Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™

A Comprehensive Approach for Lasting Recovery from Eating Disorders
Developed by “Dr. Dorie” McCubbrey, PhD, MSEd, LPC, LAC, CEDS
There Are Hundreds of EDIT™ Certified Professionals Worldwide

EDIT™ has been used for more than 25 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 2003, Dr. Dorie was approached by other therapists who requested training to use her EDIT™ method. In 2013, the EDIT™ Certified Training Program was launched.

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Dorie has trained, supervised, and provided EDIT™ Certification for hundreds of professionals, internationally. The EDIT™ method has been used by Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Dietitians, Health & Life Coaches, and other Wellness Professionals. The EDIT™ approach has also been utilized by Eating Disorder Treatment Centers and College Campus Counseling Centers.

There are several EDIT™ Curricula, which can be used for support groups, therapy groups, and can be integrated into existing programming of treatment centers.

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, plus DBT, ACT, and others
  • 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

EDIT™ involves holistic healing from the inside-out

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.

The EDIT™ method guides clients to decipher the “messages” of their eating disorders by becoming curious about their underlying cause. EDIT™ techniques offer strategies 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™ protocols continue, holistic healing occurs at all levels of the True Self — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. EDIT™ involves the practice of these principles:

  • Love Your Self — improve body image and enhance self-esteem
  • Be True To Your Self — enjoy intuitive eating instead of dieting
  • Express Your Self — safely explore and resolve your core issues
  • Give To Your Self — replace addictive behaviors with self-care
  • Believe In Your Self — prevent relapse and enjoy lasting freedom

Would you like your clients to experience these EDIT™ outcomes?

EDIT™ Certified Eating Disorder Treatment Clinicians and Eating Disorder Recovery Coaches have specialized training to address Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, and other issues with food, exercise and weight. EDIT™ Certified Professionals are trained to customize recovery plans to meet their clients’ specific needs. Clients report achieving goals including (CLICK ON A SECTION BELOW TO LEARN MORE):

IMPROVED BODY IMAGE: 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.

RENEWED SENSE OF SELF: 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?”

ENHANCED INTUITIVE EATING ABILITIES: 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.

HEALTHY INTUITIVE EXERCISE HABITS: 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?

BALANCED MOOD: 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.

RESOLUTION OF CORE ISSUES: 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.

INTUITIVE SELF-CARE PRACTICES: 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!

SPIRITUALITY IN RECOVERY: 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.

STRATEGIES FOR ONGOING SUCCESS: 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!


Who Can Be EDIT™ Certified?

Anyone who wants to make a unique difference for others in recovery from eating disorders can become EDIT™ Certified!

  • Track 1: EDIT™ Certified – Eating Disorder Peer Support is designed for those with their own eating disorder recovery experience, but no other education or training related to eating disorders. You’ll get basic foundations in the EDIT™ approach, so you can offer support and inspire others in recovery!
  • Track 2: EDIT™ Certified – Eating Disorder Recovery Coach is ideal for those with some education/training as a coach or fitness instructor. You’ll get essential EDIT™ tools and techniques to use with individual clients, or in groups (workshops, or group coaching). Recovery coaching has many opportunities!
  • Track 3: EDIT™ Certified – Eating Disorder Treatment Clinician is optimal for those who are licensed professionals (or under supervision). You’ll get advanced level EDIT™ skills for the diagnosis and treatment of all types of eating disorders, featuring evidence-based practices. Gain clinical confidence!

How Do I Become EDIT™ Certified?

Once you’ve selected your TRACK, then choose your LEVEL:

  • Level I: Independent Study is an online training at your learning pace. Watch the six 1-hour EDIT™ Training Videos, which guide you through the EDIT™ Training Manual and Worksheets. You decide when class is in session!
  • Level II: Interactive Training includes everything from Level I, PLUS a LIVE Webinar Workshop hosted by Dr. Dorie. These 3-hour online events are offered throughout the year – practice EDIT™ skills at an event that fits your schedule! You’ll also receive two bonus 1-on-1 Mentoring Calls with Dr. Dorie.
  • Level III: Experiential Training includes everything from Level II, PLUS a Women’s Retreat or 1-on-1 Mentoring with Dr. Dorie. Come to Colorado for a special retreat weekend, or receive 10 customized mentoring calls. Gain advanced skills and address your specific needs!

Become EDIT™ Certified from home, office – or your favorite coffee shop!

What's Included in the EDIT™ Certified Curriculum?

Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ is a comprehensive approach for recovery from all types of eating disorders, featuring evidence-based practices, which originated with five principles that Dr. Dorie learned on her own journey of recovery from eating disorders. In 1995, Dr. Dorie introduced the first version of clinical tools now known as the EDIT™ Worksheets (Version 3.0 released in 2013). She began training clinicians in 2005, which led to the development of the EDIT™ Certified Training Manual (Version 3.0 released in 2013). In 2015, the EDIT™ Certified Training Videos were released, online courses were launched, and the first EDIT™ Certified Women’s Retreat was conducted. This curriculum expansion resulted in the creation of certification “Levels” to differentiate type/length of training. In 2018, certification “Tracks” were introduced, with advanced applications for licensed professionals and treatment centers, essential skills for the newly emerging field of recovery coaching, as well as basic techniques those who want to help others through peer support. Millions are struggling, and together we can make a unique difference!

Each EDIT™ Certified Track includes its own set of guidelines: EDIT™ Certified – Eating Disorder Peer Support (Track 1), EDIT™ Certified – Eating Disorder Recovery Coach (Track 2), EDIT™ Certified – Eating Disorder Treatment Clinician (Track 3). These guidelines clearly indicate the scope of practice of these credentials, liability waivers, and copyright requirements. Receive your EDIT™ Guidelines as a pdf download immediately after registration for your specific Track/Level.

This 105-page full-color document provides: a history of the EDIT™ approach which has been used in clinical settings for more than 20 years, an overview of the diagnostic criteria for the different types of eating disorders; tools and techniques based on the five EDIT™ principles; examples of how to use the EDIT™ Worksheets with clients. Receive your EDIT™ Training Manual as a pdf download immediately after registration for your specific Track/Level.

This set of 64 EDIT™ Worksheets address all of the essential areas of eating disorder recovery: Improving Body Image, Values Clarification, Holistic Sense of Self, Accessing Intuition, Intuitive and Mindful Meal Skills, Intuitive and Mindful Movement Skills, Emotional Awareness and Regulation, Healthy Coping Skills, Addressing Core Issues, Self-Care Practices, Relapse Prevention, Ongoing Success. These worksheets may be printed and reproduced for use with your clients. Receive your EDIT™ Worksheets as a pdf download immediately after registration for your specific Track/Level.

These six 1-hour training videos guide you through the entire EDIT™ Training Manual, and show you step-by-step how to use each of the EDIT™ Worksheets. Watch at your own learning pace, starting and stopping as often as you wish.

This 1-page test features basic questions about the EDIT™ approach, principles and techniques. Although this test will not be “graded,” you must demonstrate sufficient comprehension of the training program to become EDIT™ Certified.

Upon completion of the requirements for your Track/Level, you will receive the appropriate certificate with your title, as a pdf file which you may print and frame. For example, your title may be, “EDIT™ Certified III – Eating Disorder Recovery Coach.” In addition, you will receive a certificate which documents continuing education hours (6, 10, or 20 hours, depending on the level you choose).

Upon completion of the requirements for your Track/Level, you will receive two image files which you may use on your website and marketing materials: the EDIT™ Certified Badge, and EDIT™ Logo, both as jpg files (other formats available upon request).

Upon completion of the requirements for your Track/Level, you may add your profile to the EDIT™ Certified Directory. When people are seeking help from a coach or clinician, they can find YOU!

Upon completion of the requirements for your Track/Level, you will be invited to join the closed group for EDIT™ Certified Practitioners. Here, connect with each other and share resources to make more of a difference for the clients we serve!

If you have enrolled in Level II, then you will participate in a 3-hour LIVE Webinar Workshop, hosted by Dr. Dorie. During this interactive online training, you’ll watch “ED-IT Dialogue” role play videos, participate in group discussions with other EDIT™ Certified Trainees, have the opportunity to Role-Play with Dr. Dorie (your “oral exam”), and have YOUR questions answered! These live events are offered every 4-6 weeks on MONDAYS from 7-10p (Eastern). NEXT EVENTS: March 9, April 20, June 8. In addition, at Level II, you’ll receive two 1-on-1 Mentoring Calls with Dr. Dorie, to address your specific needs.

As a part of the Webinar Workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to role play with Dr. Dorie, where she’ll play the client and you get to play the coach or clinician. During this short 10-15 minute role play, you’ll get to try your EDIT™ skills and then receive feedback from Dr. Dorie. Don’t worry, you’ll “pass,” as long as you let your Intuitive Therapist guide the way!

If you enroll in the Level III Women’s Retreat, then you’ll participate in a Webinar Workshop, AND join a small group of 12 women in Winter Park, Colorado for this once-a-year special event! Here, we’ll practice advanced EDIT™ Skills amidst the “magic” of the Colorado wilderness. In addition, you’ll receive two 1-on-1 Mentoring Calls with Dr. Dorie (one before and one after the retreat). See the Women’s Retreat page, or ask Dr. Dorie for more details.

If you enroll in the Level III 1-on-1 Mentoring, then you’ll participate in a Webinar Workshop, AND receive a series of 10 customized calls with Dr. Dorie, designed to meet your specific needs (via phone, Skype, etc.). Practice advanced skills, have case consultations, learn how to grow your business, and much more. Ask Dr. Dorie for details.

If you enroll in either Level III option (Women’s Retreat or 1-on-1 Mentoring), then at the conclusion of your training you’ll be asked to write a case study. Here, you’ll describe how you are using the EDIT™ approach with an actual client, as a coach or clinician. If you’re just starting your work with clients, you may need to wait a little while to complete this final step. That’s OK, it’s important that you have the experience with clients so that you can increase your confidence as you “graduate.” Don’t worry, you’ll “pass,” as long as you let your Intuitive Therapist guide the way!