I have been in private coaching practice since 1993, right out of college, when I was hired to provide career coaching/job coaching services to individuals in vocational rehabilitation programs as they transitioned out of illness, job loss, and disability into new jobs and careers. My background education and professional training are from highly accredited graduate coach training programs (ACTP) and schools with undergraduate degrees in Health Science Education and Health Information Management (Medical RecordsTechnology). I graduated from the first classes of formally trained professional Life Coaches, ultimately achieving board certification in 2012, one of the first group of professional Coaches to become board-certified. This set the board standards/regulations across the field of Professional Coaches. As a credentialed Coach, I abide by both the Board Certified Coach (CCE) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Code of Ethics.

I volunteered in the field of eating disorders in the mid-1980's during my own recovery from anorexia and bulimia. From that early beginning, I saw the limited recovery support for adults with eating disorders once they left formally structured clinical treatment settings and returned back into community and their lives. [This is a critical transitional stage when the focus becomes less on acute clinical treament and more on determining "what do I want now?" The risk of relapse is high if appropriate supports are not in place that are available, affordable, and accessible.]  

I began seeing a parellel between my vocational rehab caseload (individuals with traumatic brain injuries, cognitive and mental health disorders) and in my volunter work with adults recovering from eating disorders.  Both were in transitions, both were stuck in figuring out what they wanted. And neither knew how to get started or move forward in respective life areas. When I saw how coaching helped my vocational rehab clients identify what they wanted in a job, determine a direction, set goals and move into action, I had my "aha" moment, perhaps even my epiphany:  

If coaching could help my career clients with their vocational transitions and goals, could this also be a way to help adults with eating disorders through their recovery transitions and life (after treatment) goals? 

From that point onward, I changed direction and focused on training and honing my coaching in order to equip myself with the knowledge and the skills I needed to effectively coach adults with eating disorders. I added to it what I had wished for, yearned for and learned from my own successful recovery process.

"Coaching   is driven by my heart-felt passion and personal experience that the
ability to have a purposeful, meaningful and authentic  life after an eating disorder
  is more then a possibility, it's a reality."                    

  • Board Certified Coach, Center for Credentialing and Education, 2012
  • Certified Life Coach,  Graduate Life Coach, Institute of Life Coach Training, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science,  Health Education, State University of New York, Brockport, 1992
  • Associate of Applied Science, Health Info. Mgmt. Monroe Community College, 1989
  • 24 years Professional Life Coach, private practice  
  • 30 years  Motivational Speaker, Eating Disorder Recovery 
  • 27 years Workshop Trainer, Group Facilitator
  • 15 years Career Coach/Job Developer, New York State Depart. of Education,Vocational Rehab.

Background:

I developed my coaching approach and practice by combining evidence-based coach training methodologies with my background training and work experience in life coaching, person-centered planning, positive behavioral support, cognitive-behavioral coaching, transition coaching, beyond recovery coaching, group facilitation, motivational interviewing, eating disorders pathology, stages of change, relational-cultural theory and more.

Soon afterwards and today, I am known for my coaching skill and success in working with individuals with eating disorders in all stages of recovery through my coaching guidance, compassionate support and understanding of their recovery challenges. 

                                                                                                             As an early pioneer in eating disorder recovery life coaching, there were no rule books, no teaching manuals.

There were no programs, no training, no precedents, no approaches.

There was nothing  on how to coach eating disorder recovering individuals after treatment.

Coaching, specifically life coaching for eating disorders, simply did not exist. I had to create it.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Cindy J. Bitter