What is an Eating Disorder Coach?
An ED Coach helps facilitate the action steps necessary to sustain recovery and live life, as well as support the individual in the many day to day challenges of rebuilding healthy relationship to body, food, and self. Eating disorder recovery is complex and multifaceted and requires a team approach. An eating disorder coach collaborates with all members of a client’s treatment team, and provides the day to day support to help clients implement and follow through with their recovery plan and/or treatment recommendations (ie; food plan accountability, grocery shopping, healthy exercise).
An ED consumes a person’s life, world view, and sense of self. Recovery from ED can feel like an identity crisis and reintegrating into the world can feel overwhelming. When the individual is in the decision making phase of what to do with his/her life ( ie; going back to school and/or work, changing careers) the anxiety of facing life without the eating disorder as a coping tool can be debilitating without the right support in place. Structuring day to day activities can be a lot harder than one might anticipate. Peace of mind, fun and happiness are hard to achieve in recovery without the necessary life skills.
An Eating Disorder coach helps support the individual in catching up with missed time and building life skills that were not learned while in the eating disorder. Individualized goals are set weekly with each person to fit his/her own personal strengths and challenges. An empowerment approach is used to build self-esteem and confidence.
An eating disorder coach works with individuals at all stages of recovery (all ages); whether the person is leaving residential treatment, a psychiatric facility, currently in transitional living, in an outpatient/day-patient program, or in their own home, an ED coach will work collaboratively with treatment providers to help an individual successfully navigate the road to recovery.
An eating disorder coach initially meets with the individual 3 times per week for one-hour sessions, (frequency & length of sessions evaluated monthly and/or bi-monthly). Location of meetings will vary depending on where the client is in their sobriety and what the person is currently working on, (i.e., person’s home, sober living house, coffee shop, hiking trails, beach, etc). In addition, the sober coach is on-call by phone 6 days a week from 9am-9pm. This service alone can help prevent Eating Disorder behaviors, and supports individuals with crises that come up in between sessions.
What ED coaching is NOT:
* Life Coach
* Treatment Program
* Personal Assistant
An ED coach is a support that individuals utilize in addition to the above necessary resources.