back to the beginning because I had kept moving when I heard “red light.” Red Light, Green Light is a popular playground game. What seems like a silly kid’s game is actually a really important message for our clients. When you see a yellow light, slow down…

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