Information for treatment centres
About the journal.
.Dawn is a 306 page illustrated workbook and journal for people in eating disorder recovery. By combining workbook exercises, expert therapeutic advice and the support of a safe online community I hope to provide a space for people to work through difficult emotions.
Each month begins with a goal setting exercise, calling upon the audience to release something negative in their life and replace it with gentle, self-imposed, exposure to the things they fear. This kind of exposure therapy is something I learned about in CBT treatment and helps to break down the strength of the eating disorder over time.
Each month I will also write about possible challenges and the positives that time of year gives, as well as set a challenge that can be shared online for support. Just under half of the pages are used as a daily journal, giving you space to write your thoughts down each day and release any emotions that come up during recovery.
The remaining pages are a mix of worksheet style exercises, therapeutic advice, motivational quotes and silly illustrative posters to keep patients' spirits up in tough times.
In essence, this is the workbook I wish had existed in the depths of my illness.
How could you use the .Dawn workbook?
This journal has been designed to be used and loved. To help you envision how you might use this book I've come up with a few ideas on how you can get the most out of this tool- this is by no means a comprehensive list but I hope it shows you how valuable a hands-on resource like this could be to patients in your care.
1. Sell on to patients for a 20% profit (detailed below) and use the money in your clinic to continue providing amazing care.
2. Have a copy in your waiting room for patients - the anxiety tips and breathing exercises may come in handy for pre-appointment nerves.
3. If a patient is leaving you - either for a trial period or fully, a journal could help them to stay on track with their recovery.
4. If you would like to set homework then this book is perfect! With loads of worksheets and journaling exercises, there are lots of fun and healing practises that your patients will actually enjoy doing!
5. A workbook would be a lovely and thoughtful gift for anyone in recovery.
6. .Dawn allows your patient to continue their healing between sessions through self-reflection and relaxing exercises.
What’s in it for you and your patients?
For this book to be able to help as many people as possible I would love for it to be able to be used by your patients. As a treatment centre, I would love to offer you these workbooks at £15 - Over 20% off the retail price!
You might decide to keep these to use within your premises OR you could sell them on for you patients to use at home.
By selling these books to patients at retail price (£18.99) you would be able to keep the difference as a donation to help maintain your amazing service.
On top of this, your patients would benefit from the clinically proven benefits of journaling!
Journaling is proven to be an “a highly effective strategy for relieving stress”
I wanted to leave you with a message from one of the many lovely recovery warriors that I have met through creating this book. Thank you for your interest and I hope to hear from you soon!
"Hi! My name is Triss. I am a 28 year old female diagnosed with severe anorexia-restricting type. I have been in hospital and inpatient treatment for my disorder, and through it all, I have found that journaling has been something that has been, and remains, crucial to my recovery.
In journaling, I have been able to put some of the chaos in my mind, that drives my disorder, to rest. Journaling has allowed me to recognize patterns of thoughts and behaviors that have been driving and keeping my eating disorder alive. Writing down my thoughts and keeping a food diary, together, were also a great resource when in therapy or doctors appointments. It gave my team an insight into what I was experiencing. Because of this, I was able to get the help I needed to start my journey toward recovery. It can be so difficult to express our needs to others. Especially out loud, and even more so when we are struggling.
One of the other great aspects about journaling during the Recovery process is looking back and seeing how far you have come. It is so easy to focus on how far we have to go, that seeing how far we have come gets lost. Journalling allows us to stop and celebrate those victories, too.
A journal specifically tailored for eating disorders could, quite literally, save lives. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. Beyond this journal being a useful resource for patients or people experiencing eating disorders, it can be so useful to treatment facilities and doctors when trying to help treat these illnesses.
This is the journal I wish existed when I was curled up on the floor, with a BMI of 15.5, thinking things would never, ever get better.
This is the journal I wished existed when I was trying so hard to shrink myself into nothing. This is the journal the world needs."
For more information or to order books for a treatment centre please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org