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Recovery Coaching

Essentially, the Recovery Coach is a health coach serving as an adjunct in traditional eating disorder treatment, or as an additional support during the transition period following professional medical treatment for those who have been previously diagnosed with an eating disorder, or who are struggling with disordered eating/body image behaviors. Recovery coaches work with individuals who are ready for change but who still may be hesitant to make the next steps. The individuals seeking a recovery coach are ready to take responsibility for their own health and are medically stable but may be in need of guidance, direction, accountability, and support. Recovery Coaches are not (by themselves) licensed mental health professionals. Therefore, if a client has recently been under the supervision of clinical care, a written documentation from the clinician is required before entry into recovery coaching.

 

However, the Recovery Coach may also work alongside a clinician (i.e. registered dietitian, therapist, psychiatrist, physician) as a part of the treatment team. In this role, the coach would serve in multiple capacities as an adjunct to add value to the team approach to recovery. These roles may include (but are not limited to): a mentor/coach for the client and family, liaison between members of the treatment team/family, educator, fitness coach, accountability coach in between routine sessions, support group leader, etc. 

 

Individuals who have been in recovery without recent supervision from a clinician may also seek assistance from a Recovery Coach to help in lifestyle management, or other food/exercise/body related goals. It should be noted that if after the initial consultation with the Recovery Coach, further advanced treatment is deemed necessary, the Recovery Coach has the right to refer the client to a clinician as needed. 

 

From personal experience, I have learned the importance of this specific type of support during the mental reflections and internal and external challenges when recovering from the severity of eating disorders. I recognize the impactful role that a Recovery Coach can have on healthy long-lasting recovery through on-going support and attempts to fill in the gaps of the outpatient world. Recovery coaching can benefit the individual's readjustment into real life experiences, appropriately dealing with relapses, regaining independence, conquering internal pressures, and staying focused on the goal of full recovery assisting in their road to peace. 

 

Through my research and quest to find others like me, I have learned the necessity of just that: finding others who share your thoughts, ambitions, and desire to live a vibrant life. While a health coach is indeed the trained professional in the coach-client relationship, he/she is not the one holding the reigns. The goal is to help the individual discover that she is in charge of her own health, and to help her regain confidence and control of the factors that are within her power. While serving as a coach who shares a similar history, the idea is to provide the supportive presence and hope which speaks “I understand…I've been there. Let’s work together with where we are right now.” Coaching helps tackle the day-to-day challenges and focuses on moving forward in recovery. The Recovery Coach has a unique standpoint which allows for sharing personal reflections and recovery tactics when applicable, instilling hope and facilitating change. Coaches seek to encourage, enable, and empower. Hopefully, the world will soon recognize the powerful benefit from the integration of health coaches in the context of eating disorders. 

*Note: I value coaching others from a faith-based, Christ-centered perspective. This approach has deemed to be the most beneficial in my work and personal eating disorder recovery. If this particular approach interests you, please mention when submitting a contact form

 

Do you think you could benefit from Recovery Coaching?

I'd love to chat with you. Send me an email here.

Are you in need of additional clinical assistance?

Visit the referrals page for local practitioners in the area.

 

Are you an eating disorder professional interested in learning more about the Recovery Coach Team Approach? I would love to join forces with you! 

Ideally, a Recovery Coach would be appropriate for the following individuals:

  • an individual who has been discharged from intensive medical care and who is functionally stable

  • an individual who has been professionally guided to come off of medication and who has acquired mental clarity 

  • an individual who has made the conscious decision to seek assistance with lifestyle balance 

  • an individual who is ready for change but may be hesitant about next steps 

  • an individual who is ready for independence and who is monitoring self-responsibility 

  • an individual who has recently been cleared by a physician to begin self-guided care

  • an individual who is currently seeing a team of professionals and looking to expand their team approach to recovery 

  • an individual who has been “in recovery” for some time and is in need of additional support and guidance 

  • an individual who wishes to benefit from the mentor aspect of the recovery coach-to-client relationship 

A Recovery Coach works with the individual to:

  • instill self-confidence and inner strength  

  • navigate through outside world pressures, standards and unrealistic expectations 

  • help recognize individual voice of reason

  • provide on-going support 

  • educate on feeding the emotional, physical and spiritual needs  

  • reestablish life balance and peace of mind 

  • discover peace with mind, body and spirit

  • practice positivity and hopeful thinking

  • improve poor body image 

  • calm self-induced pressures 

  • distinguish between old thoughts and new desires 

  • provide a comfortable space for self-expression 

  • become one with your body and recognize its needs 

  • heal relationships with self, others, environment, the past, and food 

  • redirect anxious thinking to the present 

  • create a movement of self-love and healing

  • rediscover a joyful life 

**DISCLAIMER**: A Health Coach alone is not a doctor, registered dietitian, or licensed behavioral counselor, though many of these professionals may choose to supplement their practice by offering services in health coaching. Health Coaches are not meant to prescribe, diagnose, or treat medical conditions or chronic disease. We have received certification in holistic health and integrative nutrition modalities. Health Coaches believe the body is capable of healing itself, when given proper resources and time, as a result of a cognitive decision for change followed by action from the individual. However, there is a time and place for proper intervention, medical diagnosis, and disease management. Please consult your physician before making any drastic decisions regarding your health and wellness. If you feel you need additional clinical assistance, please visit the Referrals page for more information.