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Joanna Poppink, MFTJoanna Poppink, MFT

 Welcome to Eating Disorder Recovery for Women

Read articles and blog posts, comment, ask questions, find support and inspiration. Comment sections often become mini support groups.

Joanna offers personalized eating disorder recovery therapy for women.  She created this site. Joanna is a Los Angeles psychotherapist, speaker and author of Healing Your Hungry Heart.  She specializes in eating disorder recovery for adult women and building a fulfilling life beyond recovery.

To make contact with Joanna for an in-person appointment at her West Los Angeles office or to invite her to speak to your organization please e-mail her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 310-474-4165.

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Changing Therapeutic Frames for Eating Disorder Recovery and the Butterfly Metaphor

 

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This *graphic is based on a closeup picture of a butterfly wing. Catapillars do not go to sleep and emerge as butterflies. Just like us, seeking to transform into an eating disorder free person living a lovely new life, the metamorphis of the catapillar butterfly experience is one of acknowledgement, battle, disintegration, transition, creativity, determination and emergence.

Read on for detail and description of  "Experiential Levels of Patient and Psychotherapist during Eating Disorder Recovery Work."

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Human Touch and Your Recovery

 

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"We need four hugs a day for survival.  We need eight hugs a day for maintenance.  We need twelve hugs a day for growth."  Virginia Satir

Are you eating or exercising too much out of touch deprivation? Think about it.  Loneliness and sense of isolation exists when you suffer from an eating disorder.  Bingeing on food or obsessing on being as small as possible by not eating are ways of addressing a deprivation.  Could one of your deprivations be touch?        *photo

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How to lower your stress and improve the quality of your life

“A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.“

- Mahatma Gandhi

(I see in this photo an example of clarity with everything essential in its optimal place for the sustainability of all. We need this kind of clarity too.  JP)

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Acting out an eating disorder, as I think most of you know, is your attempt to cope with anxiety, grief, anger, loneliness and even happiness.  A certain level of your stress created by external events or inner psychological habits and development becomes too much to tolerate.  You  binge or restrict as a way to gain control and feel powerful instead of feeling overwhelmed by your emotions.                   *pix

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Inspirational Quotes as Recovery Assignments

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Inner peace, compassion for self and others, sturdy sense of self, self respect: these are all necessary components of your eating disorder recovery.  How do you achieve them?  

Most of us on the Internet, especially Twitter followers, see inspirational quotes every day.What if inspirational quotes were practical assignments in your daily life? What would your homework be? What would your personal project look like when you handed it in? *Pix Joy in learning and growing.

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