I received the following comment from Geri in response to my most recent post:
"This was my first year at NEDA, and I too was impressed by how accessible professionals were and what a compassionate, helpful environment it was. I met a woman who had brought her anorexic, adult daughter with her, in the hopes of finding her help. I was struck by how upbeat and positive the girl was after speaking to several treatment professionals. It really goes to show that recovery is all about hope opening a door to a positive chapter of life. Do you find that most people who seek help from you are hopeful, or feel wrangled into treatment by parents or friends?"
Actually my clients come into my office in all stages of readiness for recovery. Some are still in deep denial; some are angry and resentful because they did not come to treatment on their own. Many are ambivalent or conflicted about making changes; a few are completely ready to leave the eating disorder behind; and ALL are frightened. But I really believe that even the most angry or ambivalent client has a part of herself that wants to recover. It's my job as a therapist to search for and connect with that part; to strengthen resolve; and to instill hope. Recovery is never easy, and it can take significant time, energy, and resources. But it IS possible!! Until next time, Gail