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I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Keys of Eating Disorder Recovery

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Keys of Eating Disorder Recovery

 

I have seen so many of my own patients with Eating Disorders (ED) struggle with how to move beyond the Stage of Change in recovery : “I know I have a problem but not willing to do anything about it ” and get to the Stage of Change: ” I know I have a problem and I am willing to do everything I can to get better”.

With my patients who tell me that they can’t get better, they won’t get better or they don’t even really have a problem, I have noticed a few things:

  1. GREY MATTERS: The majority of people that have the disease of an eating disorder think in absolutes. Black and White. I am either fat or thin. I have no control or I am in total control. I have to do everything perfectly or not at all. 
  2. They feel they can not survive life without their Eating Disorder. They believe that if they choose to start recovery they will lose all control, their voice, their protection, their identity and their purpose in life.
  3. They believe that if they do not have their ED they will no longer be successful, fulfilled, special and worthwhile.

So to be able to get to the next stage in recovery, one must believe:

  1. That they are capable of anything they put their mind to. Someone with an eating disorder is a very determined and capable person. Perseverance is key.
  2. Their ED has begun out of some form of unmet need. They need to learn to be able to fulfill their wants and needs out of assertiveness, determination, perseverance and creativity.
  3. They are capable of change. They are not made of stone, but of soft clay that they can continue to mold, sculpt and make into their best selves.

As a therapist, my role is to never give up on finding a way to communicate these truths, to motivate them to take risks and to take one baby step at a time.

I think of the “little engine” who despite it’s limitations, never gave up, believed in it itself and always had someone cheering him on.

Heather Baker, LCSW, CEDS

 

Body + Mind + Spirit = Your Complete Self

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At Prosperity, our therapists are all trained to help a person understand and change the way they think. If our thinking is negative, distorted and unhelpful then so will our behaviors. There is a lot of evidence that confirms changing our thinking creates change in our lives. But, our minds are just part of ourselves.

Prosperity also understand the importance of a healthy body. Without being physically healthy it is hard for a person to be in good spirits or have a quality life. We aim to help you restore and improve your health through proper nutrition, education, and proper medical care. And yet, our bodies may be in good shape, but deep within your spirit there may something missing, maybe not feeling fully connected to yourself.

We believe that knowing, understanding and listening to your inner being brings a different level of change. Harmony. Joy. Peace. Wellness.

We welcome the opportunity to work in conjunction with other providers to give each person a chance to experience wellness at all levels.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]