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JoannaPoppink First Eating Disorder Psychotherapy Appointment with Joanna Poppink. Here's what happens. https://t.co/qK4RGO3RHF
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JoannaPoppink Dreams: your doorway to eating disorder healing and a meaningful life https://t.co/UY1pO17n8Z
JoannaPoppink Eating Disorder Recovery: Using the language of myth and dream in psychotherapy https://t.co/JZ8mzEVp6I
JoannaPoppink Eating Disorder Recovery, Health and Personal Growth. How Dreams Can Help https://t.co/dz6hFftFFG
JoannaPoppink 12 Discoveries in Early Eating Disorder Recovery https://t.co/1epHf2Tqg7 https://t.co/kcnuJQiRmg
Relationships with friends and family influence and are influenced by eating disorder issues. Topics relate to individual perspectives, questions, stories and support for adults in various stages of recovery and for the people who love them. Extricating yourself from negative relationships and building positive relationships are discussed.  Communication, boundaries, love, self-esteem, emotional turbulence, abuse, ways to help and accept help are explored.

Parental Acceptance of Eating Disorders

One of the powerful and moving moments that occur in my work as a psychotherapist is when a woman, who never sought treatment for her own eating disorder, comes in for psychotherapy for the sake of her child. She couldn't rally her strength for her own well being. But when she is pregnant or has a young child she finds the courage and determination to do her own work in order to protect her child from developing an eating disorder. Often, a child has already begun to develop symptoms, but often too, not always, but often when the mother works on her own healing she is in a better position to support healing in her child. Love and courage bring the mother in. Love and courage create a powerful healing force.

Parental Denial of Eating Disorders

When adults are in denial about their own eating disorder, they can be in a position to deny the eating disorder symptoms in their child or children. Parents can even be angry and punishing to a child with an eating disorder because the child’s behavior threatens the adults. The child’s symptoms have the potential to force adults to look more closely at themselves. These parents, who believe themselves to be loving and caring people, defend their denial and defend their distorted view of themselves and their child.

Healthy Eating - A Memorable Lunch

My neighbor, Jody, transformed part of her front yard into an organic vegetable garden. Two rectangles about 15’ x 6” bounded by wood framing are devoted to her “farmette”. The median between her sidewalk and the street has wooden supports for the tiny tomato plants that are starting to reach for the sky. I walk past her house at least twice a day and sometimes four when I walk my dog, Winston. (He actually should take up more space in this blog because he is a co therapist in my practice as well as a friend in my life.)

Recent Flurry of Blog Posts Regarding Family Dinner Research

Love is left out of the eating disorder prevention equation yet again. Eating disorder prevention does not mean following a check list of correct behaviors at the dinner table. It means behaving reasonably and practically with a powerful undertone of love, respect, a glad willingness to listen, honesty confidence to passionately disagree and deep certainty that right or wrong everyone in the family loves and will stand by everyone else. When that is brought to daily life in a family, including family dinners, eating disorders don't have a chance to develop.

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JoannaPoppink First Eating Disorder Psychotherapy Appointment with Joanna Poppink. Here's what happens. https://t.co/qK4RGO3RHF
21hreplyretweetfavorite
JoannaPoppink Dreams: your doorway to eating disorder healing and a meaningful life https://t.co/UY1pO17n8Z
JoannaPoppink Eating Disorder Recovery: Using the language of myth and dream in psychotherapy https://t.co/JZ8mzEVp6I
JoannaPoppink Eating Disorder Recovery, Health and Personal Growth. How Dreams Can Help https://t.co/dz6hFftFFG
JoannaPoppink 12 Discoveries in Early Eating Disorder Recovery https://t.co/1epHf2Tqg7 https://t.co/kcnuJQiRmg

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