Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™
Created by “Dr. Dorie” McCubbrey, PhD, MSEd, LPC, LAC, CEDS
What is EDIT™ ? Hint: it’s NOT a Diet!
Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ is an evidence-based comprehensive treatment approach for eating disorders. EDIT™ was developed in 1995 by “Dr. Dorie” McCubbrey, PhD, MSEd, LPC, LAC, CEDS as a result of her own journey of recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder. The EDIT™ method involves the practice of five principles to make “thought edits” (ED-ITs), transforming the eating disorder mindset into intuitive healing wisdom.
EDIT™ has been used for 20+ years to treat Eating Disorders
In 1995, Dr. Dorie McCubbrey began teaching her clients the five principles of Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ which had guided her own recovery from eating disorders. In 2005, Dr. Dorie was approached by other clinicians who requested training to use her EDIT™ method. In 2013, the EDIT™ Certified training program was launched, to teach the EDIT™ eating disorder theories and ensure quality and consistency for other therapists who use the EDIT™ method.
EDIT™ is Evidence-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders
Over the years, Dr. Dorie has witnessed the transformation of thousands of clients, and she continues to bring the hope of complete recovery to her current clients. Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ has been used to guide successful recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Food Addiction, Exercise Addiction, and other issues with food and weight. EDIT™ features evidence-based practices for the treatment of eating disorders, as outlined below:
Complete recovery from eating disorders is possible! I’d like to show you the way, so you can show your clients the way.
EDIT™ Treatment Model incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) —through compassionate “thought edits,” the eating disorder mindset and behaviors can be transformed into the intuitive wisdom and actions of recovery
EDIT™ Treatment Approach is Solution-Focused — with an overall treatment goal of healing core issues resulting in freedom from eating disorder behaviors
EDIT™ Treatment Process is Client-Centered — where the client learns to access the voice of their own “Intuitive Therapist” to guide their recovery
EDIT™ Treatment Strategies are Values-Driven and Mindfulness-Based — concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are applied specifically to eating disorders recovery
EDIT™ Treatment Philosophy is Transpersonal — going beyond the perspective of the separate self as a dis-eased body, to knowing the whole Self as a Soul-Heart-Mind-Body, connected with all that is
EDIT™ is a Holistic Healing Method
In the Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ treatment philosophy, Eating Disorders are viewed as coping mechanisms. Although eating disorders can go to an extreme and require medical intervention, EDIT™ is designed for individuals with no immediate medical risks. Therefore, EDIT™ treatment is not focused on medical stabilization — the EDIT™ method guides clients to experience Holistic Healing of their eating disorders. Holistic Healing involves addressing the cause of eating disorders, not just the symptom. EDIT™ Strategies are provided to allow symptom reduction, but true symptom resolution is a natural outcome when clients address the root cause of their eating disorders. As EDIT™ Treatment progresses, Holistic Healing occurs at all levels of the Self — Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.
EDIT™ involves the Practice of Five Principles
One part of the Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ approach is related to a shift in mindset, through the practice of the five EDIT™ Principles. The voice of of the Eating Disorder (ED) chatters on seemingly endlessly in the mind of the Anorexic, Bulimic or Binge Eater, making judgments and demands such as: “I’m so fat! How many calories in that? I should go workout! I shouldn’t eat sugar! I’ve got to lose weight!” But deeper within the individual is their “Healing Voice” — their Intuitive Therapist (IT) — gently whispering, “Love Your Self!” However, amidst the chatter of ED, IT can be hard to hear. EDIT™ Treatment involves making “thought edits” (ED-IT)s, to gently and effectively replace ED with IT. The EDIT™ Certifiedpractitioner models the Voice of Intuition until the client can begin to hear it within themselves. The Intuitive Therapist (IT) might say:
Love Your Self — embrace your True Self, soul-heart-mind-body
Be True To Your Self — trust your Intuition for balanced eating
Express Your Self — safely explore and resolve your core issues
Give To Your Self — feed your True Hunger with Intuitive Self-Care
Believe In Your Self — enjoy your journey of recovery and be free!
EDIT™ guides Transformation from “false self” to “True Self”
Another aspect of the Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ treatment philosophy is that recovery involves a transformation from “false self” to “True Self.” Sometimes if can feel like the Eating Disorder is one’s identity — but the predominant thoughts and behaviors which are dictated by the Eating Disorder are actually a projection of a “false self,” as is the resulting physical image reflected by the body in the world. This “false self” is typically “born” at a critical stage in development — generally between the ages of 7-10 years — when the individual begins to perceive they are separate from others, and seeks acceptance from others as a means of feeling connected. The individual might wonder, “Who should I be in order to fit in, be accepted, feel loved?” At this point, the false self identity emerges, in efforts to be “good enough.” Eating Disorders can arise, as the false self strives to achieve body perfection based on society’s ideals. Eating Disorders can also be a means of coping with the overall incongruence of being a false self. Deep inside, the “True Self” hungers to be expressed — and the Eating Disorder is an attempt to “feed” this hunger with excess food, or “ignore” it through starvation. Recovery is about remembering and reclaiming one’s True Self, and feeding one’s True Hunger. EDIT™ facilitates this transformation from false self to True Self, as clients discover, “I’ve been ‘good enough’ all along.”
EDIT™ involves Intuition to guide Eating, Exercise and Living
A key component of the Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ method is the concept of INTUITION — which many people can relate to as a guiding force in their lives. Intuition can be defined as:
WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY – “direct perception of, or the power of understanding, a fact, the truth, a conclusion, etc., without any reasoning process or analysis”
DR. DORIE’S DEFINITION – “Intuition is… our inner wisdom, sixth sense, a hunch or gut feeling… Our intuition is the voice of our soul.” (from p.49 of Dr. Dorie’s book, “How Much Does Your Soul Weigh?”)
If intuition can be trusted for making relationship decisions, or career choices, why not trust intuition to guide eating, exercise and weight regulation, too? We’re all born with intuition, but dieting and other weight loss messages can interfere with our ability to hear our intuition. Recovery is about reconnection with and reinforcement of our Intuitive Thoughts (IT).
EDIT™ leads to Complete Recovery from Eating Disorders
Complete recovery involves guiding clients to live as if they’ve never had an eating disorder! This is an essential aspect of the Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ – that complete recovery is possible. Imagine what this is like. The client’s Mind is free of the obsessive chatter of ED, and they are guided on an ongoing basis by their inner Intuitive Therapist (IT). Occasionally, your client might notice an ED thought creeping into your mind, but their ongoing recovery practice is to quickly catch-and-release these thoughts, while gently turning up the volume of their Intuitive Thoughts (IT). Your client’s Body has experienced compassionate Self-Love and has responded by healing of many of the consequences of Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. Your client’s Heart has freedom to fully feel and express in healthy ways, and they can experience deeper connections with others. Your client’s Soul is their core essence, and they feel centered in their authenticity. Your client is living as their True Self — Soul-Heart-Mind-Body — enjoying their journey of freedom!
EDIT™ Outcome Studies include Qualitative Assessments
• at the intake session, clients complete the EDIT™ Assessment (Part I) – a questionnaire about their eating disorder behaviors, which provides a baseline measurement at the commencement of treatment
• in addition, clients also complete the EDIT™ Assessment (Part II) – a self-rating of their current status in each of the five EDIT™ Principles, which assists with treatment planning
• as treatment progresses, these self-ratings can be repeated, as an assessment of progress and to allow establishment of new treatment goals
• at the final therapy session, the client is given an option to complete the EDIT™ Assessments, and comparisons can then be made to data from their intake session
• qualitative analysis of Dr. Dorie’s client population reveals a significant reduction in eating disorder behaviors and improvement in measures of recovery, as reflected by responses on the EDIT™ Assessments
• although complete recovery from eating disorders is possible, relapse is also possible — and former clients sometimes return for “tune up” sessions, to learn from a relapse experience and to reinforce recovery
• many clients share testimonials about their EDIT™ treatment experience, with some sharing follow-up reports of ongoing success after a year or more
It’s been about a year since my closure session, and I wanted to give you an update! My husband says that in respect to my relationship with food, I’m like a different person. I agree with him, and it feels GREAT. It feels so good to not be a slave to cravings and self-loathing anymore. Thank you for what you do to bless the lives of women like me. I will be forever grateful !
(a former client)
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