Atlanta is an online Eating Disorder Associate, based in Cornwall. In this blog, she describes her role at Orri and how she supports our clients, virtually.
Can you take a moment to introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Atlanta, I will be joining the Orri team as an online EDA. I identify as a female with pronouns she/her.
How long have you been an Eating Disorder Associate (EDA) for and what were you doing before Orri?
I joined Orri in the middle of July. Before this I have worked within an acute mental health inpatient service for men and women.
How would you describe your role to people outside Orri?
I describe my role as supporting individuals online with their treatment programme for an eating disorder.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Being able to support clients along their recovery journey and seeing the positive impact treatment is providing.
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your role?
The added challenges that come with working with clients online rather than in person, such as difficulty in accessing body language.
What do you feel is most unique about Orri?
Orri’s individualised approach towards treatment and the goal of healing the whole person drawing on a biopsychosocial approach rather than focusing only on symptom reduction and weight restoration.
Outside of work, what do you do for your own mental wellbeing?
I love to get outdoors and actively being present in my surroundings whether it be wild swimming at the beach or walking along the coast path. I also make a conscious effort to be self-compassionate and treat myself the same as I would treat a friend or family member.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
If you focus on the step in front of you, the rest of the path will fall into place.
Do you have a mental health hero?
I think that everyone who works within mental health services is a mental health hero themselves as everyone has mental health just as we all have physical health. An example is that of Jennifer Rollin – a therapist who specialises in eating disorders who has also struggled herself with her own eating disorder.
Why did you decide to work in mental health?
I am very empathetic and I’ve always wanted to help others, this drew me to working in support roles within mental health settings, where I found my passion for mental health nursing.
If you had one piece of advice for a therapy-seeker, what would it be?
Seeking therapy is a brave step and one to be proud of! Embrace the process and be gentle with yourself along the way.
For more information about Orri’s online eating disorder treatment, click here.