What Our Members Are Saying About The Group…
Brooke Ferrari talks about her experience in episode 20 of the Permission To Eat podcast.
“Libby’s bi-weekly support group has made an incredible difference on my life and my eating disorder recovery during this time of social distancing. Admittedly, I was a little nervous, having never met Libby in real life, but she makes the group such a safe place and it has really been essential to help me stay on track in my recovery journey. Having been to different levels of of outpatient treatment for the last three years, I would say this is one of the most supportive groups I’ve ever been in. I am so thankful I joined this group and so thankful for Libby. “
“This group has been a safe place to share my struggles with other members of the recovery community. The people in this group understand what I am going through, and they are a great source of support. Libby Parker does a great job at moderating the meetings so that nothing discussed is triggering or uncomfortable for any group members.”
“It’s really helpful to have a space to talk and relate with others about the specific challenges of navigating quarantine with an eating disorder in a non-judgemental, supportive environment. Libby has a way of engaging that is very refreshing, approaching the group with a mix of empathy, relatability, and honest, relevant feedback. Regardless of what each group member is dealing with personally, she can find the common ground, and make sure each person is engaged and has a voice. I’ve left each group feeling energized and understood, and she’s even given me some creative ways to navigate my own challenges. I’m really grateful to have found Libby’s group.”
“For me, this group was especially helpful because of the support it provided. I knew that I could get through the hard days since I had ED recovery support group later in the week. There were people from various stages in their recovery journeys, but everyone came together to listen to one another and offer whatever tools they could. One specific tool I picked up was using ‘Ed’ to refer to eating disorder thoughts, which I had read about in ‘Permission to Eat’ but had totally forgotten. Maybe just hearing another person use the tool made it stick, but since it has I have felt empowered! ED recovery support group was super encouraging as it offered a chance to hear another person say they are struggling in this season too, and that alone helped remind me that we are stronger than Ed.
PS I felt confident and capable when I went grocery shopping today, and actually enjoyed it!!”
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I am already working with a dietitian/other professionals, will I get anything out of this group?
Absolutely! Everyone has their own teaching and learning style. While the overall messaging may be the same, the way I present it may be the “ah-hah” you need. Sometimes watching someone else get coached, or ask a question you didn’t know you had, can be illuminating! Most people can pick out the same issues and achievements in others better than in themselves.
Plus, this group will keep you on-task between your sessions with your individual providers so you are constantly making progress on your relationship to food. This group does not replace individual sessions, or higher levels of treatment, but is an add-on for additional support, or maintenance after completing treatment.
(Here is a video I did on the importance of community in recovery: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_0JIE8FTZl/)
What times are the live calls?
virtual video sessions
What times are the live calls?
Is this pre-recorded modules, or live sessions? What is the format?
It’s all about the live video calls! This isn’t a one-shot course, because there is no one-size-fits-all for eating. Each session is held live so we can go through where you are right now, and to maintain privacy the support group calls will not be recorded.
We may record the educational webinars so you can reference them later if you miss the live call.
(On the membership site, there are also audio, video, and text resources for more learning, but that’s not the bulk of the program.)
Who is this group for?
This group is for anyone struggling with their relationship to food (look at that list of statements that may describe you) who wants to make a change and live without food fear and anxiety, while being their healthiest self mentally and physically. You do not need to have a diagnosed eating disorder to be a part of this group.
While the group is open to all genders, ages 18+, we tend to mostly have females in their 20’s.
We do not recommend this group for acute (very serious) eating disorders (please seek apropriate help); but it is a great add-on to your individual sessions with providers, or as a maintenance accountability group.
Do I need to be diagnosed with an eating disorder to get something out of this group?
Absolutely NOT! You don’t even need to think you have an eating disorder. If you find that you are resonating with any of the statements above, and want a better relationship with food & your body, this is the place for you!
What is the cost?
…tbd the next time we offer this course…
What is your cancellation policy?
You won’t want to once you start seeing your life change, and we want you to commit to at least one month. Eating Disorders (ED) make it tricky to try getting help because they (the ED thoughts) want to keep you stuck and away from anything that might challenge the eating disorder thoughts/behaviors.
We do not offer refunds; however, you may cancel your membership at any time.
Ask why you are not happy with this group before backing out. Your ED might be trying to keep you from getting help. Try to get use out of the whole month- come to the live sessions. Let’s kick your disordered thoughts to the curb!