Meet Lori Ann
Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, Destin, FL
My name is Lori Ann, but most call me L.A.! I am a Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, Enneagram Coach and author located in Northwest Florida. I work with clients both in-person and all over the United States using tele sessions!
I personally know the feelings that arise along the journey through recovery because I also struggled with an eating disorder for 8 years, but I also know you can overcome these struggles because today, I am recovered!
My passion for helping others is something I discovered through my own recovery. Today, I am here to help support, guide and walk with you along the way! I have been trained by some of the most sought after therapists, Carolyn Costin and Dr. Dorie McCubbrey. Both are experts in the Eating Disorder field!
This means I have the personal experience, education, and training to help you overcome your eating disorder and experience true freedom! Aside from both The Carolyn Costin Institute and being certified in Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy – EDIT™, I am also the author of Finding The Light Within- A Personal Journey Thought Eating Disorder Recovery and Achieving Ultimate Mind, Body and Food Freedom. You deserve to heal, I’m here to help!
What I Do As A Coach
Focuses On The Here-And-Now. Helping You To Work Through Thoughts, Feelings, And Behavior Changes In The Present Moment.
Provides You With Meal Support And Accountability
Supports you in situations and challenges where it is not possible for your treatment
team to be available. e.g. shopping, dining at a restaurant or in-the-moment
Help You To Achieve Your Recovery Goals
Work Alongside Your Treatment Team and Loved Ones To Give You The Best Support Possible.
"You don't have to walk through recovery alone."
Because your eating disorder doesn’t only come around during your session, I won’t either.
Having a Coach means I can offer support outside the office. I am available via text and email in between sessions. One of the unique benefits of having a coach is, I can also go shopping, attend events and support you through challenging situations such as eating at a restaurant or going grocery or clothing shopping.
What makes having a Coach different from having a therapist or dietitian?
I am different from a therapist and dietitian but work together alongside both to offer you the best support system possible.
Your therapist works with the “why”, helping you to work through underlying issues that may have contributed to your eating disorder. Your dietitian is able to set up meal plans, and counsel you on your nutritional needs.
As your Coach, I am the “how”, focusing on the present, identifying specific goals for your recovery and developing strategies to help you reach those goals. I will help you to identify your strengths, understanding and affirming your strengths is one of the healthiest things you can do in your recovery!
One key benefit of having a Coach, is I am available for support outside the office and in between sessions via text, and email, so you are able to access support in-the-moment of a challenging situation or urge.
Having a Coach provides accountability and hands-on support, I can help you set up challenges or supportive outings such as meeting you for lunch, or going shopping for clothing, or groceries. I love providing hands-on support to my clients!
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What Does It Mean To Be Recovered?
I align with Carolyn Costin’s definition of recovery taken from the book, 8 Keys To Recovering From An Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Grabb.
“Being recovered is when a person can accept his or her natural body size and shape and no longer has a self-destructive relationship with food or exercise. When you are recovered, food and weight take a proper perspective in your life, and what you weigh is not more important than who you are; in fact, actual numbers are of little or no importance at all. When recovered, you will not compromise your health or betray your soul to look a certain way, wear a certain size, or reach a certain number on a scale. When you are recovered you do not use eating disorder behaviors to deal with, distract from, or cope with other problems.”
– Carolyn Costin
Finding the Light Within
Take time for Gratitude -Journal
“Lori Ann is a very compassionate, kind heart. She takes her work seriously and develops a rapport with her clients easily! Her energy alone can get you better! -“
Emilia Banse, RN, MSN, EmHSA, PMHNP-BC
I fad dieted (even when I knew it was unsustainable and restrictions never help); I took medicine; I tried starving myself. All of this would lead to binges which would lead to guilt and more binging. It was a nasty cycle that I was doing to myself. It was vicious and it was killing me. I was literally on the edge of committing myself because I couldn’t handle it anymore. But an amazing woman was there for me. She helped guide me and helped me see the light.
I cleaned out my closet and got rid of 90% of it. I don’t restrict myself, I just listen to what my body needs. My hunger levels, my full levels. Plenty of protein and carbs and even fats (I do take fiber because I just don’t adore veggies). I threw out the diet pills and the “food journal” (where I wrote down every item, calorie, and macro- and I was stupid enough to punish and reward my body for being strict) Exercise and staying active is important but you can’t let it consume you. Find something you love and do it because you love it not because you feel you “have to”. I know as I continue to listen to me and take care of me that weight loss will be a natural side effect, so I can focus on just being better and getting better. Having lazy days and junk food days and then days where I’m eating healthier things because my body wants it and going on long bike rides. Feel the breeze and enjoy the sun.
To fix the outside, the inside has to be balanced. -
I’ve found her to be someone that radiates positivity, support and unending encouragement that’s truly infectious.
I’ve truly enjoyed working with her and love how she finds fun, creative ways to help you be accountable and making progress towards your goals. Her “Gratitude Journal” is a great example and I found it to be so extremely helpful in my recovery.
When I think of an eating disorder recovery coach, Lori Ann quickly comes to my mind because she simply “gets it” and she wants to see you get healthier, stronger and better. What more could you ask for?!