Coaches don't replace therapists, dieticians or physicians. We're an adjunct to your important work. I want to begin by saying that I completely respect your education, experience and all the time and effort you put into maintaining your practice. I will never detract from that — in fact, I want to make your job easier by filling a role that most therapists, dieticians and physicians don’t have time to fill or may not want to fill. For instance I am trained in how to take a client out to buy new clothes after they’ve restored weight. When I say trained, I mean that Carolyn Costin, my teacher, shared with us everything she’s learned from 40 years of working with clients — including how to shift directions if the client can’t find anything that fits right while shopping. At that point I say to her/him “Let’s focus on getting a nice scarf or some earrings and we can try another store some other time”.
I’m also trained to meet with clients at restaurants and eat with them — coaching them through their anxiety so eventually they are comfortable enough to eat with friends and family. I know what to say if I see the client hiding food in their sleeve or napkin. “I think your eating disorder self is making you hide some food. Is there something you want to say right now about how you are feeling or what you might need?” Clients can text me after the meal session for support in refraining from behaviors.
In 1:1 sessions, I help clients strengthen the healthy self so they can challenge the eating disorder self. Carolyn Costin's 8 Keys to Recovering From an Eating Disorder text and workbook provide discussion topics and assignments.
Art-making is another tool I use with clients to help them reconnect with their soul self/wise mind and self-expression. I've delivered art workshops to adults experiencing mental illness, children with special education needs, adults with intellectual disabilities, cancer patients and adults living with chronic illness. Through art-making clients reconnect to their "soul-self". Their art reveals wisdom needed in the moment. The process of painting, collaging etc. gives clients a positive focus and something to look forward to.
I’ll coach clients to reach goals you’ve helped them identify. Recovery is all about changing behaviors and getting reconnected to one’s true self. My coaching will take its lead from you and other team members. I’ll update you regularly — in a way that is helpful and convenient for you — and we can discuss that one-on-one. I know how busy you are — I want to make it as simple as possible.
Let me tell you about my education. My certification will be earned through the Carolyn Costin Institute. I took the coaching course for recovered coaches — it consists of 11 in-depth modules with a written test at the end of each one which Carolyn personally reviewed and commented on. The course took me 10 months to complete, working on it a few hours 4 days a week. I also passed a written final exam which took me 60 hours to complete and required me to write dialogues that I would have with clients on various topics I learned in the course — including discussing how culture affects body image and the necessity for clients (and all of us) to protect ourselves from diet culture by deleting Instagram feeds and practicing mindfulness so you can respond rather than react to life situations and urges for eating disorder behaviors. Carolyn Costin personally reviewed all of my work and gave me feedback. I will continue to receive supervision as needed from Carolyn and certified CCI coaches.
I am also completing an internship, working directly with clients. Carolyn Costin reviewed these recorded sessions and gave me supervision. I attend Carolyn’s group supervision meetings where CCI coaches ask Carolyn questions, get answers and share resources.
I believe clients who have a therapist and a coach have the best of both worlds.
Why? Because they receive in-depth therapy for complex issues from their therapist and daily support for practical goals like grocery shopping, cooking and following their meal plan from me — their coach. Coaches focus on the here and now. We don’t address the “WHY?” of the eating disorder — the underlying issues — like trauma, abuse, family dynamics. For instance, if my client says they had a nightmare about childhood sexual abuse, I would say to them, “I’m so sorry you went through that. How is that impacting your recovery today?” and bring it back to the goals we’re working on like eating breakfast and doing movement they enjoy. If they want to share a traumatic experience, I can listen and empathize, but then I’ll recommend they speak to their therapist. I’ll include that in my note to the therapist right after the session.
I will lean on training I received while working for 2 years in behavioral health as an expressive clinician. I earned a psyche tech credential at Art Awakenings in Phoenix, AZ and worked 1:1 and with groups of adults experiencing severe mental illness. I helped clients gain vocational and social skills through art making, writing and theater coaching. My classes were always filled and clients’ symptoms visibly improved during my tenure.
My coaching is 12-step literate. Although CCI coaches are not 12-step based, I am in a unique position to help clients who want to utilize 12-step recovery but may be struggling with some of its language or structure.
I’ve been mentoring women through support groups for many years. It’s been incredibly rewarding to help them get well and watch as they change careers, get married and have babies.
My intuitive training helps me be a better coach. Pre-covid I was hired to give intuitive readings at private and corporate events. I won The Bash's "Best of 2019" award for bringing beneficial messages to guests using my hand-made oracle cards. I believe we are all intuitive but not everyone chooses to develop their skill. Many eating disorder sufferers are "Highly Sensitive People" (HSP). They sense when someone is truly seeing and hearing them on an intuitive level. This increases trust and accelerates their recovery.
As an eating disorder recovery coach I serve as a role model for my clients because I am recovered for many years. Clients who are exposed to recovered people are more successful because they see proof that it’s possible. That’s a big part of why I decided to become a coach; I want to help others achieve the freedom I enjoy every day and actively pursue their dreams. This means disclosing parts of my story when it will be beneficial and sharing practical tips that helped me get where I am today. I’m not saying people who don’t have lived experience cannot help clients get well — not at all. I’m saying that I am uniquely suited to help because of what I’ve been through and I’m happy to partner with treatment teams of all types.
I know it takes a great deal of trust to refer your clients to someone because you want the best for them. I feel worthy of that trust because of my lived experience and training. I am really excited to work with clients and I’m happy to answer any questions you have about me and my coaching. We can meet on ZOOM for a get-to-know-you chat. You can reach me via e-mail: info@CrystalDaigle.com
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