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WHAT'S ON THIS PAGE

First on this page is RECOVERY MATTERS: a 12 Episode Video Series that Dr. Allen Berger and I made, beginning in Spring 2020 when COVID-19 first surrounded us all. It was Allen's idea to offer some additional support for recovering people (aka: anyone made more vulnerable by the unprecedented circumstances) while we were all essentially learning how to isolate as a community. As I write this, the COVIDays continue so hopefully these conversations will continue to provide some validation, comfort and direction for living through this crisis. Also, as we made these videos, I learned a lot about Dr. Berger's work with Emotional Sobriety and I really do believe that there will be plenty to learn in these episodes well beyond the COVID crisis.

As you scroll down, you will find podcast interviews other podcasters have done with me. I thoroughly enjoy doing these interviews and hope that you will enjoy and benefit from some of them. Scroll to the bottom of this page for my most recent interviews.

WHAT'S NOT ON THIS PAGE: As a result of our doing the video series, Allen Berger and I decided to keep the conversation going in the form of our new weekly podcast called Start HERE: Conversations about What Matters Most. I never take your interest and support of my work for granted and hope that you will want to subscribe to our podcast.

BIG THANKS. TR

THE INSTITUTE OF OPTIMAL RECOVERY PRESENTS

A WEEKLY CONVERSATION WITH ALLEN BERGER, PH.D. & THOM RUTLEDGE, LCSW

Learn more about Allen Berger, PhD HERE.

12  EPISODES

Fear & Anxiety IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES

Since we are internationally surrounded by COV-19, let's make the most out of it. As recovering people, isolation is the one necessary ingredient to our demise. And community is the one truth that can save our misguided asses. Right?

In the spirit of positive opportunism, taking full advantage of the horrific circumstances we now find ourselves in, let's pull a fast one on our addictions, eating disorders, self-hatred and other dangerous inner-saboteurs. YEP! WE WILL ISOLATE AS A COMMUNITY.

To keep up with the latest podcasts and videos with Optimal Recovery, be sure to also register for Allen Berger's email list at www.abphd.com.

 

Fear & Anxiety FROM COPING TO GROWING IN THESE CHANGING TIMES        VIDEOS

1.) Session One

2.) Session Two

3.) Session Three

4.) Session Four

 
TELECONFERENCE PODCASTS FOR MENTOR CONNECT
Practical Guidance for Anyone with an Interest in Eating Disorder Recovery

ABOUT MENTOR CONNECT

In February 2009, I was invited by Shannon Cutts to serve on the advisory board for what was about to become a much bigger project than any of its founders could have foreseen: the creation of the very first global online eating disorders nonprofit mentoring community. Shannon and her team had built an online-based community offering multiple services, including support groups for specific topics, chat-based support group meetings facilitated by recovered persons, and, at the very center of it all, the opportunity for recovering people (mentees) to match one-to-one with recovered persons (mentors) for additional, ongoing, peer-based, non-medical recovery support.

I approached Shannon with the idea of offering monthly free live teleconferences as a chance for community members and the greater recovery community to hear encouragement from eating disorder experts and recovered persons on a regular basis. She loved the idea (whew!) and we got to work lining up our first season of speakers.  We also chose to record each live presentation so members and others who could not attend the live events would have another way to listen in. What we quickly discovered was that people would download and listen to the recorded podcasts many, many times for ongoing support. In time, the teleconference series took on a life of its own - a life that continues to this day.

​After 8 years, Mentor Connect has at last closed its doors. Yet they have done so with the knowledge that today, there are other nonprofit organizations continuing the work of providing peer-based mentoring in all its many forms for the benefit of recovering people, recovered people, parents, loved ones and treatment professionals.

When we first came up with the idea to do monthly teleconferences for Mentor Connect, Shannon Cutts had the wisdom to record and edit each program and make them available to anyone who had not been able to participate on the date of the teleconference. I have never stopped hearing from people who have benefited from these podcasts -- people struggling with eating disorders, families, friends and health professionals. Now that Mentor Connect has closed up shop I want to be sure that these podcasts remain available for others who have yet to discovered the need for this kind of help. Recovery does not happen in isolation. We need each other. Please help spread the word about these podcasts to anyone you know who might benefit. Thank you for your interest in this work and for your support. Thom 

There were many more Mentor Connect Teleconferences with well-known experts in eating disorders and eating disorders recovery.

You may be able to find some with online search. 

This podcast may no longer be accessible.

Not defEATed… with Hadley & Helen

Raising awareness of mental illness

Breaking stigma & fighting for better care

 

   Not DefEATed Website   

A new podcast series called Mind Matters in which Hadley or Helen interview a different guest each episode to discuss a variety of different topics, experiences and views around various different matters of the mind.

Hadley Ordway interviews Thom Rutledge

EATING DISORDER RECOVERY FOR ADULTS WITH TABITHA FARRAR

AND help for parents, spouses, friends of sufferers 

A Message from Tabitha Farrar        WWW.TABITHAFARRAR.COM
Having made a full recovery from Anorexia as an adult, I can tell you recovery is not only achievable for any person who does the work required to get there, but that it is worth everything you put into it. Nobody chooses to have an eating disorder, but we do get to choose the path out. While it it a tough road (if it were easy, you would have done it already, right?) it is not a road that you have to walk alone. There is support, and it is closer than you think. Sometimes the biggest step is reaching out and allowing others to help you up. 

I like to talk about food, and eating, a lot in reference to Anorexia recovery. While this may seem revolutionary to some, to me it is fundamental. To recover from a restrictive eating disorder one has to eat a lot of food. A lot of food. To stay recovered one has to keep eating food for the rest of one's life. With that in mind, let's talk about overcoming the fear and helping people eat!
                                                                                       -Tabitha Farrar

Tabitha Farrar interviews Thom Rutledge

LEARNING TO TALK BACK TO THE EATING DISORDER VOICE

 
 

A Message from Meret Boxler                WWW.LIFEUNRESTRICTED.ORG

For much too long, I was waiting to fully engage in life. Waiting for the green light to come on. Once I was skinny. Once I had figured out a way of keeping my weight in check, once I was better at ALL of what I did… Hoping that—once I had all my ducks in a row—I could eliminate failure and rejection. And then, THEN, I would finally, finally allow myself to enjoy, to love, to be loved, to be seen, to laugh or—for that matter—to blog. 

 

Yeah, riiiiight. It just doesn’t work that way. My life started resembling a prison cell that was slowly getting smaller while I WAS THE ONE that held myself prisoner. My food-rules were getting out of hand, my exercise habits did too, and my life looked nothing like I had imagined. No love, no desire, no passion, no purpose, no real joy. Just rules. 
 

So I figured… What the heck! If I wait until it’s all sunshine and rainbows, no blog or podcast of mine will ever see daylight! I started to give my inner perfectionistic demon Gremlin the finger and started talking about my issues, my struggles and my shame. 
 

I’ll tell you what: It’s wildly encouraging. For others, AND for myself. 

Take this lesson for today: Own your story. Start living now. The world is waiting for you. 

Love,

Meret

MERET'S INTERVIEW W/ THOM

 

THE ANXIETY COACHES PODCAST: RELIEF FROM ANXIETY, PANIC, PTSD WITH GINA RYAN           WWW.THEANXIETYCOACHESPODCAST.COM

The Anxiety Coaches Podcast (ACP) is a twice weekly show with your coach and host Gina Ryan. Along with our team of coaches, we bring you a new discussion of some aspect of anxiety every Sunday and Wednesday. And for those of you who want a little one-on-one help we offer coaching services!

Don't forget to head over to our Facebook group as well for more support from the whole tribe!

Gina Ryan interviews with Thom Rutledge

 

LISTEN TO WHAT THE ANXIETY IS SAYING

EMBRACING FEAR & ANXIETY

 

ANXIETY, LOVE & RESPONSIBILITY

PEACE MEAL is The Emily Program's podcast.

The Emily Program's Chief Strategist, Jillian Lambert, Ph.D. interviews Thom about eating disorder recovery in the context of the 2020 Coronavirus crisis. 

If you have an interest in eating disorder recovery, definitely listen to more of the Peace Meal podcast and make use of the many resources available through emilyprogram.com.

Jillian Lampert, Ph.D. interviews Thom Rutledge

EATING DISORDERS DURING CORONAVIRUS. THE EMILY PROGRAM

BONUS: Thom Rutledge & Angie Michel co-author an Emily Program Blog 

HOW TO SEPARATE FROM YOUR EATING DISORDER

 

APRIL 16, 2020

 
ROBYN GOLDBERG'S PODCAST
THE EATING DISORDER TRAP
I am honored to have been invited as an early guest on Robyn Goldberg's new podcast, The Eating Disorder Trap. Interview is 2 parts. Please share with anyone or any group you think might benefit. And I do recommend you list to Robyn's other interviews; in fact, I recommend that if you listen to podcasts and have an interest in eating disorder recovery that you subscribe to her podcast.  Thanks for all the good work you do, Robyn! 
ROBYN INTERVIEWS THOM, Part I
ROBYN INTERVIEWS THOM, Part II
 

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