A unique and personal look into treatment of eating disorders, written by a therapist and her former patient, now a therapist herself.
This is no ordinary book on how to overcome an eating disorder. The authors bravely share their unique stories of suffering from and eventually overcoming their own severe eating disorders. Interweaving personal narrative with the perspective of their own therapist-client relationship, their insights bring an unparalleled depth of awareness into just what it takes to successfully beat this challenging and seemingly intractable clinical issue.
For anyone who has suffered, their family and friends, and other helping professionals, this book should be by your side. With great compassion and clinical expertise, Costin and Grabb walk readers through the ins and outs of the recovery process, describing what therapy entails, clarifying the common associated emotions such as fear, guilt, and shame, and, most of all, providing motivation to seek help if you have been discouraged, resistant, or afraid. The authors bring self-disclosure to a level not yet seen in an eating disorder book and offer hope to readers that full recovery is possible.
About the Author
Carolyn CostinMA, MEd, MFT, founder of Monte Nido Treatment Center, is a therapist, activist, author, and renowned eating disorder expert.
Gwen Schubert Grabb is a psychotherapist in private practice. She lives in Palos Verdes Penninsula, California.
Babette Rothschild, MSW, internationally recognized PTSD specialist, has authored seven books and edits the 8 Keys to Mental Health series for W. W. Norton. Following nine exciting years studying and working in Copenhagen, Denmark, she now resides in her native Los Angeles, California.
[R]emarkably readable . . . . [C]ontains much that a counselor would find useful and it could form the basis for a programme that client and counselor tackled together. — Therapy Today
Carolyn Costin was my eating disorder therapist, and I credit her with my recovery. 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder gives the reader the same insight, inspiration, and tools that Carolyn gave to me. It's straightforward, well-written, and allows the reader to actively participate in her own recovery. I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder.
— Portia de Rossi
Carolyn Costin is the first person who ever looked me in the eyes and said, 'You can be fully recovered from your eating disorder.' In 8 Keys to Recovery, she and Gwen Grabb say just that. Even better, they provide real wisdom and guidance on how to actually find that freedom. I highly recommend this book!
— Jenni Schaefer, author of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me and Life Without Ed
In 8 Keys to Recovery Costin and Grabb courageously disclose details of their own eating disorder histories, and also engage in revealing dialogue about Grabb’s successful (if sometimes difficult) treatment by Costin. In doing so, they expose the most intimate challenges of living with and healing an eating disorder both personally and professionally. Costin and Grabb enlighten the reader with the knowledge they gained from failure as well as success, literally, from the inside out.
— Babette Rothschild, author of 8 Keys to Trauma Recovery Trauma Essentials and The Body Remembers
Costin and Grabb support their clients so they can learn to accept and understand instead of always having to fight their illness. Their keys are clear and flexible. — PsychCentral
By the time I got to the third key, I had stopped writing down highlights for this review because the value of this book is greater than the sum of the eight individual keys. Not only do I believe this book can be extremely helpful to someone suffering from an eating disorder, but I believe it could be helpful for other practitioners who are not specialized in eating disorders. — Dietsinreview.com
This brave and hopeful book melds difficult personal narrative with the intimacies of a therapist-client relationship…The book not only offers great insight into how to beat this formidable illness/addiction, but supplies the motivation to do so. It should be in the hands of everyone who suffers from this affliction, directly or indirectly. — The Globe and Mail