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Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Raise awareness of eating disorders through presentations to physician,educator and community groups. Promote recovery by providing resources for education, treatment and monthly support groups. Participate in local,state and national advocacy efforts to support mental health parity, eating disorder legislation, and effective insurance coverage.

Programs: Train physicians and health care professionals on how to recognize eating disorders; promote recovery among individuals who attended our monthly support group meetings; responses to requests for help via email, phone and website.

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The groups that EDRC fosters have been critical to my recovery from a severe anorexic mindset. The environment of compassion and understanding have encouraged me to open up and share, confident that I will be received as a fellow on the recovery road. I have not arrived at the destination, but I have come a long way. Every area of life is better--relationships, body and mental attitudes.

Thank you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The EDRC is a terrific resource for patients, families, and loved ones seeking resources and support. This organization does a fantastic job compiling information, resources, treatment options, and referral sources. Additionally, the EDRC’s focus on community engagement and advocacy is commendable. Janice and her team’s tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed. Thank you EDRC for providing an invaluable resource to our community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an incredibly helpful service that has changed my life for the better. I have previously been through so many treatment options that didn't work for more than a month, but the groups that EDRC provides and the services that they are willing to help with, along with the kindeness of the people there, have truly been life changing for me.

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1 Shelby M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This support system is healing in every sense of the word. It’s a safe place for others to be vulnerable and experience inspiration and change.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

EDRC is a phenomenal organization with amazing, hardworking and passionate team members. I have worked closely with Janice Bremis and the team at EDRC and they are a much needed resource for my hospital case managers and patients, clients and loved ones. I am so grateful to have a resource like them in the area and appreciate all that they do. Thank you EDRC for all that you do, for brining awareness to a much needed area and for understanding the importance of treatment for eating disorders.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have never experienced a more passionate and caring team like the one at EDRC. Janice Bremis and her team at EDRC are extremely knowledgeable and champions in bringing awareness, education on eating disorders to individuals communities and professional. ESRC has a wealth of understanding in providing resources and are true advocates for those who struggle with eating disorders. Thank you EDRC!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EDRC has been a valuable eating disorder training hub and resource for partner agencies. We have benefited by being equipped with clinical tools to better screen and treat clients with eating disorders. EDRC is also a special place for upcoming professionals to grow and be leaders in the community. We were fortunate to have a previous EDRC volunteer use their professional and social work skills when they intern at my agency.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We,Catholic Charities of Santa Clara county, were offered an opportunity to receive training on Eating Disorders 101. We we are able to set this up and we were treated to a fantastic training provided by Brianna. I can recommend strong enough the Eating Disorders Resource center. As providers, parents, spouses, and friends it is imperative that we learn as much about eating disorders as possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The EDRC has been an overwhelming source of support and camaraderie as I've learned to face my eating disorder. The staff is incredibly helpful and welcoming, and they provide a safe environment where I can explore my thoughts and behaviors without fear of judgment. Their support has helped me develop self-compassion and has furthered my recovery journey.

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Stephanie B.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have EDRC in our community. They have always been there to support folx suffering from ED and families as well as training professionals. I have always had positive experiences with EDRC and love how they fight for people to get treatment and support. A big Thank You to Janice Bremis for all of her work, dedication and care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for letting me part of your beautiful and powerful organization. I truly enjoyed what I did every week and this volunteer made me learn a lot of new things. Every week, I couldn't wait for volunteer and being able to be the actual person to organize the writing contest was very exciting and new for me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A huge thank you to ERDC and Janice in particular. She has worked and advocated tirelessly to get much needed help for our daughter. Janice's understanding of the illness along with her awareness of available resources have been invaluable to us. I cannot say enough about this support. Assistance for our daughter has been enlightening, encouraging, and consistent. Thank you for your ongoing resourcefulness!



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Briana C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The EDRC provides many wonderful local support groups in the Bay Area. Not only do they make the groups possible, but they help individuals seek support at all different levels of care. They have stood by my side and supported me as I have tried to get MediCal (California’s Medicaid) to cover higher levels of care. Without their support I would not have gotten this far along in the process of fighting to get the treatment I need.

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1 Debrahope

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EDRC saved my life After my daughter passed away from ED ..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I facilitate. the family support groups for the last 7 years . The EDRC provides resources and support . They have helped so many families in crisis .

It is an amazing organization! Thank you Janice Bremis

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Janice Bremis and Jocelyn Lin for assisting the Stanford - O'Connor Family Medicine Residents Program, noon time Behavioral Science lecture series. Cindy's personal story touch everyone in the audience and Dr. Wong's lecture provided practical information for the residents to implement.

Once again, thank you so much for all you do at EDRC!

Frances Respicio, LCSW
Stanford Healthcare - O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program

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Shanna W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The EDRC is a terrific organization to get the right help for an eating disorder. Also, what I like about the EDRC is they work with or participate in other organization's events such as NAMIWalks. It takes a village to find recovery and the EDRC understands this very well. NAMI SCC loves the EDRC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The EDRC is a pillar in the Los Gatos Community for providing resources and care for those afflicted and struggling with Eating Disorders and Mental Health Issues. Janice Bremis the founder, is a compassionate, dedicated human being who is committed to provide the latest up to date treatment resources for individuals and their families.
I have been honored to be involved with the EDRC!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EDRC goes above and beyond to provide resources to the community about eating disorders. They are a wonderful partner in outreach efforts to build awareness and understanding. We plan to continue working with them as much as possible.
Lynn Slawsky
Executive Director
ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)

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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent leadership and a cause that needs increasing attention. Eating disorders are serious and people experiencing them should receive appropriate treatment. Stigma often keeps people away from receiving care for these disorders. Education and support are effective ways to combat stigma and encourage people to seek the care they need. This organization is small, strong, and makes a valuable contribution to our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In partnership with Janice Bremis and Natalie Rangel from EDRC, 2017's first NAMI Santa Clara County General Meeting featured a presentation that was particularly relevant to the work of the Eating Disorders Resource Center. Dr. Linsey Utzinger, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine spoke to us about her work specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders. Dr. Utzinger's talk covered disorders that commonly co-occur with anxiety disorders, including eating disorders.

Dr. Utzinger, with 10 years experience in her field, led us through such possible variables as genetics, environment, and life experiences, how to determine a diagnosis of anxiety disorder, OCD, eating disorders based on the latest DSM 5, and most importantly, the need for both a psychiatric and a medical assessment in order to get appropriate help for one's self or a family member along with what signs to look for. Dr. Utzinger also listed Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other therapies that are an important part of a treatment plan along with possible medication.

Dr. Utzinger's talk was informative and also straightforward in addressing the close links between anxiety disorders and eating disorders as well as the dangers of untreated eating disorders. As anxiety and eating disorders enter more and more into our conversations about mental illness, I am very glad I had an opportunity to attend this talk. And many thanks to Janice and Natalie at EDRC for partnering with NAMI in this and other activities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've struggled with having an eating disorder for most of my life. It wasn't until recently that I began on the journey of recovery. It was difficult to seek help not being under anyone's health insurance once I was 18. Even when I qualified for state insurance navigating the system was discouraging, like I had to have something really wrong with me in order to justify an ounce of help.

At the EDRC I never had to worry about whether or not this support in my recovery would be available to me or not because it's free! It is truly a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, which allows me to focus on my disorder. I have always felt safe and respected at the EDRC meetings and gain so much validity and connection from sharing my struggles and listening to others. Isolation is the number one contributor to the progression of my disorder, which is why I value this group so greatly.

Attending the meetings frequently gives me a sense of support that I can feel throughout the week in between sessions. And it was so empowering for me to have a few good weeks in a row like I could see and feel my progress more than I ever had trying to heal on my own.

The staff of the program are kind and empathetic, providing a safe place to speak openly about what I deal with. In addition, they shared a variety of resources to support recovery, things like mindfulness exercises, worksheets, and reading materials.

To sum it up I experienced a surge in my recovery because of the EDRC's support services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to EDRC of Los Gatos a few months ago in desperate need of help with my eating disorder. As a 62-year-old woman, I was finding it extremely difficult to find places that would treat women in my age group.

The staff at EDRC found a contact person at the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department who then referred me to Asian American Recovery Services in San Jose.

Two young members of staff there found a way for me to get treatment services at Cielo House in San Jose, which provides treatment for older women and is run by a marvelous treatment team.

After many months of searching, I am now able to get the treatment I need. The people at EDRC of Los Gatos are serious about helping older women to find the exact type of help they need for an eating disorder. I give them my absolutely highest recommendation.

Sonika Ozdoba

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Miranda E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out volunteering for EDRC and spent a lot of time there. It was easy to see how dedicated and passionate the founder, Janice, and all of the other volunteers are. Janice really puts her heart and soul into helping everyone that comes into the EDRC. She is so helpful in giving resources and helping people find what they are looking for. She cares so much about everyone that walks through the door. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Janice and everyone involved with EDRC.

-Miranda

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been collaborating with EDRC in Los Gatos for the past several months as a student who wants to gain insight into mental illnesses such as eating disorders. I cannot thank EDRC enough for providing me with valuable information about and perspectives of eating disorders, such as effects, treatments, and parity. Janice and the staff members were wonderful; their hospitality, their passion for helping others, and their extensive knowledge were some of many qualities that inspired me. It was a privilege becoming acquainted with EDRC, and I hope to continue volunteering here for the months to come.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is the first time I referred a patient to EDRC though I got the flyers few years ago. Though they have limited manpower, they are very responsive. Janice and Sabrina responded very quick and contacted our patient for the services the patient needed. I have talked to my patient and I got the comments from this patient that they are knowledgeable and understood the patient's struggles that the patient said they are very helpful. I have sent the information to my co-workers and hopefully we have more patients who could get help from EDRC. Thanks. FF

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at EDRC for a school project and Janice Bremis is such an amazing consultant; she took the time, as well as the patience, to teach me what she does at the Eating Disorder Resource Center (EDRC), to give me tasks to help me develop a deeper understanding of what eating disorders are, and to share stories from others and their battle with this mental illness. Working with Janice and the EDRC staff members gave me a clearer picture of what eating disorders are. I always looked forward to coming into EDRC and helping out with office work. I am grateful to have such a great consultant who is willing to help answer any of my questions and who is working hard to spread awareness of eating disorders.

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Stephen W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to volunteer at EDRC for a year. Janice and the staff are truly wonderful. Their expertise and passion shines through in everything they do, making them exceptional leaders and mentors in the ED field. I found EDRC during my own struggle with anorexia and bulimia in college, and they provided the guidance and hope I needed to continue my recovery. I'm so thankful for the work they do, and it was a privilege to get to know and work alongside them this past year. Thank you everyone at EDRC!

Stephen Wassather

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BayBabyAk

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have to say, after 23 years of looking for support, Janice was the first of many from EDRC to reach out to
Me. They didn't just give advice and referrals, but they listened, shared, and just had a genuine understanding and love for helping. I have been through many dr' s and health care advocates during the decades of my illness, yet this was the first time I was genuinely heard and helped. My recovery is just starting, but EDRC can take credit as the push off point, they truly are the starting line to the race of my life! Thank you for giving me hope! #BeHereNow

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Janice from the Eating Disorders Resource Center did an amazing job of connecting the agency where I work with a spectacular speaker from Center for Discovery. Janice was very responsive, and Brianna and Deandra from Center for Discovery were incredibly knowledgable, welcoming, and generous. I would definitely recommend these resources for those in our community affected by eating disorders!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the EDRC for a school project, and Janice’s expertise in the field and guidance throughout this project has been a tremendous help; without her, I would not have gotten this far with my research. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time to answer my questions and provide me with wonderful experience and service opportunities that I would not have gotten anywhere else. She always has ideas on how we can all contribute and raise awareness about Eating Disorders. I am very grateful for Janice and all she has done for this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been fortunate to have the EDRC of Silicon Valley providing resources and advocacy for individuals living with eating disorders, and their families and loved ones, to improve their lives and return to their previous level of functioning. EDRCSV has been key in helping develop a training series for Santa Clara County, to improve knowledge of and evaluation for the wide range of eating disorders. This knowledge is crucial for mental health staff to be able to effectively deal with this serious set of conditions, which has the highest lethality rate of all major mental health disorders. We are fortunate to have EDRCSV as a valuable part of our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was 17 ½, she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and admitted to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program in Mountain View ,CA for 10 days. My husband and I had heard of anorexia but we had no idea of the severity of this illness. We were overwhelmed with the challenges and felt so lost. One of my husband’s friends at work recommended that we reach out to the Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC). I called and spoke to Janice Bremis, the founder of EDRC. I cannot express how helpful and supportive Janice was. She suggested we attend EDRC’s parent support group held at the El Camino hospital every other Saturday. Both my husband and I attended these meetings. It was extremely useful to meet other parents going through similar challenges. Janice also helped me find a great therapist and a nutritionist for my daughter. Janice emphasized how vital a treatment team of experts is for a full recovery. My daughter is making progress in her recovery. I cannot thank EDRC and Janice enough for the invaluable support and help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been struggling with Anorexia for several years. I first reached out to EDRC when we lost our therapist and after having spent days going through the Internet looking for providers in my area. Janice and Natalie from EDRC were the only ones who stepped in and followed through to help until we found someone.

They are extremely knowledgeable. Prior to speaking with them, I had never heard or known anything other than Family Based Outpatient Therapy treatment. There was a whole other world out there which I had no exposure to. Folks dealing with this illness well into their adult life -- Partial Hospitalization, Residential programs, programs my daughter would eventually resort to after our FBT young adolescent runway ran out.

Natalie has been very supportive every step of the way. Reaching out, sharing her knowledge and experience and giving me the confidence and encouragement to stay on this path.

Thanks to Nancy, we were able to identify health criteria that helped overturn the insurance company's earlier denial to extend coverage at the Residential Center (this was done through peer reviews between doctors at the provider and insurance). Nancy has also reached out and connected me with resources to help with writing appeals if required.

We're not out of the woods yet but this little extension is making a huge difference in my daughter's recovery. Thank you.


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Board Member

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the EDRC event featuring Dr. Linsey Utzinger from Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry. The presentation was excellent and of value to me in regards to my work in the field of mental health and eating disorders. The EDRC is a valuable resource in the community providing up to date, comprehensive information on a wide variety of subjects pertinent to the treatment of eating disorders and mental health.
I would highly recommend attending future presentations.
Jeannie Anderson, LAADC

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with anorexia in July 2015. After initially trying an out-patient program it became very clear quickly that she needed a residential program to help her get on the right track to recovery. We collaborated with her care team which included medical doctors, psychiatrists and therapists in making this decision. When she went to the residential treatment facility our insurance company, Blue Shield of CA, denied her stay as "not medically necessary" despite all the treating physicians and therapists being on the same page about her need for the treatment she was receiving at the RTC.
I turned to EDRC for help in fighting Blue Shield and not letting them get away with their denials of treatment. Janet Bremis at EDRC provided me with some very good information and support during my time of need. We were new to understanding about eating disorders and did not yet understand the fact that mental health parity is not followed by insurance companies in our state and country (although it's the law). EDRC and Janet gave me some names of people to contact for assistance with our case and also some resources for future treatment centers for my daughter. There are so few resources for families who are dealing with a family member who has an eating disorder...EDRC is the only one of its kind in the entire SF Bay Area that I know of. I am so grateful that EDRC was there to call for assistance!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Eating Disorder Resource Center staff has always been there for me, providing essential information. I am the mother of an adult child diagnosed with an eating disorder and a second mental health concern. Navigating the ups and downs of the various HMOs we have had, as well as the mental health system, proved to be a daunting challenge. EDRC was there with empathy, hope, and suggestions of practical steps I could take to ensure that our health insurance approved and paid for the needed level of treatment. In addition, EDRC has provided suggestions as to how to research therapists, psychiatrists, and residential/partial treatment centers that are a good “fit" for someone with an eating disorder. My inquires are always met with compassion and sound advice. Keep up the great work EDRC !

— a grateful mother

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Jennifer616

Client Served

Rating: 5

I dropped by the EDRC because I have a daughter with anorexia and I was looking for information and support. I met Janice Bremis and Natalie. Even though, it was late afternoon on a Friday, and they were busy working on a news release, they sat down with me for an hour and and heard my story. I needed to know more about treatment options and they were very knowledgeable about facilities in the Bay Area. Also, Janice reached out to the Healthy Teen Project on my behave. Thanks to Janice's assistance, my daughter will be able to attend the Healthy Teen Project (which is a partial hospitalization program and the next logical and appropriate step for my daughters treatment), instead of going to Kiaser's eating disorder outpatient clinic which was the original plan. The EDIOP would not have given all the support my daughter needs at this time. If you have an eating disorder, or know someone who does, I would encourage you to visit the EDRC. Janice and Natalie are very knowledgeable and are wonderful, caring folks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

EDRC has been an absolute God send to our family. While each person I spoke with at the Center was knowledgeable and supportive, my main contact has been with Janice. Janice is knowledgeable, patient, professional yet compassionate. She has been a wealth of knowledge for us and has helped guide us through a very difficult journey for our family. I truly do not have the words to express my gratitude for all the support we have received from EDRC and specifically Janice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a physician specializing in Eating Disorders, EDRC has been an invaluable resource for both my patients and myself. The organization does a phenomenal job of connecting clients/patients to professionals, educating the local community and improving access to care. I am also particularly impressed with their commitment to physician/clinician education.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Janice Bremis has been instrumental in helping me to understand the laws, State Medi-Cal mandates, Counties to cover Higher levels of care for Eating Disorders. She also let me know about a scholarship offered for Adolescent Residential ED Treatment which I applied to & was able to send my granddaughter, listened & offered emotional support to me as a caregiver to my granddaughter suffering from Anorexia. She tirelessly sends me information connecting me with knowledgeable people & other Residential Programs that may help, when my granddaughter was discharged to early due to insurance.
Janis has been my totem pole in this dense forest of eating disorder, without which I would have been lost.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a truly wonderful organization - run by a charismatic team.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came here to observe how their group incorporated with helping new comers and previous guests... I love how open and professional their facilitator(s) are. Not to mention the woman in charge, Janice is helpful beyond words. Their true welcoming and caring nature shined through after just meeting once and when I couldn't come, the fact that their staff would follow up with me via phone and email so quickly gave me a satisfaction on how passionate they are about their guests. They showed lots of compassion as a new comer to me and some of my peers that attended. Very personable and easy going center. Thank you again for all your help!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Attended a very informative training. I came out with a lot more information that I went in with. I hope there is a follow up as I think there is more information that the presenter had, but we didn't have more time. The resources available here are incredible. I was in awe to see how much there was.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a 16 year old niece who has been ill for 3 years in Austraia and is not getting better. I was referred to Janice Bremis, the founder of GuideStar, through a colleague and what a gift this has been. Janice has been just fantastic. She has been super responsive and has a wealth of knowledge as well as an outstanding network of professionals to draw on. Janice has referred me to various professionals in GuideStar's network who have all responsive, caring and knowledgeable. They have provided various helpful suggestions which I have followed through on. Janice has also personally spent time with me on the phone describing her own situation and providing me with invaluable insight. GuideStar is an absolutely first rate non-profit company with international connections, not just US domestic and I would strongly recommend anyone who has an eating disorder themselves, or has a loved one with an eating disorder, utilize the services provided here.

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Ann_107

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a psychotherapist and I called seeking info for a client. EDRC's response to my call was swift and thorough. They handled my clients needs with care and helped us feel more able to navigate the system to get help. It's rare to experience a non-profit with such a quick response time, that feels so compassionate and happy to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved with EDRC to fulfill the service portion of my school project, QUEST. The main coordinator, Janice Bremis, was very keen on responding to all of my emails. She is a hardworking and eager person whom spends a great deal of her energy in this organization. When I had questions she was inquisitive on answering them. EDRC is a great organization which can provide you with an extensive amount of information relating to all kinds of eating disorders. What symptoms to look for as well as where and what treatments are available to you. I highly recommend visiting their website, as well as visiting their office if you are a local.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the third year, the Eating Disorders Resource Center has been a valuable participant in the Strong Girls, Strong Women high school girls leadership conference, sponsored by the American Association of University Women-SJ and the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy. EDRC members participated on our Advisory Council, provided two amazing workshops, and a student EDRC member was one of our luncheon speakers panel. This year nearly 300 girls and women attended the event, focusing on empowerment and equity issues for girls and women. The support of EDRC is a key component in the success of the Strong Girls, Strong Women conference. We, at SGSW, look forward to our continued collaboration with the EDRC for the benefit of girls throughout Santa Clara County.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

By the time I was directed to the EDRC to help resolve a family eating disorder issue, Ms. Bremis' reputation had already preceded her. I'd heard about the strong portfolio of resources that they offered, as well as how positive and effective they were.

When I did go there in person I was offered all sorts of great materials, contacts and advice that proved to be vital in the treatment and recovery process. However, what stood out for me was the very insightful and personal connection EDRC makes with the "client". It made not only a big difference but left a lasting impression that I will continue to share with others in need.

My best wishes, deepest gratitude and desire to continue supporting the center!
Laurence K.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my role as the Mental Health Consultant to the Health Services Director at West Valley College Student Health Services I had the recent opportunity to attend an in-service training conducted by Laura Machado, LMFT of the Eating Disorders Resource Center. As a licensed mental health professional for almost 37 years, who also teaches graduate practice courses at San Jose State University's School of Social Work, I have considerable experience and expertise with high-risk adolescents and their families, and have attended countless trainings on this subject. Although Laura spent only one hour with us, her presentation was unequivocally the best I have ever experienced! She was knowledgeable, personable, and a very good teacher. I could have listened to her for hours! Assuming that Ms. Machado represents the quality found at the Eating Disorders Resource Center I have nothing but praise for your organization.

Barry Goldman-Hall, LCSW

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 3 years I have been a participant and a volunteer at the EDRC support group for parents and friends with loved ones suffering from eating disorders. I am so grateful for this amazing organization which provides a plethora of information and resources on every aspect of this debilitating illness. Being with other parents who are going through the same horrendous experience of learning, helping, managing and fighting for their loved one's survival and recovery is a life line to help combat that overwhelming sense of isolation that is part of this illness. The awesome staff of EDRC work tirelessly and the facilitators of the support groups are dedicated souls who give from the heart. Participants come to these groups in a state of shock, bewilderment and emotional chaos...they walk out with a sense of purpose and hope and armed with a list of resources and lots of support. For many, this is the only source of support. Thank you EDRC for all your dedication and advocacy...you are a true blessing. Elli

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Eating Disorders Resource Center provides us with a speaker each year for our interns at Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC). This year, they sent Laura Griffith Machado, who provided an informative training that our interns really appreciated. She described eating disorders, gave real life examples from her experience, and gave them a lot of ideas about interventions. The EDRC is a valued resouce for ARCC. Thye respond promptly to questions and requests and the staff are friendly, courteous, and professional. If you have questions, need support, or referrals, the EDRC is a great resource!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Laura gave a presentation on eating disorders to the Student Health Services staff at West Valley College, and it was extremely informative and engaging! She tailored the presentation to our interests and needs, and I enjoyed her warmth, humor, and ability to articulate in-depth information with ease. The entire experience far exceeded my expectations. Thank you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The training Kira and Laura from the Eating Disorder Resource Center put on for us was amazing. It greatly exceeded our expectations. They provided us with a lot of very helpful information – both general information as to how we can best serve our clients with eating disorders and many ideas for specific interventions we can use with them. They also provided great written information that we can refer back to. Our presenters were funny, down-to-earth, and extremely knowledgeable. We learned so much and had a great time!

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1 Sascha M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about how much the erdc has helped and enriched my life. As a young woman who has struggled with some form of an eating disorder for more than half my life and have never had the courage to seek professional help, this place/organization opend so many doors to healing for me. I took a chance and went to a group meeting one Wednesday night a handful of months ago and I am happy to report that things are beginning to really change for me! I truly look forward to the meetings each month. I am so appretiative for the welcoming, safe, and supportive environment and staff they have. They even have a library of great self help books to borrow from which is great for those that want to continue therapy at home! They are a wealth of information on all facets of eating disorders. I don't know where I would be right now had this valuable resource not been available to me. I am truly grateful for the erdc!! If you are even considering getting help, take a step towards self love and check them out. You and they are worth it!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

EDRC sent volunteers to help educate out staff about eating disorders. They were extremely kind, equipped & helpful! I plan on having them back some time soon!

-Spencer Kilgore-
-South Bay Teen Challenge - San Jose CA-

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am grateful to the partnership of EDRC, Center For Hope of the Sierras, and SFAPTED for their comprehensive presentation about diabulimia to a wide audience of therapists, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators and physicians. Diabulimia is a dangerous combination of type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder, and EDRC is in the forefront of bringing the hidden population of those struggling with it to light and bringing a much needed awareness of it to the community. I had struggled with this disorder years ago; since few physicians or therapists had heard of it, I received almost no help. It's wonderful that through the efforts of EDRC this is changing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Hidden Complexities of Treating Eating Disorders in Diabetics, organized by EDRC.

Shannon Aldworth, Director of Nursing for the Center for Hope, spoke about identifying and detecting diabulimia and ways that her facility treats this variant of bulimia among people with diabetes. She also spoke about the treatment challenges, such as helping people separate disordered eating behavior from decisions and behaviors related to the diabetes, and of helping clients adopt an intuitive eating philosophy, which is usually the opposite of how people with diabetes have been taught to approach eating. She reviewed results of a pilot research project for this population undertaken at Center for Hope; using their multimodality approach (including having patients receive their insulin via multiple daily injections rather than a pump that can be manipulated to minimize weight gain) the patients with diabulimia had, at the end of treatment, both better blood sugar and significant reductions in scores on the Eating Disorder Inventory-3.

We then heard from Erin Akers, founder and CEO of Diabulimia Helpline. Ms. Akers related her personal struggle with diabulimia, including several serious brushes with death; her struggles led her to want to help other people struggling with diabulimia. She told us about the various ways that people with diabetes can (mis)use their insulin regime to minimize weight gain.

Thanks, Janice, for helping disseminate information about this “hidden” form of bulimia.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with EDRC for 2 years now and each and every experience I have had with them has been organized, professional and timely. Most recently we collaborated on a education session in regards to the Diabulimia. Thanks to their support and community relations we had a record number of attendees. EDRC's commitment to the eating disorder community is palpable, from education on prevention to treatment, and everything in-between this organization standouts in every way possible. The San Jose area, as well as the eating disorder community is very lucky to have such a wealth of knowledge and support. Thank you EDRC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year, much to our horror, my husband and I determined that our 13-year-old daughter had succumbed to an eating disorder prior to the start of 8th grade. She had started to see treatment professionals, but in two months she had gotten worse rather than better. In need of other approaches and providers that would be in-plan for our insurance, I began to research other options. Finding the Website for the Eating Disorders Resource Center made all the difference. I combed through the site, using the directory of treatment professionals. Founder Janis Bremis, program director Kira Olson, and support group facilitator Debra Schlesinger shared their expertise with me on the phone in long consultations. When I attended the Friends and Family support group in Mt. View, Debra provided even more valuable information in the form of an eating disorder treatment handbook. Armed with the knowledge and guidance provided by EDRC, I was able to move forward with confidence and get my daughter into the LPCH Eating Disorders outpatient program. While she remains in treatment as she continues to deal with the psychological aspects of her disorder, she has maintained a stable healthy weight for six months. She is in a much better place than she was a year ago, but knowing that eating disorders can be tenacious foes, we aren't yet completely out of the woods. I am grateful to EDRC for the support they provided to my family at a time of crisis and it gives me solace knowing that they continue to be a resource as my daughter works to overcome this debilitating condition.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 24 year old granddaughter has Anorexia, a severe mental illness. I write this review with much gratitude to Janice and Debra, my mentors in navigating this deadly disease. When I desperately needed help and knowledge about Anorexia, i joined Debra's support group for parents and other concerned people. Listening to each person's experience with Anorexia, i learned how s/he was coping with it within her/his family. In addition, speakers with expertise in the field of eating disorders, including Dr Pamela Carlton, offered "solutions" to manage this disease, a disease that lasts for a lifetime.

After 3 hospitalizations, my granddaughter finally consented to go into residential care. Now finishing her third month, she, seemingly, is handling the stresses that are the catalyst for her eating disorder.

Whenever I need an emotional boost, more knowledge or hope, I return to my place in Debra's circle to be re-charged. I love Debra's hug too!

Barbara Neilson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization that is dedicated to helping individuals both struggling with an eating disorder, as well as their family and friends. EDRC is committed to spreading awareness about eating disorders and does an amazing job coordinating events and talks to help educate the community. The staff and volunteers are wonderful. I have loved being a part of this organization in a volunteer capacity. They are always going above and beyond to help those in need!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a clinical supervisor at a non-profit in the community and approached EDRC to present a training to our clinical staff earlier this year. I was glad I did, as I found EDRC and Dr. Sarah Forsberg to have a very thorough, informative and engaging presentation for my staff. I was particularly thankful as the area of eating disorders can be underrepresented in typical educational systems, which can often result in a lack of confidence among clinicians in even approaching the topic with clients. My staff gave feedback that they are now much more confident in their ability to address the area of eating disorders in their treatment. Thank you EDRC!

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Tushita G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You have no idea how grateful I am to be volunteering at EDRC. Ever since I recovered from anorexia, I knew I wanted to help others with similar difficulties and to spread awareness about this scary illness. EDRC has given me the opportunity to use my struggles as a virtue in helping others and has helped me develop better confidence in myself. It is an honor to work with such inspiring and dedicated people.

I've participated in events like the Strong Women Conference, where young girls got to go to free workshops that taught them how to accept themselves, become more confident, and get some support. I also helped grade essays for the Everybody's Beautiful Essay Contest, which asked teens to reflect on their perception of beauty and opened their eyes and mine to the influence of the media. Currently, I'm helping make a PSA that will promote the organization on T.V. Whether one wants to become a volunteer, or just needs some help, EDRC provides numerous resources that I could go on and on about.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Eating Disorder Resource Center is a small organization with gigantic heart and passion. I have had lots of volunteer experiences but have not met a more passionate, driven, and tireless group. The EDRC is successful in their mission of Awareness, Recovery, and Advocacy for eating disorder issues.

If you have ANY questions about eating issues the EDRC should be at the top of your list for answers, resources, or a warm caring ear. They are an invaluable organization and a wonderful resource for the Silicon Valley community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unfortunately, Medi-Cal's coverage for treating those suffering from an eating disorder is essentially non existent. I was desperate to find the proper treatment for my client, who was struggling with her anorexia. My client's mother was unable to afford the costly fees of outpatient/in patient treatment programs and my client's weight was getting dangerously low. Thankfully, I found the Eating Disorder Resource Center and was put in contact with Janice Bremis. The EDRC worked tirelessly to provide me with resources and contacts that would provide my client with the care that she needs. Thanks to the EDRC my client is in the process of entering a treatment program at Stanford that is specifically designed to treat eating disorders in adolescents. Thank you for providing a resource that serves all clients struggling with eating disorders regardless of their level of income.

Sincerely,

Diana Lohr
LCSW

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