Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™

A comprehensive approach for lasting recovery from eating disorders

EDIT™ has been used for more than 20 years to help people overcome eating disorders


In 1995, Dr. Dorie McCubbrey began teaching her clients the five principles of Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ which had guided her own recovery from eating disorders. In 2005, Dr. Dorie was approached by other therapists who requested training to use her EDIT™ method. In 2013, the EDIT™ Certified training program was launched, to ensure quality and consistency for practitioners who use the EDIT™ approach. EDIT™ involves the practice of five principles:

  • Love Your Self – today, no matter what you weigh
  • Be True To Your Self – trust intuition, answers are within
  • Express Your Self – balance mood instead of using food
  • Give To Your Self – fill your own well and be well
  • Believe In Your Self – live free today and every day

EDIT™ has applications for all types of eating disorders


Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ has been used to guide successful recovery from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and other types of addictions. EDIT™ features evidence-based practices combined with cutting-edge tools and techniques.  Here are some perspectives:

  • EDIT™ techniques are Evidence-Based — incorporating the “gold standard” of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • EDIT™ approach is Solution-Focused — with an overall goal of lasting freedom from eating disorder behaviors
  • EDIT™ process is Client-Centered — where the client learns to access the voice of their own “Intuitive Therapist” to guide their recovery
  • EDIT™ strategies are Mindfulness-Based — through compassionate “thought edits,” the eating disorder mindset and behaviors can be transformed into the intuitive wisdom and actions of recovery
  • EDIT™ philosophy is Transpersonal — going beyond the perspective of the separate self or “false self” as a dis-eased body, to knowing one’s holistic or “True Self” as a Soul-Heart-Mind-Body, connected with all that is

Who is EDIT™ designed for?


In the Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ treatment philosophy, eating disorders are viewed as coping mechanisms which stem from the “false self.” EDIT™ recovery is about remembering and reconnecting with one’s “True Self.” Although eating disorders can go to an extreme and require medical intervention, EDIT™ is designed for individuals who are experiencing mild-to-moderate eating disorder symptoms, which present no immediate medical risks. Therefore, EDIT™ treatment is not focused on medical stabilization — the EDIT™ method guides clients to decipher the “messages” of their eating disorders by becoming curious about their underlying cause. EDIT™ techniques offer interventions to reduce eating disorder behaviors, but true symptom resolution is a natural outcome when clients address the root cause of their eating disorders. As EDIT™ treatment progresses, holistic healing occurs at all levels of the True Self — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Would You Like To Experience These EDIT™ Outcomes?
EDIT™ Certified Eating Disorder Treatment Clinicians and Recovery Coaches have specialized training to address Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, and other issues with food, exercise and weight. When you work with an EDIT™ Certified Professional, they will customize a plan to meet your specific needs. You can achieve goals including:
The first EDIT™ Principle, Love Your Self, can guide you to improve self-image and overcome body dysmorphia (a distorted perception of specific physical features). You will discover how to change the critical attitudes you have about your body into a positive sense of your whole Self. Using guided imagery, mindfulness meditation, and interactive take-home techniques, you can heal the disconnect between mind and body to create an integrated experience of overall well-being. Complete recovery from eating disorders begins with a foundation of complete Self-Love.
Sometimes it can feel like your eating disorder is your identity – but recovery from eating disorders is about remembering who you really are! The eating disorder thoughts and behaviors are a “false self,” almost like a mask, projecting who you think you should be and hiding what you don’t want others to see. Underneath this mask lies your “True Self” and its Intuitive Wisdom, waiting to resurface. You will discover what your mask represents, and gradually peel away its layers, revealing the truth of who you are. You will learn the essential aspects of the parts of yourself you’ve tried to keep hidden, and you’ll genuinely want to be free of the mask you’ve been wearing. Through the exploration of your core values, beliefs, purpose, goals and dreams, you will reconnect with your True Self at the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual levels. Free of the mask of your eating disorder, you can truly be happy with your authentic answers to the question, “Who Am I?”
The second EDIT™ Principle, Be True To Your Self, opens you to your intuitive wisdom which can guide your recovery. You'll make peace with food by challenging your diet myths, gradually making changes to improve your nutrient intake, and implementing strategies to overcome eating-disordered behavior. You will not follow a meal plan, count exchanges, or weigh/measure your food – instead, you will discover the approach of Intuitive Eating, where you will learn how to honor your hunger by selecting the type and amount of food that your body truly needs. By following an intuitive process, you can enjoy the true freedom of complete recovery from eating disorders and food addiction.
If your intuition can guide you in making decisions with your life, your relationships, your career, and your eating, then it can guide you with your exercise choices, too! With an intuitive approach to exercise, you’ll find freedom from the rigors and exhaustion of compulsive exercise behaviors, and discover how to have fun with fitness once again. Consider your Intuitive Wisdom like an Inner Personal Trainer, who has your optimal health and wellbeing in mind. Would this trainer yell at you to force you through a workout, even when you’re exhausted? Would he or she set goals about weight loss or body fat reduction, with a grueling workout regimen to follow every day of the week? Or would you be supported to find fitness activities which you truly enjoy, and encouraged to listen to your body, exercising in the amount your body truly needs – including more rest and relaxation?
When you’re in your eating disorder mindset, you’re obsessing about something – what you ate, what you shouldn’t have eaten, what you’ll do to get back on track, and so on. With all of that chatter in your mind, there isn’t much room to think about how you feel – except feeling fat, which isn’t an emotion! As you begin your journey of recovery, you may feel out of touch with your emotions. But as your recovery progresses, you’ll learn how to identify your feelings and needs, with an ability to successfully navigate through the “highs and lows” of life events. You’ll feel sad without the depths of depression, and excited without the tension of anxiety. You’ll be able to truly feel your feelings, rather than numbing them with your eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. You’ll come to rely upon the wisdom of your own Intuitive Therapist to help you enjoy an overall balanced mood.
You may have a sense of what some of your core issues and current triggers are, or you may have no idea why your eating disorder began and what sets it off here and now. Through the third EDIT™ Principle, Express Your Self, you’ll learn healthy coping skills to replace eating disorder behaviors. You’ll also gain insights into your core issues, and discover your unique path of healing. You’ll also discover how to effectively handle your current triggers, so the pain of your past doesn’t continue to be reactivated.
You may have a sense about what you “should do” to take care of yourself, but find that you don’t follow through. Intuitive Self-Care takes you beyond your “shoulds,” to an Inner Knowing about what you truly need – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. To “Feed Your Hungry Body,” you could enroll for a cooking class, or try yoga or tai chi. As “Food For Thought,” you might decide to learn a new language, or take a class to learn a new skill. To “Feed Your Hungry Heart,” you could schedule coffee dates to deepen your individual connections with friends, or you may reach out to former classmates or other friends you’ve lost touch with through Facebook. As “Soul Food,” you might learn how to meditate, or explore mindfulness practices for your everyday life. You’ll discover how easy it is to make your new Intuitive Self-Care practices your priority, because you’ll feel so good – much better than your eating disorder behaviors ever could!
As the author of How Much Does Your Soul Weigh? (HarperCollins, 2003), Dr. Dorie suggests, “You might be worried about how much your body weighs, but in all of your efforts to control your eating and your weight, what burden are you placing on your mind, your heart and your soul?” The EDIT™ method incorporates perspectives from Transpersonal Counseling, also know as Spiritual Psychology, which can help you explore a holistic sense of Self, which includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects.
The EDIT™ philosophy is that complete recovery is possible – that you can be free of your eating disorder behaviors, and in fact live as if you never had an eating disorder! Although complete recovery is possible, relapse is also possible – but it can be prevented. EDIT™ Certified professionals are trained to recognize the warning signs of relapse, and can work with you to plan ahead for prevention. You’ll discover how to trust your own Intuitive Therapist within you as your guide – so you can enjoy the freedom of complete recovery, today and every day!