Eating Disorder Recovery of the True Self

EDIT™ Worksheets | Love Your Self Self-Image #3 | The Four Aspects 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. The Love Your Self (Self-Image #3) worksheet is one of the best ways to help a client connect with their heart, mind, body and soul. When working with a client, it is most helpful to have the client start with the area they will most easily relate with. For instance, maybe your client is highly intelligent and he or she enjoys learning, begin with the sphere of the mind. Walk your client through the skills they have gained and the accomplishments they have made. Which accomplishments are most important to them? What does this mean about their values? How do the thoughts they think guide their lives? Continue walking your client through the remaining spheres. In the sphere of the heart, guide your client to connect with aspects of their personality and their capacity to feel a range of emotions. Specifically, explore how their heart gives them passion and desire in life. Guide them to explore how their heart draws them to connect with life – nature, animals, people. Who...

Intuitive Messages & Eating Disorder Recovery

EDIT™ Worksheets | Be True To Your Self Intuitive Living #2 | Intuitive Messages 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. In addition, clients learn how to be “Intuitive Exercisers,” where they can truly enjoy the movement of their bodies, and actually have fun with fitness. As a first step towards Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Exercise, we can guide our clients with perspectives about Intuitive Living – the ways in which their Intuitive Therapist (IT) is trying to “speak” to them through a variety of messages, if they pay attention.. We live in a society rich with information. Whether it’s in a magazine, television show, online or even in a conversation, we hear and see messages everywhere. The voice of the Eating Disorder (ED) is formed from these external messages – dictating how to look, what to eat (or not eat), and most decisions in general. Our clients look outside themselves for guidance, wondering, “Who should I be?” Then, our clients seek approval from outside sources, questioning, “Am I good enough?” Recovery is about “turning up the volume” of the client’s inner guidance – the voice of their Intuitive Therapist (IT). Ultimately, clients will be able to “go within” to make decisions and receive validation. Clients may be so used to looking outside themselves for guidance, that this concept of “going within” may be very unfamiliar to them, and...

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 clients make statements like these, or something similar? That’s the “Voice of the Eating Disorder” – or, ED. Explain this to your client, saying something like, “That’s ED talking right now. ED makes critical statements, like the ones you just said.” You can further explain to your client that ED can seem to dominate their mind, as if ED thoughts are the only thoughts they think. In early stages of recovery, the voice of ED can be very loud, chattering on and on with judgments and criticisms – but it’s often like background noise in your client’s mind, because they may not be aware of everything ED says. However, because these are the dominant messages in your client’s mind, the voice of ED can be very destructive to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. These ED thoughts are what drive ED behaviors – as you re-read the three examples above, can you think of ED behaviors that might follow those thoughts? Encourage your client by saying something like, “You are not ED!  You have another voice within you, which gently counters the voice of ED, and encourages you on a path of recovery.” This “recovery voice” is what you are modeling for them as their therapist, especially when you offer compassionate feedback or guidance to take that next small but healthy step. When you are speaking to your client in this way, you are...

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, and other meaningful activities in their life, they will suddenly realize, “ED hasn’t been around for a while…  I truly feel free… I wonder if this is what complete recovery is all about?” One of the best places to start guiding your client with Intuitive Self-Care is when they first wake up each day. Their initial waking hours can be a critical time in their day, as they set the stage for ED… or, recovery! This Morning Check-In worksheet illustrates a simple format for your client to complete each morning. The top section of this worksheet includes some basic details about your client’s sleep patterns, which is helpful for your client and also you as a clinician to also be aware of. You can suggest some holistic strategies to improve sleep hygiene – which is related to their bedtime routine (discussed in the next worksheet, page 48 of the pdf file– Evening Check-In). Many clients report having access to their Intuitive Therapist (IT) during their dreams, where they receive a direct message through the dream, or in the dream interpretation. Also of note is that the transition from sleep to waking is also a time when clients can...