There’s this moment in most eating disorder stories…

…a moment when the balls you’ve been juggling for weeks, maybe even years, have started dropping and it has become impossible to pick them all back up. A pivotal moment when the hurt of asking for help is less than the hurt you’ve been feeling. We’ve all had them:

“That’s when I had to leave.”

“That was the moment I made a change.”

Or

“That’s when I finally asked for help.”

It’s a Crux point – a moment when your story shifts.

When the isolated main character becomes the person making connections with others. Finally, there’s an opportunity to share your eating disorder experiences with others and feel even a little bit less alone.

I’ve been a therapist for a while now. In all my time, no one has ever sat down in my office for the first time and led with “You know, everything is good, I just thought I’d visit.” Likely, I’m meeting you when you’ve reached some kind of a decision. A decision to reach for a lifeboat with your last surge of strength instead of sinking or continuing to swim alone.  It’s not easy knowing when it’s time to reach. It takes courage – especially when you’ve been swimming for a long time on your own.

Here at Walden Behavioral Care, we have a fleet of lifeboats dedicated to helping guide you toward healing from your eating disorder.

When we meet for the first time, you might have ideas of what eating disorder treatment programs look like. Maybe a friend came here, maybe you’ve seen a show where a person is in treatment.  I try to stress that no patient looks exactly like another. How you got here is unique to you, and we spend a good deal of time in the beginning getting to know you and what your long swim has looked like so far. We get that eating disorders don’t occur in a vacuum. That’s why it’s so important for us to understand how best to work with you: if there’s been trauma, stress, challenges growing up or happening now – we recognize it all plays a part.

Whether you are new to eating disorder treatment, or an old friend of ours, I hope you walk away from your first visit with information about our programs, and more importantly, with the knowledge that you are not alone. I hope you realize that  on your first day, you’ll meet others who’ve faced similar struggles, and will meet a clinical team who are committed to helping  you develop the tools necessary to get healthier. I hope you feel heard.

Above all, I hope that you someday feel that the pain you’ve carried alone until now, won’t ever be yours to experience singlehandedly again.

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Emily Forsythe, MA, LPC is an evaluation clinician for Walden Behavioral Care’s Waltham, MA clinic. Emily’s work with patients over the years has focused on building relational and individual re-storying for whole-life wellness. Emily completed her Masters at Bellevue University, and completed her licensure in professional counseling (LPC) in Austin, TX. Emily uses a narrative lens to see her patients as the experts in themselves, helping them see treatment as beginning a new chapter when they first come for evaluations.