"“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.”
- Edward Abbet
Active Eating Disorder Recovery for Adults (AEDRA) is for adults who are invested and detremined in reaching full recovery from an eating disorder.
AEDRA is an online support service where people with eating disorders can have a meal support buddy. Adjunct to evidence-based treatment but meal support is not treatment. We work alongside treatment providers but are not treatment providers. We are the encouragement and support that you need at mealtimes.
Take your recovery into your own hands. Take ACTION.
Eat with us!
We know that recovery from an eating disorder requires commitment, motivation, compassion, and determination. But, we also realize that recovery requires eating. Recovery requires food. This is where the action comes in. In order to recover from an eating disorder you have to act. You have to eat.
We know that eating disorders are brain-based biological disorders the affect the sufferer's responce to food and eating in the brain.
AEDRA is about recognizing that treatment for an eating disorder is food first and foremost. We understand that this is the hardest component for most people suffering from an eating disorder to overcome, and we are here to help you tackle this head on.
That is why our site is full of pictures of food. We are not going to pussyfoot around it. You have to eat to recover. We will help you do that.
Learn from other sufferers who have pushed though the fear of food barrier in our blog. Get information on all aspects of recovery in our resources. Get through your meal plan one meal at a time with help from our community and meal support service.
Got questions? Ask.
Got anxiety? Talk to someone.
Want to recover? Eat!
Who We Are
Founder: Tabitha Farrar
After recovering fron Anorexia by adopting principles of Family-Based Treatment to myself as as adult with an eating disorder, I have been a strong advocate of FBT for adults. I was a founding memder of International Eating Disorders Action; of World Eating Disorders Action Day; and am currently a trainer on the Coordinated Speciality Care Board. As well as running AEDRA I have a private eating disorder recovery coaching service.
I also host the Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast and write abundantly on treatment for adults with eating disorders in my blog.
There are a number of people that I have met over the years in the eating disorder advocacy world who have been instrumental in helping me go forward with AEDRA and this meal support service. Special thanks to those on my advisory board who you can find out more about below also.
Dr. Lauren Muhlheim
Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS, is a clinical psychologist who, during graduate school, trained in the Rutgers Eating Disorder Clinic under G. Terence Wilson, Ph.D. Along with Chris Fairburn, Terry Wilson was instrumental in the development of cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders. In this research clinic Dr. Muhlheim was trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for bulimia, and eating disorders have remained a primary focus and interest of study. Since leaving the research clinic, Dr. Muhlheim has continued to employ evidence-based cognitive behavioral psychotherapy for eating disorders in outpatient practice, most recently in Shanghai and Los Angeles.
Dr. Muhlheim obtained training in Maudsley Family-based treatment (FBT) for adolescent eating disorders and is certified in FBT by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. Dr. Muhlheim is also certified as an eating disorder specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP), and is an IAEDP-approved supervisor.
Dr. Muhlheim is active in the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and currently serves on the Academy's Board of Directors as Director for Outreach. Previous positions include Co-Chair of the Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee, Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee, and Founding Co-Chair of the Family-Based Therapy Special Interest Group. She is chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)’s Eating Disorder Special Interest Group and also serves on LACPA’s Ethics Committee and Continuing Education Committee. She is a member of the advisory panel for Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.) Dr. Muhlheim is the Eating Disorders Expert for Verywell (formerly About.com) and is Clinical Director of the Eating Disorder Information website, Mirror-Mirror Eating Disorders.
Dr. Muhlheim directs own group practice in Los Angeles, Eating Disorder Therapy LA, which specializes in evidence-based eating disorder treatment for adolescents and adults. She is active on social media – especially facebook and twitter.
Therese S. Waterhous
Therese S. Waterhous is a PhD/RDN, CEDRD and IAEDP (International Assn. of eating Disorders Professionals) approved supervisor, is owner of Willamette Nutrition Source, LLC, a private outpatient practice devoted to eating disorders care. Therese has formal training in basic research, clinical nutrition and multidisciplinary team treatment of severe pediatric disorders.
Therese co-authored the AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) Practice Paper on nutrition intervention in treatment of eating disorders, authored the online chapter for the AND on pediatric eating disorders and she is immediate past Director of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness nutrition practice group’s eating disorder subunit as well as being a professional advisor for FEAST-ED.org. She is the credentialing chair for the Oregon IAEDP chapter, served as co-chair of the Family Based Treatment SIG, within the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and she currently serves on the Medical Care Standards Committee for the AED and also the Health and
Nutrition Committee for IAEDP. Therese enjoys conducing trainings for health care professionals on eating disorder research and treatment and educating the general public about eating disorders.
Tara Deliberto Ph.D
Tara Deliberto Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the medical school of Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medicine, the director of the new eating disorders partial hospitalization program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and works with private clients in both Westchester & on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Prior to her current positions, Dr. D. trained at other highly regarded eating disorder programs in NYC including Mount Sinai's Eating and Weight Disorders Program and North Shore LIJ's Eating Disorders Treatment Center. Dr. D. has presented her research internationally on life threatening mental health conditions, including eating disorders, self-injurious behavior, & suicide. Currently, her work has been cited in over 600 scientific publications and also has been featured in the Harvard Gazette, Science Daily, & TIME. Although most of her published work to date has been on suicide and self-injurious behavior, Dr. D. is preparing to submit research on aspects of BITE for adolescents she has conducted over the last several years. Additionally, Dr. D. has presented BITE for adolescents on panels to the international professional community at the International Conference on Eating Disorders in 2015 and 2016.
Currently, she is working on adapting BITE for adults with eating disorders and loved ones in their support network. Dr. D also serves as co-chairperson of the Academy for Eating Disorder's Technology & Innovations special interest group and is a member of their award-winning Social Media Committee. Dr. D. also currently serves as the chairperson for NYC CBT's technology committee. For more information on Dr. D.'s work, visit the following sites: Google Scholar, The Psychology Easel, & Twitter.
Lara (Collins) Lyster-Mensh
Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh is an educator and consultant at Circum Mensam. The author of two books about parenting and eating disorders, Laura helped found Maudsley Parents, F.E.A.S.T., and Charlotte’s Helix. She was awarded the Meehan/Harley Award for Public Service and/or Advocacy in 2014. Her passion is helping parents and treatment providers support patients to recovery and resilience.
Emily Troscianko used to have anorexia, and now writes a blog about eating disorders for Psychology
Today, combining personal with scientific perspectives on illness and recovery. Drawing on her PhD research in cognitive literary studies(investigating the psychology of literary reading), she is now researching the interactions between fiction-reading and mental health. A collaboration with the UK eating-disorders charity Beat, which involved running a major online survey on people's perceptions of how reading affects their wellbeing and vice versa, has generated important findings to serve as the basis for future exploration. For instance, there seem to be striking differences between how fiction about eating disorders and sufferers' preferred type of other fiction affect them on dimensions like mood, self-esteem, feelings about one's body, and diet and exercise habits. The next step will be to establish whether these self-reported effects hold up in more controlled experimental conditions.
You can find out more about Emily's writing and research at her website, www.troscianko.com.
Special Thanks To ...
Carl Copley - Web Designer
Carl is our lifesaver web designer. He is also an eating disorder advocate and was key in getting this service up and running.
Helen Barnes - UK Outreach Coordinator
Helen is in her late thirties and in a steady recovery after a 10 year history of anorexia nervosa (restriction and exercise). Based in the UK, Helen has made more progress via peer support and community-based recovery than she did with several inpatient admissions in the UK as well as out patient treatment. Other than times in treatment, Helen remained a 'functioning anorexic' and maintained a career in the nursing field — in the same way that many adult sufferers learn to carry on regardless of their degree of suffering. Helen's recovery process demonstrates her incredible resilience and determination, and her passion for recovery shows in the way she encourages and supports other sufferers.
Hadley Ordway - US Outreach Coordinator
Hadley is dedicated to her recovery. She has made strides in her recovery once she added peer support to her out patient team. She holds a degree in counseling and school psychology. Hadley is determined and working passionately to recover. She currently does advocate work with her local ED collation in NY. She helps to educate others about ED, has participated in legislative campaigns to help pass mental health laws and brings hope to those suffering.