About Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™

Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ is a comprehensive approach for complete recovery from eating disorders. EDIT™ was developed in 1995 by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC, CEDS as a result of her own journey of recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder. The EDIT™ eating disorder theories and treatment methods involve the practice of five principles to make thought edits (ED-ITs), transforming the eating disorder mindset into intuitive guidance.


EDIT™ is for all types of Eating Disorders

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™ Addresses the Cause of Eating Disorders for Symptom Resolution and Holistic Healing

Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™  considers eating disorders coping mechanisms, rather than illnesses or diseases. Although eating disorders can go to an extreme and require medical intervention, EDIT™ is designed for individuals who are experiencing mild-to-moderate eating disorder symptoms, which present no immediate medical risks.  As such, EDIT™ treatment is not focused on medical stabilization but rather involves addressing the cause of eating disorders and not just the symptoms. EDIT™ Strategies are provided to allow symptom reduction with true symptom resolution being a natural outcome when clients address the root cause of their eating disorders.


EDIT™ involves the Practice of Five Principles to Replace Eating Disorder Thoughts with Intuitive Healing Wisdom

The voice of the Eating Disorder (ED) chatters on endlessly in the mind of destructive dieters, anorexic, bulimic, binge, compulsive and other disordered eaters, making judgments and demands such as… “I’m so fat! How many calories are in that? I should go workout.  I shouldn’t eat sugar.  I’ve got to lose weight.  I’m not good enough unless I’m thin enough.” But deeper within the individual is a healing voice — an Intuitive Therapist (IT) — gently whispering, “You are lovable as you are. You are more than a body.  You are worthy.  You deserve health.” However and unfortunately, amidst the chatter of ED, the intuitive therapist can be hard to hear.  EDIT™ Treatment involves making thought edits (ED-IT)s, to gently and effectively replace ED with IT.  The EDIT™ Certified practitioner models the voice of the intuitive therapist (IT) until the client can begin to hear it within themselves.


EDIT™ Guides  the Transformation from “false self” to “true self”

Sometimes it can feel like an 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. Recovery involves a transformation from this false self to the true self. The 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 in this stage 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 having 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 they’ve been “good enough” all along.


EDIT™ Relies on Trusting Intuition to Guide Eating, Exercise, and Living

A key component of the EDIT™  is the concept of intuition. We’re all born with the ability to care for ourselves and eat intuitively, but dieting and other weight loss messages can interfere with our ability to hear or heed the suggestions of our intuition. A big part of recovery is reconnecting with our intuition and trusting our internal cues instead of relying on external cues to guide our eating, exercise, and living


EDIT™ leads to Complete Recovery* from Eating Disorders

Complete recovery is living as if you never had an eating disorder. This is an essential aspect of the EDIT™  – the conviction that complete recovery is possible. Imagine….

Your mind is free of the obsessive chatter of the eating disorder and you are guided on an ongoing basis by your intuition to tell you what, when and how much to eat. Occasionally, you might notice eating disorder thoughts sneaking up but you quickly catch-and-release these thoughts while gently turning up the volume of your intuition and trusting that your Intuitive Therapist knows what is best for you. Your body, having finally experienced compassionate self-love,  has responded by healing many of the consequences of your eating disorder – you sleep better, feel more confident and relaxed, have more energy to do the things you love and spend your time living the life you were meant to live instead of focusing on your body, your weight and food. You are no longer afraid of your emotions and express yourself in healthy ways and as a result, you are able to experience deeper connections with others and get more enjoyment from your relationships. You are finally living an authentic life.

EDIT™ is Solution-Focused with the overall goal of complete recovery from eating disorders

EDIT™ is Client-Centered teaching clients to access the voice of their own Intuitive Therapist to guide their recovery

EDIT™ is Mindfulness-Based – through compassionate thought edits the eating disorder mindset and behaviors can be transformed into the intuitive wisdom and actions of recovery

EDIT™ is Transpersonal — going beyond the perspective of the separate self as a diseased, faulty body to respecting the whole self

* Although complete recovery from eating disorders is possible, relapse is also a possibility, as with any and all eating disorder treatment. It is normal for clients to return to counseling for more guidance after the initial work is done, either to learn from a relapse experience or to reinforce recovery.


Who to Call to Get Started

Eatuitive offers Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™  face-to-face in Austin, Texas and worldwide through Zoom video conferencing (a free service for clients).

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