Belief in Eating Disorders Recovery for Family Caregivers

Belief in Eating Disorders Recovery for Family Caregivers

Going into Thanksgiving week when we have a child or other loved one with an eating disorder or other behavioral health issue, can bring a range of emotions that are not festive or joyful. To say the least. My heart is with each of you as you face the challenges that...

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Meditation and Making a Difference, by Becky Henry

Meditation and Making a Difference, by Becky Henry

Yesterday in my weekly online group support call the subject was Meditation, the seventh topic from Dr. Ralph Carson’s presentation with Shannon Kopp in Omaha, NE in September. Dr. Carson spoke about integrating the Positive Psychology work of Dr. Martin Seligman with...

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Eating Disorder Caregiver Resilience

Eating Disorder Caregiver Resilience

re·sil·ience noun  1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. "the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions" Why the topic of resilience today? A. November is National Caregivers Month and caregivers and their carees do much...

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Nourishing Hope for Eating Disorders Recovery

Nourishing Hope for Eating Disorders Recovery

Families with whom I’ve spoken over the 16+ years of coaching parents & other family caregivers of those with eating disorders have shared that it’s difficult during the journey to have hope. That’s an understatement.  Some parents tell me they feel like running...

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Eating Disorders Caregiver Burnout, by Becky Henry

Eating Disorders Caregiver Burnout, by Becky Henry

Parents and other family caregivers of those with eating disorders often want to give up and/or run away. Anxiety and fear are normal reactions to seeing your child/family member disappear before your eyes.  The demands on a family caregiver are so profound I often...

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Eating Disorder Parent Coach – Becky Henry, CPCC

Eating Disorder Parent Coach – Becky Henry, CPCC

 During what feels like a lifetime ago while trying to support a loved one in eating disorder treatment, I had almost no support. It was in the dark ages of treatment research in which parents (especially mothers) were seen as the cause. Not super helpful as you can...

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Meant To Be Moments at Airports, by Becky Henry, CPCC

Meant To Be Moments at Airports, by Becky Henry, CPCC

In the, “you can’t make this stuff up” category or as my friend and fellow author, Mary Treacy O’Keefe would call it, “a meant to be moment” I had an encounter at the Birmingham airport on the way home from presenting with Carlus Houston at the University of AL Eating...

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Eating Disorders Caregivers and Shame

Eating Disorders Caregivers and Shame

Parenting kids who have a propensity to feel worthless and unlovable is not easy to say the least. Each week in the online group support that I facilitate we have a topic that we use to illuminate the challenges family caregivers of those with eating disorders are...

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Self-Sacrifice in Caregiving

Self-Sacrifice in Caregiving

Speaking on the phone with a family caregiver the other day talking about their overwhelm and exhaustion, they were telling me that their self-sacrifice was draining. I asked them one of my favorite questions: “How much of your time is spent taking care of you?” They...

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