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Emergency Hospitalization, Eating Disorder, Coming Home

window_washingAfter his emergency six week hospitalization for eating disorder recovery, Jeremy asks  if bringing his home into order will help him stabilize.  To me, it sounds as if his emergency escort to the hospital was a rescue mission, and that he is lucky he got his life saved.

Now it's time for him to take over and rescue his own life.  That's true for everyone with an eating disorder. The big questions are what to do? how to start? when to start?

Professional Confidentiality and Blogging

               Blogging is public and psychotherapy is private.

Sharing my knowledge with you is a challenge. 

               My deep learning and knowing come not from books and lectures

but from intimate meetings with courageous and determined people who

have given me their trust.  The work takes place in what I consider sacred space.

               In fact, I think the work can only be successful if the time and space my

patients and I share is impenetrable to others and solid for us.

          So please understand, when I give examples I am describing people who are not

and never have been patients or I am creating a fictitious person who represents

what I have seen and heard over many years of being in the field of eating disorder


               What I say in these blogs will be as true as I know truth to be. At the same time I

will be honoring the confidentiality of my patients - past and present. I hope you

understand and can appreciate this aspect of my blog.

Joanna Poppink, MFT, psychotherapist eating disorder specialist, Los Angeles, CA

bulimia, anorexia, compulsive overeating recovery:

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