In light of the second lockdown in England, we have decided to pause our face-to-face treatment once more, working exclusively online with our clients and their families.
The decision to move online was not an easy one, and we are very aware of the implications the first lockdown had on the wider eating disorder community. However, preserving the safety of our clients has always been at the heart of Orri’s approach.
As we prepare for a winter blighted by the pandemic, we also mindful that this is a season of hibernation; of turning inward to conserve energy whilst cocooned in a safe space for dwelling. We recognise that in lockdown we too will have to turn inward, take responsibility of our energy and create our own safe space for our recovery.
Strength and courage to hold ‘hope’ during this time is paramount. Hope that we can weather these unpredictable times, hope that our loved ones and ourselves can find the least difficult pathway through this period, and hope that we can hold on to the things that are important in our lives.
“We adapted, we adjusted – we did what we could every day to prioritise recovery. And in this process of adapting, we grew.”
In the last lockdown, many of us had opportunity to reflect on what’s important. Community, the eating disorder recovery “tribe”, was a significant part of this, and we watched the eating disorder community rise up to support one another as treatment and support options became unclear. Social media in particular became a place of solidarity and encouragement, and fostered the hope we all so desperately need in times of complex uncertainty.
Our resilience was illuminated as we did indeed make it through – together. We realised we could cope – no matter how dark those dark days were, we made it through every single one of them, with many deciding to view it as merely another challenge in their recovery. We adapted, we adjusted – we did what we could every day to prioritise recovery. And in this process of adapting, we grew.
“Online, our clinicians are able to support our clients in novel and enriching ways by being “part” of their home environment.”
Orri’s online treatment was originally born as a treatment option when face-to-face treatment wasn’t possible, yet over the course of the last few months it has become part of the intricate tapestry that is Orri. Our clinicians are able to support our clients in novel and enriching ways by being “part” of their home environment. What’s more, our clients have worked together to create a nurturing and caring online community that provides a sense of certainty and security in turbulent times.
“Throughout this second lockdown, we’ll be nurturing hope by recognising the resilience of everyone in our recovery community who shows up for themselves, every day, and trusts the process.”
As one of Orri’s values, we define “hope” within the context of treatment as “working collaboratively to create a space where recovery is possible”. We know that our online treatment creates a space where recovery is possible.
An old definition of “hope” is: “a feeling of trust”. Trust is a crucial part of engaging in recovery and with the support of loved ones or specialists. Throughout this second lockdown, we’ll be nurturing hope by recognising the resilience of everyone in our recovery community who shows up for themselves every day and trusts the process. Working together, we can hold onto hope that recovery is possible.