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 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.

If you are looking for help for yourself or someone you care about Joanna offers a free telephone consultation.

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If you suffer from an eating disorder or know someone struggling with an eating disorder, you can find support and help here. Please complete our simple, FREE registration and enjoy our site. Please feel free to participate in discussions. Your thoughts and questions are most welcome.

Big Portions for Big Status: effect on binge eating and obesity

I just read a Stone Hearth article, "People eat too much because they feel powerless."

My immediate response was that old dazzling glimpse of the obvious not attended to.

"Of course," I thought, "And the good news is that we know something about operant conditioning.  In this situation we can look for ways to psychologically de-conditioning ourselves, e.g. cause our conditioned response to become extinct.  Keep in mind that the "big" consumption results in the positive consequence "power and high status." That connection can be broken. 

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Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast with Joanna Poppink

Eating disorder recovery KNews podcast: Charlie Dyer interviews Joanna Poppink on his radio show, Conversations with Charlie Dyer.

Charlie is a great interviewer and read Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder.  In our interview we hit the main points that are so important for people to understand about eating disorder recovery, whether it's you or someone you love or a phenomenon in our culture.

Please let me know what you think of of this 20 minute interview:  Agree?  Disagree? Add more to the conversation?

Learning the Tools of Emotional Management: Guest Author

foodandfeelings2People living with troubling eating patterns are all individuals with different vulnerabilities and strengths. You may need to hear many voices speaking to healing and recovery before you hear the voice that touches you and awakens you to your eating disorder recovery path. 

I'm happy to introduce you to the voice of Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed. author of The Food and Feelings Workbook,  who shares her thoughts about learning skills for recognizing and coping well with your emotions. It's my pleasure to welcome Karen as a guest author blogger on Eating Disorder Recovery for Women.


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Recovering Your Heart's Desire


Have you left some of your heart's desire behind. Do you walk past it every day while it or a part of you waits for you to remember?

I ended my blog post, "Change is in the wind," with those questions.  You are responding.

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