Recovery is far more than just eliminating the self-destructive behaviors; it is about learning to live instead of simply existing. The eating disorder symptoms (those related to food, weight, body image) and addictive behaviors must be treated simultaneously with underlying psychological symptoms (depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder). The mindful path of recovery is about reclaiming your mind and body, learning to challenge and gain freedom from the daily negative self-talk, creating a healthy relationship with yourself and others, and also identifying and connecting to your own truth. Being assertive yet always being very cognizant of who is on the receiving end. Each client is seen and treated as a unique individual and a treatment plan needs to be developed for his/her own personal mindful path of recovery. True freedom from an eating disorder requires willingness, patience, honesty, hope, trusting professionals, and mindfulness.
When Erica treats an eating disorder, she is always working closely with a treatment team. There are far too many components of treatment that require the expertise of many professionals. Creating a treatment team one feels comfortable and safe with, a team that is willing to communicate and create an-ongoing treatment plan that is in the best interest of the client. This team includes, and is not limited too, a primary care physician, a registered dietitian, a psychiatrist and other professionals at any indicated time (i.e. cardiologist, GI, dentist, gynecologist). The Primary Care Physician will monitor the client’s physical well being including, but not limited to, prescribing consistent lab work. The Registered Dietitian helps each client to develop an individualized meal plan, reviews the lab test results to assist in finding ways nutrition can be utilized for more effective treatment, and the Psychiatrist will assess if medication is needed possibly for an underlying mood or anxiety disorder. Mood stabilization is a critical piece to effective recovery. All team members are consistently assisting in assessing if client needs a higher level of care.
My Philosophy of Treatment includes Creating Connection to All Aspects of Recovery by learning to:
- Establish a healthy relationship with food and body.
- Eliminate food rituals that have been connected to your eating disorder.
- Increase positive self-talk to decrease and manage negative thoughts and preoccupation with shape, weight, and eating control.
- Identify and express needs in an assertive manner while also practicing compassion for the receiver.
- Integrate new coping skills and increase effective stress management skills.
- Gain knowledge of interpersonal effectiveness skills to create healthy relationships with “safe” people.
- Regulate emotions and tolerate discomfort.
- Become accountable daily with self and others.
- Break destructive patterns with significant others and family (with same or different therapist) that enable the disordered behaviors to continue.
- Stabilize and elevate mood and decrease anxiety.
- Self-soothe instead of self-loathe.
- Utilize healthy tools for effective relapse prevention