Goodbye Letter to the Eating Disorder

EDIT™ Worksheets | Believe In Your Self Recovery #6 | Goodbye Letter 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, shown them and taught them and have them respond to that. The second part of this worksheet is just as powerful as clients can respond from the stance of ED. What would ED want them to know about themselves? Are they stronger than they think they are? Did ED teach them anything valuable? Encourage clients to be gentle with themselves during this exercise, writing letters like this take time and can stir up a lot of emotion. But, at the end of the day, the client will find greater strength and freedom after courageously saying goodbye to ED. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT A CLIENT MIGHT WRITE: Dear ED, I’m ready to say goodbye to you because you are like the best friend I gave my heart to that only turned around and stabbed my back. I trusted you with my insecurities and I showed you all of the things that made me scared. You held my hand and showed me how to take the pain away. You taught me to lie about what I ate and you...

Eating Disorder Relapse Prevention

EDIT™ Worksheets | Believe In Your Self Success #3 | 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 – because otherwise, the red light might suddenly appear – and then you’ll have to “start all over.” This Relapse Prevention worksheet is focused on helping clients recognize what the red, yellow and green lights are in terms of their recovery: Green Lights are the indicators that all is going well in recovery Yellow Lights are the warning signs that a relapse is possible Red Lights are sure indication that a relapse is occurring Although clients may not have to “start all over” if a full relapse occurs, it can be much harder to restore recovery practices once a relapse has occurred. In some cases, if the relapse persists and ED behaviors worsen – then clients may in fact need to “start all over” with intensive treatment. When clients are nearing the completion of their outpatient treatment with you as an EDIT™ Certified practitioner, this is an important time to use this worksheet. It’s best to do this worksheet in session. Start...