Eating Disorder Treatment
I have specialized in working with eating disorders and disordered eating/body image issues for 20 years, along with being a researcher in the field of recovery and ED. My research interest is on self-compassion and healing from ED. Throughout the years, I have developed a unique style of working with these “dis-orders,” that includes a combination of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, embodiment techniques, and self-compassion practices.
I label eating disorders as a “dis-order” as I do believe there are many reasons that the mind and body have lost “order” or balance. I work in helping you to understand the imbalances that have occurred in your life, emotions and body so that healing takes place in an integrated way, rather than just a focus on weight and behavior. My intention is to help you to develop a re-communication with your body, heighten your awareness to what happens in mind, and hold it all in a self-compassionate manner, so that the intention is FREEDOM, not just recovery.
A Little More About Healing
Embodiment – Embodiment techniques, or learning self-regulation through your body, will assist you in opening the door to mindful attention and awareness. The body is our first gateway to mindfulness. You will learn techniques that will help you to regulate emotions and build a communication with your body once again, learning to “be-friend” it. These techniques are based on what we now know from modern day neuroscience and what we have known for years from the world of Eastern practices such as yoga and meditation. I have developed unique interventions to use during each phase of recovery to assist you in containment, emotional regulation and moving forward. These are interventions you can practice at home in between our sessions to begin your path of empowerment.
Mindfulness – Our work together will include developing awareness skills around more than just behavior. We investigate and become curious about the many illusions that the mind holds, especially in relationship to one’s body and food.
Self-Compassion – I often say self-compassion is the most important quality to build along the way. It is the one thing that will allow healing to take place and continue. We will build self-compassionate skills along the way to support letting go of destructive habits and inviting in self-care.
Read Ann’s Monthly Article on Recovery Warrior:
- AED (Academy of Eating Disorders) SIG (Special Interest Groups) Recovery and Somatics
- IDEAP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals)
- USABP (United State Association of Body Psychotherapy)
Renfrew National Conference: The Practice of Resting and Digesting: Restorative Yoga in the Treatment of Eating Disorder Recovery, November, 2017
Renfrew National Conference: The Neuroscience of Somatic Intervention in Psychotherapy,November, 2015
Renfrew National Conference: Poster Presentation of The Self-Compassion Spectrum of Recovery, November, 2015
Renfrew National Conference 2014- Mindfulness-Based Embodiment for Eating Disorder Recovery