I work with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and other restrictive eating disorders.
Coaching sessions are client-centric and geared to your specific circumstance
AEDRA Approach to Eating Disorder Recovery
AEDRA stands for “Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults” and it encompasses my adult-specific approach to eating disorder recovery success. AEDRA works around the following principles.
What works for one person in recovery doesn’t always work for another. We believe in listening to one another, learning from one another, and above all helping the individual work out what works for them taking into account their personal situation.
AEDRA recognizes that Adults with eating disorders face very different realities then children or teenagers do. Many of us have families to support, children, partners, jobs, mortgages, healthcare issues, and other sorts of complications. A realistic approach to recovery is not prescriptive. It is about meeting a person where they are at in life.
Not all adults are lucky enough to have the “prefect” resources available to them in recovery. However, AEDRA approach means that we look at what the individual has available in terms of professional, family, and community support and work with what we have. We may have to think outside the box, we may have to build the box — but we’ll work it out and get the individual what they need in order to be successful.
Different methods work for different people. Often, different methods work at different stages in recovery within an individual too. Being agile means being fast to shift gears — be it up or down — and listening to the individual to determine what is working and what is not working today, and makes the appropriate changes in real time.
Many of us need to develop alternative coping mechanisms for times of stress in order to sustain our recovery. At an even more base level, many of us need to adopt our home lives to suit the changes that we need to make in order to sustain recovery too.
Eating disorders are with you 24/7, so 1 hour a week isn’t going to cut it when it comes to overcoming destructive thought patterns and behaviors. I believe that real-time support is a game changer for adults in recovery, and this is why I offerer unlimited email and text support for individuals whom I coach.
Recovery from a restrictive eating disorder has to involve food and in most cases it has to involve weight gain. My primary focus is the elimination of restriction, eating disorder behaviours, and the subsequent weight restoration and supporting a person in whatever it is that they need in order to achieve full recovery.
My process is FOOD FIRST — based upon getting a person weight restored if they are not already, but doing so in a way that supports them through the mental anxiety associated with gaining weight. I then continue to support them past weight restoration, as this is a critical time in terms of high anxiety levels.
My role: I am an eating disorder recovery coach. I come in as a recovery manager who helps sufferers and their family members make sense of information from the sufferer’s dietitian, doctor, and any other therapist and helps them project manage recovery. I troubleshoot with you so that no anxiety or behaviour gets out of hand. Ideally I am a focal part of a recovery team and I work to make the recovery advice you receive realistically sustainable. I also support you though every stage of recovery because every stage is met with opposition from the eating disorder.
If you are already working with a dietician or other form of doctor/therapist I will work with you alongside them. Often reaching full recovery requires a team of support people who work together at every stage.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to eating disorder recovery. I have worked with hundreds of people in recovery and each individual brings their own complications and their own recovery path has to be found. One of the key aspects of my work is helping sufferers keep anxiety levels manageable as they gain weight and being there to support them through the blips and slips.
Coaching for Eating Disorder Recovery
$100* hourly rate for 1:1 coaching on:
- Family Based Treatment for Adults
- Meal Planning and Scheduling
- Managing Eating Disorders
- Creating Compliance with Treatment
- Family Dynamics
- Fear Food Challenging
- Troubleshooting Obstacles to Recovery (Mental and Physical)
- Mindfulness Exercises
- Overcoming Fear of Eating
- Managing Weight Gain Anxiety
- Addressing Triggers
- Reaching Weight Restoration
- “Overshoot” and Other Recovery Processes
- Exercise and Compulsive Movement
- Practices to Eliminate Eating Disorder Behaviors.
*Sliding scale available on request.
Sessions are also available in 30 min slots. All clients receive daily email/text support.
New clients will be given a complimentary 30 min consultation session in which we determine whether we are a good match. Please contact me for booking.
Please note that you will be charged for cancellations made within less than 24 hours before your appointment time. Thank you for understanding. (All cancellation charges are donated to AEDRA)
“Working with Tabitha on a recovery coaching basis has made the difference in my recovery from a decade of severe anorexia nervosa that I had come to believe was not possible for me.
Skype sessions regularly with Tabitha are showing me new approaches to recovery that traditional treatment never has and finally things are working!
Tabitha offers fantastic insight, advice, guidance, motivation…. I am not going to lie – she can be tough but that is what I need. She also works tirelessly – things are never too much trouble and she genuinely cares for every one of her clients.
I was very nervous about starting work with Tabitha but it was the best decision I have made and the only regrets I have are that I did not find her sooner!
I still have a long way in my recovery to go and there are good and bad days but now for the first time in so long, thanks to Tabitha, I am progressing – my mindset is shifting and I actually believe that one day I will recover.”
I began working with Tabitha as a recovery coach and for the first time in my life I think I will recover from my eating disorder.
I have been in IP twice and never fully healed or received the support I needed while in treatment. I have worked with an outpatient team for over two years and within two weeks of working with Tabitha I have made more progress than in the two years with my outpatient team.
Tabitha is teaching me how to take control from the eating disorder. She is giving me practical tools to learn to manage ED and the anxiety that goes along with recovery.
I can not speak highly enough about Tabitha. To feel the hope inside me that I could move beyond ED and have a life is incredible. I have always kept hope alive and at the same time didn’t believe I could heal from ED after having it for over a decade.
Tabitha was my last resort in some ways I didn’t know what else what work. I keep trying to recover and it was not working and I was becoming frustrated.
Thanks to Tabitha I am finally beginning to heal. It is an amazing feeling and takes a lot of work but she is right there step by step guiding and helping me.