Eating Disorders describe illnesses that are characterized by irregular eating habits and severe distress or concern about body weight or shape. Eating disturbances may include inadequate or excessive food intake which can ultimately damage an individual's well-being (Ekern, 2018).
The Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT™) approach was developed by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, MDEd, PhD., LPC, CEDS, through her own journey with ED and the concepts she found that worked for her along the way. This therapy approach can be used for teens and adults.
With that being said, the EDIT™ approach deals with "Feeding the Eating Disorder Mind" to challenge the "false self" with the help of an Intuitive Therapist (IT). The idea of the "false self" portrays control issues, inability to cope in healthy ways, having feelings of not being good enough, and a disconnection from the mind and body. An intuitive therapist promotes healthy and positive change in therapy to make sure the client stays safe throughout the process. The therapist will guide you to become your own IT. Dr. Dorie defines Intuitive recovery as, "our inner wisdom, sixth sense, and a hunch or gut feeling". This process will go into the 5 main principles of the EDIT™ approach: 1. Love Your Self, 2. Be True to Your Self, 3. Express Your Self, 4. Give to Your Self, and 5. Believe in Your Self. You will move from the ED mind (false self) to the IT within (true self).
EDIT™ has roots in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), voice dialogue, Transpersonal, Intuitive eating, mindfulness, and many more modalities. EDIT™ techniques address values/identity, body image, nutrition/fitness, coping skills, core issues (i.e., trauma-related), holistic self-care, and relapse prevention.
Ekern, J. (2018). Eating Disorder: Causes, Symptoms, Signs, & Medical Complications. Retrieved from
(Source: Dr. Dorie McCubbery, Dr. Dorie.com)