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FINDINGbalance
March 28, 2011

Constance Rhodes, the founder of Finding balance, has created in my opinion, one of the most impressive resources that exists within the eating disorder community. The depth of information and extensive list of topics found on her website is second to none. What many people may not realize, is that most clients with an eating disorder struggle with EDNOS, not anorexia or bulimia. This diagnosis, Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified, is one that even practitioners find difficult to treat. This is partly due to the lack of resources available for clients with EDNOS, as well as minimal training opportunities which focus exclusively on this topic. This is why Fb is such a crucial resource. It is the only organization that works to not just inform the community about what EDNOS is, but more importantly, it gives a voice to all of those that are truly suffering from the negative effects of having this disorder.

Another unique aspect of Finding balance, is the faith-based component of their work. This allows those seeking support from God, to have some guidance in how their faith can get them through all of the challenges that lie ahead in their recovery. The group curriculum developed by Constance, incorporates this approach, and it has proven effective in encouraging clients to break free from the years of struggle with body image concerns and disordered eating.

However, what I find most impressive is the passion and dedication with which Constance operates. The phenomenal website is only part of the picture. The existence of an annual conference, along with the desire for collaboration with other non-profits, will only strengthen the important work that is currently being done within Fb. I believe the organization they have created, should be a model for all of us in the eating disorder field.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have received positive feedback from clients and professionals alike, who have found tremendous benefit from the resources offered through the Fb website. It has proven an effective tool in aftercare plans, as an additional level of support for clients between therapy sessions.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't recommend any changes to their organization. My only thought is to find a way to inform the entire eating disorder community of this important resource.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I have referred all of my clients to this resource, and will promote the work of Finding balance through our non-profit's netowrking and training events.