“As your coach, you will find that I am open-minded, compassionate, encouraging, and goal-oriented. I want to meet you where you are.”
Serving and working as an Eating Disorder Recovery Coach is one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my life. Helping to transform and heal relationships with food and body has proven to be extremely gratifying work, changing one life at a time. As your coach, you will find that I am open-minded, compassionate, encouraging, and goal-oriented. I want to meet you where you are. My desire is to help you achieve your highest potential, not by strategies that punish, but through those that nourish. Because of my personal experience and educational certifications, I am committed and equipped to guide you along your journey. As we work together, eating challenges and struggles with your body become a place of exploration. Instead of seeing such challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for growth and self-development.
Let’s Get Personal
Throughout my twenties, and after constant dieting and body hatred, I quietly battled Anorexia and Bulimia. My only official diagnosis was Bulimia, for I never met the DSM weight criteria for Anorexia; however, I swung back and forth between disorders. My health was starting to decline in many ways, and after experiencing a very scary episode of being rushed to the hospital, I finally cried out to seek help.
I did the work on self, and after just a couple of months in therapy, my intense restrictive behaviors and binge/purge cycle stopped. That was just the beginning. My relationship with food and body still required significant healing. For the next decade, I set out to learn as much I could about nutrition, while continuing to have a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection. After exploring many approaches to eating and overall health, I finally found a balance that works best for me; truly nourishes my body, mind, and soul. You can, too! I will help. My Christian faith, more importantly relationship with God, is a huge key in my own recovery; therefore, I incorporate this specialty into my coaching practice, when desired, and for those with the same beliefs or who are seeking.
Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach
At the Carolyn Costin Institute (CCI) I completed the rigorous, yet very rewarding Coach Training, which educates and trains on an overall approach to life skills and coaching individuals who have eating disorders. As a CCI Coach, I learned how to work with eating disorder clients in both an individual and group setting to help facilitate growth and behavior change related to recovery. The CCI coaching principles parallel the eight core keys detailed in the book and workbook “8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder,” written by Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED and Gwen Grabb, MFT.
Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT) Certified III – Eating Disorder Recovery Coach
Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT) was developed by “Dr. Dorie” McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC, CEDS as a result of her own recovery from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and obesity. She teaches that diets can lead to eating disorders and weight problems; however, EDIT can lead to complete recovery and an ongoing journey of freedom through five powerful principals: Love Your Self, Be True To Your Self, Express Your Self, Give To Your Self, and Believe In Your Self.
Certified Eating Psychology Coach
I also trained at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating (IPE), the world’s leading school for Nutritional Psychology. In IPE’s internationally acclaimed program, I learned powerful tools and protocols, enabling me to work with weight issues, body image challenges, overeating, binge eating and a variety of nutrition related health concerns, such as digestion, fatigue, and mood. My work combines the powerful fields of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind-Body Nutrition, which were developed and originated by Marc David, M.A., Founder for IPE.
Certified in Addiction & Recovery
Recognized by the International Board of Christian Care (IBBC) and proudly co-sponsored by the prominent American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Light University, established in 1999 under the leadership of Dr. Tim Clinton, trains Biblical Counselors, Christian Life Coaches, and Christian Crisis Responders. Often, eating disorders do not exist alone, and there is typically at least one comorbid diagnosis. This certification enables me to work with and discern a wide range of substance and behavioral dependencies. While I enjoy working with women of various faiths and beliefs, as a Christian, having this added framework of biblical truths in recovery empowers me to help on a deeper level for healing the heart, soul, and mind for those who are open, seeking and have a relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Matthew 22: 37-38, Jesus replied “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
Thank you, Sarah. I had this profound feeling of acceptance from our sessions. Acceptance of my body image, acceptance of eating habits, and acceptance of my feelings when I feel them. That is what I took away. I’m looking at food in a whole new light. I appreciate you helping with that mindset!!!
"I really enjoyed taking part in your group. Thanks for having me. You are fabulous! I love all of the psychological aspects behind our eating habits. I must admit, I didn't think about that before. Thank you for opening my eyes!"
"Sarah, thank you for teaching me how to be kind and gentle, while still holding myself accountable. Also, your encouragement, kindness, and support is very motivating! Your group series changed how I see some things. I'm grateful!"
"Sarah is so inspiring and made me see my body in a beautiful new way. She understood me and my challenges making it comfortable to talk about anything. I feel so blessed I found her. For the first time in my life I can actually say I love ME."
"Sarah Lee is one of the most amazing people that have come into my life. I am only 14, but she is one the my biggest blessings to me. She has taught me that food is not something to be afraid of. She's also helped with my body image so much. I would recommend her any day of the week because she is just one of the nicest and genuine people I've ever met and always is thoughtful of you and thanks to her I'm fully recovered. I don't know where I would be without her!!"