I do not follow a 12-Step approach. My approach is holistic (it takes into account the whole human and the separate but interconnected aspects of your life), and individualized (tailored to you and your unique circumstances).
That said, if you are following or want to also follow a 12-Step (or any other) approach, there is no reason you can’t do so at the same time we work together.
As a Certified Weight Neutral Coach, I am trained to supports clients facing a variety of body image concerns, as well as various social and institutional challenges faced by clients along the size spectrum.
As a Certified Diet Recovery Coach, I am trained to work with clients who are struggling to let go of diet mentality, diet-binge cycling, restrictive behaviors around food, and other eating-related challenges.
Trying to do anything new or different can be challenging.
But while it may be hard both in ways that you expected and in ways that surprise you, it will likely be easier than you thought in others – it will be different for everyone.
A more useful question might be “Will this be worth it?”
You can’t fail at this. You really can’t. Even if you start and stop one or more times. Even if (fill in any action, feeling, etc. that might equate to “failure” in your mind right now).
Because this is a process, not an end goal, and you simply can’t fail at a process. By definition, it is always unfolding.
And anything that happens along the way can be used to propel you forward if you allow it.
No, sorry, but we’re still humans living the human experience and that means that nothing will magically result in zero hardships and endless happiness.
HOWEVER, our ability to deal with those hardships can increase exponentially. AND, we can feel the happiness – as well as all the other emotions – so much more deeply.
Not to mention the numerous other benefits - like discovering all the places you may have had shame and self-loathing lurking, and that they don’t have to live with you forever.
Absolutely! SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) defines recovery as "A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential." This is about addressing anything that is keeping you from being engaged with, and enjoying, your life.
This is your time and your life - you are the expert on what you need.
~ Do you follow a 12-Step approach?
~ What does it mean to be a Certified Weight Neutral Coach?
~ What if I fail?
~ Can we work on anything else together?
~ Will doing this work mean that life will never suck?
~ Will this be hard?
~ What does it mean to be a Certified Diet Recovery Coach?
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