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Psychotherapy and eating disorder recovery work take many forms. In this extensive grouping you'll find articles, links and discussions that include stories of individuals working through their healing process and descriptions of different treatment approaches.  Issues include trust, bingeing, starving, sexuality, fear, anxiety, triumphs, abuse, shame, dream work, journal keeping and more. Discussions regarding insurance and finances are here as well.  Reading these articles and participating in discussions will give you deep and varied windows into eating disorder recovery treatment.

Clutter and You: A dialogue for space and freedom

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A shelf in my office in front of a window. 

Using dream analysis and guided imagery methodology you can dialogue with your obstacles and discover opportunity.  Here’s an example that gives both sides of your dilemma a voice.

If you are depressed, claustrophobic, engaging in poor stress relief habits like overeating or drinking to calm or numb yourself you may be adding to your lethargy or downright paralysis about clearing your clutter.

This physical and emotional situation is a call to hopelessness and despair while the life you want grows more distant and unreachable.

You can become accustomed to your clutter so you no longer see it, or worse, it feel familiar and homey.

 Example of Self-talk and conversation with clutter

Virtual Psychotherapy: what's it like? a video

Virtual psychotherapy is now the standard way of delivering services. If you've been in therapy and switch from seeing your therapist in person to seeing her online or on Facetime you may miss the personal presence and setting.  But you are grateful that your work continues with the person you trust and with whom you have developed a history.

If you are new to psychotherapy or new to the psychotherapist you are considering, what's it like to start work online? Your questions may include: 

1. What's it like to be with this person?
2. How will I feel with her?
3. I get a sense of a person when I am with them. How will I get that sense over a monitor?
4. I need support and warmth. Isn't virtual psychotherapy cold?
5. How can I share intimate personal information to a stranger on a screen?
6. How can she know me if she just sees my face on a screen?
7. What happens in online psychotherapy?
8. I need help. Can this kind of therapy work?

Why Start Psychotherapy?

face soul 3785539 340Shadows of the mind. Light and darkness. Active and passive. More in our depths that we can develop and use than we know.

People usually come to psychotherapy for the first time because they are in pain, bewildered and because everything they knew about problem solving no longer works for them. Going inside their psyches seems like the last option. Even then, they do not know what to expect. At first, they want to know how long it will take to fix their lives.

This is a normal response when a person is plunged into an unrecognizable

How Are You Holding Up? Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders emerging show us what we need now

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       We need our internal structure to hold, especially when we can't see ahead.

Values

We define ourselves by our personal values. We know who we are and live by our personal code. At least, that is what we convince ourselves.

But some of our values are what we wished we supported. Some of them are based on what we are told to support by respected others. And some of our values may be based on our fear of disapproval.

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JoannaPoppink RT @SenSchumer: I just forced a vote to stop Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination from moving forward because Senator Graham broke the Judi…
JoannaPoppink RT @PeteButtigieg: Donald Trump wants to talk about literally anything besides his disastrous response to this pandemic.
JoannaPoppink RT @nytopinion: Donald Trump “is a racist demagogue presiding over an increasingly diverse country; an isolationist in an interconnected wo…
JoannaPoppink RT @DanRather: A remarkable moment from the past where decency and hope won out on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Mr. Rogers. Definitely worth w…
JoannaPoppink RT @PeteButtigieg: Just imagine turning on the TV, seeing your president, and feeling your blood pressure go down instead of up.

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