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EATING DISORDERS &
Living with an eating disorder/disordered eating can be incredibly isolating & burdensome. Pursuing recovery can feel even tougher. You are not alone. You are deserving of support.
I am passionate about supporting individuals and families through their recovery journeys. Being 12 years into my own recovery, I strive to sit with you from a place of deep understanding, compassion, and respect for the uniqueness of your journey, because that journey belongs to YOU.
As humans, we rarely engage in any behaviour unless it's serving us in some
way. Often, in the case of eating disorders/disordered eating, the behaviours
associated with such struggles "work" because they help avoid/numb difficult
sensations & emotions. We may feel ill equipped to navigate our inner worlds,
and turning to certain behaviours could be the only leg you feel you have to
stand on. When living with the impacts of trauma, an eating disorder may feel
like a lifeline. You have done the best you can, and how incredible that you've found a way to cope & survive.
As we acknowledge the utility of an eating disorder/disordered eating, we can't ignore the associated costs. Chances are, you're here reading this because you know them all too well. Eating disorders/disordered eating have a way of infiltrating every area of our lives, and that voice inside (the ED critic) can often be one of the harshest we've ever encountered. It can lead us down a path of living in a way that feels so out of sync with our values (our heart’s deepest desires for how we want to behave as a human being). The harm it causes, and the things it can take away, are substantial.
If, however, even just a part of you is wanting freedom from an eating disorder/disordered eating, that's all you need to take the next step towards recovery. You might be reading this and thinking "but it's not that bad, so many people are struggling more than me."
Please "hear" me when I offer this - there is no 'sick enough.' If you're sick of living this way, you're sick enough.
“To say eating disorders are biological illnesses and not include the impact of
oppression, diet culture, weight stigma, trauma, etc in contributing to eating
disorders discounts peoples’ lived experiences.”
– Dr. Rachel Millner, therapist
There are differential impacts of eating disorders on individuals with marginalized identities & from marginalized communities. Supporting someone through recovery cannot be done through a "one-size fits all" lens. I strive to provide anti-racist care that is inclusive of all bodies. Trainings and process groups facilitate my continued
unlearning and relearning in these areas.
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