Eating Disorder Specialist
Hi, I am Ilona Phillips
I teach skills and share essential resources for families and carers of children, teens and adults with eating disorders, helping caregivers take control back with confidence and a clear plan, improving treatment outcomes.
Eating disorders don’t have to control your life.
You can feel conﬁdent and empowered to tackle them with eﬀective tools, up to date knowledge, strategies and support.
I have been a psychotherapist and a coach for the last two decades.
I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of clients, families and organizations with a variety of mental health concerns and wellness.
In mental health my focus has been in the eating disorder field. I learned very early on that ﬁnding expert eating disorder providers and resources can be very diﬃcult - whether you are in the US or around the world. This was true when I started a solo practice as well as the years I spent building and expanding an evidence based group practice, where I have had the privilege to work with many outstanding, committed clinicians serving thousands of families.
The demand for services continues to grow while resources can still be deeply lacking and unprepared.
Many families have limited to no access to specialized eating disorder providers and treatment centers. Insurance coverage can be an issue and so are unprecedented wait times even when the right provider exists nearby.
All of these barriers affect the recovery journey exponentially.
Timely and eﬀective intervention is of the essence and can signiﬁcantly alter the recovery journey, the toll eating disorders take on every organ in the body, the individual’s mental and physical health, their support systems and much more.
And yet, it doesn't have to be that way. Eating disorders do not have to become chronic or fatal.
While it can be heartbreaking to hear stories of adults who have struggled or barely maintained recovery for years, I also know it doesn’t have to be the case. I have seen many success stories first hand. Effective resources and systems are life changing.
You can absolutely be successful helping your child with well informed eating disorder recovery plan, and you can start today.
Eating disorder care is often far from simple. Families and caregivers feel lost, anxious, overwhelmed and exhausted, unsure of how to intervene and support their loved one with an eating disorder and how to continue. Many report starting in a bit of a denial, thinking that "perhaps it's not that bad", "perhaps it's just phase" and regretting they did not know just how crucial timely and evidence based intervention is.
This is understandable. Expert knowledge and care are not always easy to find.
Ready at your ﬁngertips, you can take charge of the eating disorder journey today.
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