I work with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and other restrictive eating disorders.
Coaching sessions are client-centric and geared to your specific circumstance
My Approach to Eating Disorder Recovery
What works for one person in recovery doesn’t always work for another. I believe in listening to people with eating disorders, and above all helping the individual work out what works for them taking into account their personal situation.
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. I 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.
“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.