FREE EATING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUPS

 

The Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver offers FREE support groups. Here is a link for more information about these groups: 

http://eatingdisorderfoundation.org/get-help/support-groups/

 

ANAD (The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) also offers FREE support groups in the Denver area. Here is a link for more information: http://www.anad.org/our-services/about-our-support-groups/ 

 

WEBSITES/AUTHORS/BLOGS

On Couples Therapy...

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, pioneered PACT (A Psychobiological Approach To Couples Therapy) out of exciting, cutting-edge research in three areas. The first is neuroscience, the study of the human brain. Understanding how the brain works provides a physiological basis for understanding how people act and react within relationships. In a nutshell, some areas of your brain are wired to reduce threat and danger and seek security, while others are geared to establish mutuality and loving connection. The second is attachment theory, which explains the biological need to bond with others. Experiences in early relationships create a blueprint that informs the sense of safety and security you bring to adult relationships. Insecurities that have been carried through life can wreak havoc for a couple if these issues are not resolved. The third area is the biology of human arousal—meaning the moment-to-moment ability to manage one’s energy, alertness, and readiness to engage. Here is a link to The PACT Institute for more information on this approach: http://www.thepactinstitute.com 

On Eating Disorders, Empowerment, and Body Image...

Jenni Schaefer, author of "Life Without ED", has a ton of downloadable worksheets as well as audio clips for recovery support. Here is a link to her "Resources" page: http://www.jennischaefer.com/resources/

 

Brene Brown, Researcher and CEO of COURAGEworks, offers a number of short videos that support work around shame, vulnerability, parenting, and more. You can also sign up for (or "gift" to someone else) a variety of courses, talks, etc. Here is a link to COURAGEworks site: http://www.courageworks.com/about

 

Glennon Doyle Melton, author of Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior, has a site called "Momastery" that offers videos, writing, resources, etc, that support women and create connection through shared experiences. Here is a link to her site: http://momastery.com/blog/

 

Health at Every Size (HAES) is a movement and a place to go for support and community. Started by Linda Bacon, PhD, HAES has a website where you can pledge your support and learn more about the fundamentals of what advocating for HAES means: http://haescommunity.com 

On Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)...

 

Elaine Aron, PhD, has pioneered research on being "highly sensitive", a trait I find is very common among clients I work with (especially those with eating disorders and anxiety). Her website has a lot of information on being highly sensitive and links to order her books which I have found very helpful: http://hsperson.com/about-dr-elaine-aron/ 

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

On eating disorders...

"Life Without ED" by Jenni Schaefer

"goodbye ed, hello me" by Jenni Schaefer

"Eating in the Light of the Moon" by Anita Johnston

"in the water they can't see you cry" by Amanda Beard

"Surviving an Eating Disorder" by Siegel, Brisman, and Weinshel

"Intuitive Eating" by Tribole and Resch

"Father Hunger" by Maine

On being highly sensitive...

"The Highly Sensitive Person" by Elaine Aron

"The Highly Sensitive Child" by Elaine Aron

"The Highly Sensitive Person In Love" by Elaine Aron

On couples...

"Wired For Love" by Stan Tatkin

"Wired For Dating" by Stan Tatkin

"Love and War in Intimate Relationships" by Marion Solomon 

On emotional neglect...

"Running on Empty" by Jonice Webb

On activism and body image...

"Health at Every Size" by Linda Bacon

"Body Kindness" by Rebecca Scritchfield 

"Body Wars" by Margo Maine

On trauma...

"Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma" by Peter Levine

"Traumatic Narcissism" by Shaw

On personality disorders and difficult relationships...

"Mothers Who Can't Love" by Susan Forward

"Stop Walking on Eggshells" by Mason and Kreger

"Disarming the Narcissist" by Behary

"Why Am I Still Depressed?" by Jim Phelps

On inner-child work...

"Healing the Child Within" by Charles Whitfield

On women, shame, vulnerability, and intuition...

"Women Who Run with the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

"Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown

"I thought it was just me (but it isn't)" by Brene Brown

"Rising Strong" by Brene Brown

"Carry On, Warrior" by Glennon Doyle Melton

"Love Warrior" by Glennon Doyle Melton

On perfectionism...

"The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown

 

On attachment...

"Attached" by Levine and Heller

On codependency...

"Codependent No More" by Melody Beattie

"Beyond Codependency" by Melody Beattie

"Language of Letting Go" by Melody Beattie

"Choices" by Melody Beattie