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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

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Debrahope

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Previous Stories

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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