The Five Principles of Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™
Love Your Self • Be True To Your Self • Express Your Self • Give To Your Self • Believe In Your Self
Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ was developed by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC as a result of her own recovery from eating disorders. Diets can lead to eating disorders, and EDIT™ can lead to eating disorder recovery! EDIT™ is an exploration of five principles, often as a dialogue between the voice of the Eating Disorder (ED) and the healing wisdom of the Intuitive Therapist (IT) within us all. Initially, you may only hear the voice of ED. Your EDIT™ Certified Counselor models the voice of the IT until you can hear IT within yourself. EDIT™ treatment involves making “thought edits” to replace ED with IT:
The blue text bubbles show what the voice of ED might sound like. What does your voice of ED say? The purple text bubbles give examples of the voice of IT. Notice the specific examples for each of the five principles of EDIT. What is your voice of IT saying? Is your voice of ED “talking back” to IT? What does the dialogue sound like? ED-IT your way to complete recovery!
I know what it’s like to struggle with Eating Disorders (ED). I also know what it’s like to be free – by following the guidance of my own Intuitive Therapist (IT). I developed EDIT™ to share my experience of complete recovery with you!
– Dr. Dorie
EDIT™ has been used for the Outpatient Treatment of Eating Disorders for nearly 20 years
In 1995, Dr. Dorie McCubbrey founded Positive Pathways — and she began teaching her clients the Five Principles of EDIT™, which had guided her own recovery from eating disorders. Over the years, Dr. Dorie has witnessed the transformation of thousands of clients, and she continues to bring the hope of complete recovery to her current clients. EDIT™ has been used to guide successful recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Food Addiction, Exercise Addiction, Obesity and other issues with food and weight. Here are some overall perspectives about EDIT™:
- EDIT™ treatment approach is Solution-Focused — with an overall treatment goal of complete recovery from eating disorders, and an inherent freedom from eating disorder behaviors.
- EDIT™ treatment process is Client-Centered — where the client learns to access the voice of their own “Intuitive Therapist” to guide their recovery based on authentic needs.
- EDIT™ treatment strategies are Cognitive-Behavioral — through “thought edits,” the eating disorder mindset and behaviors can be replaced with the intuitive wisdom and actions of recovery.
- EDIT™ treatment philosophy is Transpersonal — going beyond the perspective of the separate self as a dis-eased body, to knowing the whole Self as a Soul-Heart-Mind-Body, connected with all that is.
EDIT™ is a Holistic Healing Method, not a Medical Intervention
In the EDIT™ treatment philosophy, eating disorders are viewed as coping mechanisms, rather than “illnesses” or “diseases.” Although eating disorders can go to an extreme and require medical intervention, EDIT™ is designed for individuals who are experiencing mild-to-moderate eating disorder symptoms, which present no immediate medical risks. Therefore, EDIT™ treatment is not focused on medical stabilization — the EDIT™ method guides clients to experience Holistic Healing of their eating disorders. Holistic Healing involves addressing the cause of eating disorders, not just the symptom. EDIT™ strategies are provided to allow symptom reduction, but true symptom resolution is a natural outcome when clients address the root cause of their eating disorders. As EDIT™ treatment progresses, Holistic Healing occurs at all levels of the Self — Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.
EDIT™ involves the Practice of Five Principles — the first of which is Self-Love
The voice of of the Eating Disorder (ED) chatters on seemingly endlessly in the mind of the Anorexic, Bulimic or Binge Eater, making judgments and demands such as: “I’m so fat! How many calories in that? I should go workout! I shouldn’t eat sugar! I’ve got to lose weight!” But deeper within the individual is their “Healing Voice” — their Intuitive Therapist (IT) — gently whispering, “Love Your Self!” However, amidst the chatter of ED, IT can be hard to hear. EDIT™ treatment involves making “thought edits” (ED-IT)s, to gently and effectively replace ED with IT. The EDIT™ Certified Counselor models the Voice of Intuition until the client can begin to hear it within themselves. The Intuitive Therapist (IT) might say:
- Love Your Self — embrace your True Self, soul-heart-mind-body
- Be True To Your Self — trust your Intuition for balanced eating
- Express Your Self — safely explore and resolve your core issues
- Give To Your Self — feed your True Hunger with Intuitive Self-Care
- Believe In Your Self — enjoy your journey of recovery and be free!
EDIT™ Guides the Transformation from “false self” to “True Self”
Sometimes if can feel like the Eating Disorder (ED) is one’s identity — but the predominant thoughts and behaviors which are dictated by ED are actually a projection of a “false self,” as is the resulting physical image reflected by the body in the world. This “false self” is typically “born” at a critical stage in development — generally between the ages of 7-10 years — when the individual begins to perceive they are separate from others, and seeks acceptance from others as a means of feeling connected. The individual might wonder, “Who should I be in order to fit in, be accepted, feel loved?” At this point, the false self identity emerges, in efforts to be “good enough.” ED shows up, as the false self strives to achieve body perfection based on society’s ideals. ED can also be a means of coping with the overall incongruence of being a false self. Deep inside, the “True Self” hungers to be expressed — and ED is an attempt to “feed” this hunger with excess food, or “ignore” it through starvation. Recovery is about remembering and reclaiming one’s True Self, and feeding one’s True Hunger, by reconnecting with one’s Intuitive Therapist (IT). EDIT™ facilitates this transformation from ED to IT — false self to True Self — by intuitively and authentically knowing, “I’ve been ‘good enough’ all along.”
EDIT™ involves using Intuition to guide Eating, Exercise and Living
A key component of EDIT™ is the concept of INTUITION — which many people can relate to as a guiding force in their lives. Intuition can be defined as:
WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY – “direct perception of, or the power of understanding, a fact, the truth, a conclusion, etc., without any reasoning process or analysis”
DR. DORIE’S DEFINITION – “Intuition is… our inner wisdom, sixth sense, a hunch or gut feeling… Our intuition is the voice of our soul.” (from p.49 of Dr. Dorie’s book, “How Much Does Your Soul Weigh?”)
If intuition can be trusted for making relationship decisions, or career choices, why not trust intuition to guide eating, exercise and weight regulation, too? We’re all born with intuition, but dieting and other weight loss messages can interfere with our ability to hear our intuition. Recovery is about reconnection with and reinforcement of the inner wisdom of our Intuitive Therapist (IT).
EDIT™ is a Process of Complete Recovery from Eating Disorders
Complete recovery involves living as if you’ve never had an eating disorder! Imagine what this is like. Your Mind is free of the obsessive chatter of the Eating Disorder (ED), and you are guided on an ongoing basis by your inner Intuitive Therapist (IT). Occasionally, you might notice an ED thought creeping into your mind, but your ongoing recovery practice is to quickly catch-and-release these thoughts, while gently turning up the volume of the compassionate wisdom of IT. Your Body has experienced compassionate Self-Love and has responded by healing of many of the consequences of Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating. Your Heart has freedom to fully feel and express in healthy ways, and you can experience deeper connections with others. Your Soul is your core essence, and you feel centered in Who You Really Are. Living as your True Self — Soul-Heart-Mind-Body — finally, you are free!
It’s been about a year since my closure session at Positive Pathways, and I wanted to give you an update! My husband says that in respect to my relationship with food, I’m like a different person.
I agree with him, and it feels GREAT. It feels so good to not be a slave to cravings and self-loathing anymore. Thank you for what you do to bless the lives of women like me.
I will be forever grateful to you all!
– Rachel Nielson,
a former client at
EDIT™ Outcome Studies include Qualitative Assessments and Testimonials
- at the intake session, clients complete a short EDIT™ Questionnaire about their eating disorder behaviors, which provides a baseline measurement at the commencement of treatment
- when EDIT™ treatment goals are established, the client also completes a brief EDIT™ Self-Assessment of their current status in each of the treatment areas
- as treatment progresses, these self-ratings are repeated, as an assessment of progress and to allow establishment of new treatment goals
- at the final therapy session, the client is given an option to complete the EDIT™ Questionnaire and EDIT™ Self-Assessment, and comparisons can then be made to data from their intake session
- qualitative analysis reveals that the vast majority of clients report a significant reduction in their eating disorder behaviors as reflected by their responses on the EDIT™ Questionnaire, while showing significant improvement in measures from the EDIT™ Self-Assessment
- many of our clients continue treatment to the point of complete recovery — where they report a freedom from eating disorder behaviors for 6 months or more
- at the conclusion of treatment, clients often share testimonials about their treatment experiences — these testimonials are available to the general public, while retaining confidential client information
- although complete recovery from eating disorders is possible, relapse is also possible — and former clients sometimes return for “tune up” sessions, to learn from a relapse experience and to reinforce recovery
- we occasionally receive testimonials from clients several months or years after the conclusion of treatment, sharing their long-term success on their journey of recovery from eating disorders!
EDIT™ Certified Counselors and EDIT™ Counselor Interns are trained directly by Dr. Dorie McCubbrey
The effective treatment of eating disorders requires specialized training — at Positive Pathways, our EDIT™ Certified Counselors and EDIT™ Counselor Interns have received thorough education in the key aspects of complete recovery from eating disorders, including: Body Image Therapy, Holistic Self-Exploration, Intuitive Eating, Intuitive Exercise, Healthy Coping Skills, Core Issue Resolution, Intuitive Self-Care and Relapse Prevention. EDIT™ Certified Counselors have Masters Degrees in Counseling or related fields, and have completed a minimum of 8 months of supervision from Dr. Dorie McCubbrey. EDIT™ Counselor Interns are currently completing their Masters Degrees, while under supervision from Dr. Dorie.