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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

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Previous Stories

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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