Testimonials

EDRC is committed to those who suffer from or care for loved ones with eating disorders. See our many testimonials below.

To view testimonials from a specific group, click the title of the group (i.e. “Staff Quotes”).


Client Quotes

“I can’t say enough about how much the EDRC has enriched my life. As a young woman who has struggled with some form of an eating disorder for more than half my life and never had the courage to seek professional help, this place opened many doors to healing for me. I took a chance and went to a group meeting. I look forward to the meetings each month. I appreciate this welcoming, safe, and supportive environment. They even have a library of great self- help books to borrow. I don’t know where I would be right now had this valuable resource not been available to me.”

-Sascha M.

“Diabulimia is a dangerous combination of type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder, and EDRC is in the forefront of bringing the hidden population of those struggling with it to light and bringing a much needed awareness of it to the community. I had struggled with this disorder years ago; since few physicians or therapists had heard of it, I received almost no help. It’s wonderful that through the efforts of EDRC this is changing.”

-Lilly B.

“My daughter has been at Avalon Hills treatment center a little over a month now. EDRC and their support group helped make this happen.”

-Mother

“…EDRC has been a beacon of hope for us while trying to navigate the world of our daughter’s mental illness. They provide no cost support groups for sufferers and caregivers that we attend and have only been a phone call or email away when trying to find information about therapists, dietitians, psychiatrists and treatment centers. Our journey continues to be a tough one, but EDRC has always been there to help.”

-Grateful Client

“…What stood out for me was the very insightful and personal connection EDRC makes with the ‘client.’ It made not only a big difference but left a lasting impression that I will continue to share with others in need.”

-Laurence K., Father

“With the information you provided, I was recently able to help another mother worried about her suffering daughter. Before connecting with EDRC, we didn’t have much support. Thank you.”

–Mother, Support Group Attendee

“Thank you, EDRC, for connecting me with someone who is in recovery. She is the first person I have ever met with an eating disorder, and it sure made me feel good I am not alone. This is a very isolating and lonely disorder. Thank you so much for being a resource for me and my mother. I need all the support I can get. I just want to get better.”

-Client

“I am so incredibly grateful for the support and kindness you have shown me. I have the utmost admiration for [EDRC] for taking the time to meet me privately, share resources and experiences… [and] to make a few calls that resulted in an appointment with a highly respected doctor.”

-Grateful mother

“I learned about EDRC while listening to Marcos Gutierrez “Hecho en California” interview on Spanish radio show on KIQI 1010 am. I immediately called EDRC because I was concerned about my 21 year old son. He ate impulsively and excessively and was extremely overweight, possibly morbidly obese, and suffers from depression. We do not have medical insurance, but I knew my son needed help and EDRC connected us with services. I wish EDRC and everyone involved “que les vaya muy bien” (for all to go well) and plan to share with others about my good experience.”

-Grateful Client

“Thanks to EDRC’s guidance, the HMO has decided to cover my daughter’s treatment for anorexia. You gave me encouragement to continue advocating when I was feeling worn down.”

-Sally, Mother

“My daughter is doing very well in her recovery. Her vitals are stable… I can’t thank you enough for the support and information you provided me. Without you and the family & friends support group, my daughter and I would have been lost.”

-Steve, Father

“Thank you for making the public aware of how necessary it is to deal with and talk about this issue. It can be such a lonely place to be suffering from an eating disorder, but you made me realize i’m not alone.”

–Debbie Reek, EDRC client

“Attending the support group has given me a feeling that there is hope for my daughter. The group had many helpful suggestions including helping me realize that eating disorders are complex illnesses, and not choices.”

–Support Group Attendee

“Thanks to your guidance, I was able to persuade the insurance company to agree to pay for my daughter’s treatment.”

-Grateful mother

“For the past 3 years I have been a participant and a volunteer at the EDRC support group for parents and friends with loved ones suffering from eating disorders. The awesome staff of EDRC work tirelessly and the facilitators of the support groups are dedicated souls who give from the heart. Participants come to these groups in a state of shock, bewilderment and emotional chaos. They walk out with a sense of purpose and hope and armed with a list of resources and lots of support. For many, this is the only source of support. Thank you EDRC for all your dedication and advocacy…you are a true blessing.”

–Elli, Mother






Donor Quotes

“Having support groups and access to people who understand makes all the difference in recovery. Thank you for ensuring that no one is forgotten left alone, helpless, and hopeless.”

-Jeanie Olson, Donor

“I have not had an eating disorder, but I feel empathy for those who struggle with their body image. A few years ago, I was sometimes teased for my appearance; I had to wear a back brace, and I dressed like a boy to cover it up. It really hurts when you don’t feel like you fit in or that you are never good enough, even for yourself… Thank you again, and I hope my donation is enough to in some way help your center.”

-Jessie Hermann, Donor






Education Outreach Participant Quotes

“The Eating Disorder Resource Center is a small organization with gigantic heart and passion. I have had lots of volunteer experiences but have not met a more passionate, driven, and tireless group. The EDRC is successful in their mission of Awareness, Recovery, and Advocacy for eating disorder issues. If you have ANY questions about eating issues the EDRC should be at the top of your list. They are a wonderful resource for the Silicon Valley community.”

-Elise Greenaway, MSW, Step Up! Snell Community School

“Laura is our third speaker from EDRC and she upheld their tradition of sending us quality, very knowledgeable, and engaging speakers. She engaged the group and honed in on their request for interventions technique. Laura exceeded all expectations! She did so well that I invited her to speak to my practicum class at Santa Clara University too!”

-Vicky Tamashiro, LMFT, Clinical Director at Alum Rock Counseling Center

“EDRC provided a wonderful free training for our staff at Advent Group Ministries. Many of the clients we work with that have substance abuse issues are also simultaneously struggling with eating disorders. Advent staff walked away from this training with important tools under our belt for working with adolescents that struggle with eating disorders!”

-Elise Greenaway, NSW, Step Up! Snell Community School 

“The support of EDRC is a key component in the success of the Strong Girls, Strong Women (SGSW) conference. We, at SGSW, look forward to our continued collaboration with the EDRC for the benefit of girls throughout Santa Clara County.”

-Louise Persson, Association of University Women

“I had the recent opportunity to attend an in-service training conducted by Laura Machado, LMFT. As a licensed mental health professional for almost 37 years [and teacher at SJSU], I can say her presentation was unequivocally the best I have ever experienced! She was knowledgeable, personable, and a very good teacher.”

-Barry Goldman-Hall, LCSW at West Valley College

“Through EDRC’s partnership in bringing Dr. Katja Rowell to Santa Clara County, we increased awareness of the role of feeding practices in the development of child disordered eating. Tools were given to pediatric service providers and parents on how to ‘take anxiety and conflict off he dinner table’ and prevent these disorders.”

–Dr. Carol Danaher, MPH, RD, Childhood Feeding Collaborative

“Thank you to Dr. Lisa Groesz and EDRC for the presentation: ‘How to Identify and Manage Eating Disorders in Adolescent Settings.’ We appreciated learning about clinical strategies, the implications of stress, and when and to whom to refer our students.”

-Darin Conway, LCSW, Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) Los Gatos Site Director

“Thank you for the program on healthy eating for our Spanish-speaking parents from Washington Elementary School. The speakers were very interactive and engaging, and the hands on approach required the audience to pay attention and become involved.”

–Stacy Muccino, Board President of Collaborative Community Program

“Through EDRC’s partnership in bringing Dr. Katja Rowell to Santa Clara County, we increased awareness of the role of feeding practices in the development of child disordered eating. Tools were given to pediatric service providers and parents on how to ‘take anxiety and conflict off the dinner table’ and prevent these disorders.”

–Dr. Carol Danaher, MPH, RD, Childhood Feeding Collaborative

“Thank you to Dr. Lisa Groesz and EDRC for the presentation: ‘How to Identify and Manage Eating Disorders in Adolescent Settings.’ We appreciated learning about clinical strategies, the implications of stress, and when and to whom to refer our students.”

-Darin Conway, LCSW, Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) Los Gatos Site Director

“EDRC’s presentation on “How to Manage Eating Disorders in a Residential Treatment Center for Addiction” helped us understand the new DSM-V for binge eating and the role of stress in eating behaviors. We walked away with tools to use with our clients and knowledge of local resources for treatment and support.”

–Amanda Young, PhD, Clinical Director of The Sequoia Center

“Thanks very much to all of you for the very valuable presentation; many of our staff has requested eating disorder resource information…I’m looking forward to further coordination with EDRC over time.”

-Anthony Cozzolino, MD, Medical Director VMC

“My students and I wanted to compliment EDRC’s website for providing ‘awesome’ resources on body image.”

-Jenny Kim, Westwood Youth Group Mentor

“Thank you to EDRC and Dr. Sarah Forsberg for the informative presentation on eating disorders. The area of eating disorders is often neglected, due to a lack of accessible information. This often results in a lack of confidence among clinicians in even approaching the topic. Staff commented that they are more confident in their ability to address this area of treatment.”

-Christie Pfalzgraf, Alum Rock Counseling Center Supervisor

“Unfortunately, Medi-Cal’s coverage for treating those suffering from an eating disorder is essentially non existent. I was desperate to find the proper treatment for my client, who was struggling with her anorexia and reaching a dangerously low weight. Thankfully, I found the Eating Disorder Resource Center. The EDRC worked tirelessly to provide me with resources, and now my client is in the process of entering a treatment program that is specifically designed for eating disorders, regardless of their level of income. “

-Diana Lohr, LCSW, Family and Children Services

“EDRC has taken a determined, focused, and energetic approach to educating our community about the dire consequences of eating disorders. In doing so, EDRC has helped to dispel misleading myths about eating disorders, encouraged early identification of eating problems, and promoted awareness about the biological basis of these disorders and how best to treat them.”

-Jim Lock, MD, PHD

“It is important that we have a local resource like the EDRC available to guide patients and/or parents to information… it is a very misunderstood disease and often goes undiagnosed.”

-Robert Trifilo, DDS, Santa Clara County Dental Society Member

“I have the pleasure of working with EDRC and was happy to sponsor the workshop on diabulimia, as this is a serious and often missed illness. Every experience I have had with the EDRC has been organized, professional and timely. EDRC’s commitment to the eating disorder community is palpable, from education on prevention to treatment, and everything in-between this organization standouts in every way possible. The Silicon Valley, as well as the eating disorder community, is very lucky to have such a wealth of knowledge and support. Thank you EDRC!”

-Melissa Achurra, Center for Hope in the Sierras

“Thank you for the training on body image issues disordered eating behaviors and thoughts, and how to approach students we may suspect as having an eating disorder. My staff and I feel more confident and competent to deal with such a common issue.”

-Enrique S. Flores, Community Leader

“El Camino Hospital is pleased to support EDRC. Thank you for the excellent work your center provides. We appreciate having your expert team of volunteers and resources available for our hospital, our community and our partners.”

-Barbara Avery, Director, Community Benefit, El Camino Hospital

“The EDRC provides us with a speaker each year for our interns at Alum Rock Counseling Center. The EDRC is a valuable resource, with staff and volunteers who respond promptly to questions in a friendly, courteous, and professional manner.”

-Vicky, Alum Rock Counseling Center

“Laura gave a presentation on eating disorders to the Student Health Services staff at West Valley College, and it was extremely informative and engaging! She tailored the presentation to our interests and needs, and I enjoyed her warmth, humor, and ability to articulate in-depth information with ease. The entire experience far exceeded my expectations. Thank you!”

-M. Vaughn, West Valley College

“EDRC’s trainers exceeded our expectations. They provided us with general information as to how we can best serve our clients with eating disorders and many ideas for specific interventions we can use with them. They also provided great written information that we can refer back to. Our presenters were funny, down-to-earth, and extremely knowledgeable. We learned so much and had a great time!”

-Lindsay, Los Gatos Teen Therapy

“EDRC sent volunteers to help educate our staff about eating disorders. They were extremely kind, equipped & helpful! I plan on having them back sometime soon!”

-Spencer Kilgore, South Bay Teen Challenge

“EDRC has done a lot of work in the schools, trained many professionals in the South Bay, provided free support groups for those in recovery. EDRC maintains a comprehensive on-line resource directory of treating professionals. EDRC responds to calls and emails from patients, family members, clinics and health care professionals requesting support and information, treatment options, and help with navigating the health care and insurance systems. EDRC offers an education and outreach program on the early detection and intervention of eating disorders. EDRC facilitates monthly support groups for sufferers and their families and friends.”

-Deborah Brenner-Liss, Director of Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED)






Volunteer Quotes

“You have no idea how grateful I am to be volunteering at EDRC. Ever since I recovered from anorexia, I knew I wanted to help others with similar difficulties and EDRC has given me the opportunity to use my struggles as a virtue in helping others and has helped me develop better confidence in myself. It is an honor to work with such inspiring and dedicated people.”

-Emily Caruthers, Volunteer

“I decided to volunteer at EDRC because I struggled with an eating disorder for 4 years. I want to help others with eating disorders, and I want to spread the word because not many people know about this illness, and I know how difficult it is. I want to tell everyone who is going through this that you have help, and that this illness actually has a cure. I recovered from it, and now I live free from anorexia.”

– Nathaly Alcalá, Volunteer

“It provides me with the opportunity to help other parents and loved ones with the support they need and to provide a ‘safe place’ to talk about the struggles they are experiencing.”

-Debra Schlesinger, support group leader

“Being a part of the Every Body’s Beautiful Event has changed my outlook. My struggle with an eating disorder and overcoming it has allowed me to help others who are in the same situation to be a role model for my daughters. I thank EDRC for the chance to share what I’ve learned.”

-Vivian Amarillas, Volunteer

“I chose to volunteer at EDRC because it serves a cause that matters to me. I look forward to working with Project Heal to compile a report of clients who have been denied insurance coverage for eating disorder treatment.”

-Amber Lee, Volunteer

“It’s been great working at EDRC because I feel like I’ve learned so much and after every time I volunteer I walk away feeling as if I did something positive for the community. The people working here have been so wonderful and I’m so glad to be part of such a great organization.”

-Sarah Johnson, Volunteer

“I chose to volunteer at EDRC so that I could contribute in spreading awareness about eating disorders online. As a Google AdWords Certified Professional having experience working with North American businesses, I felt I could help EDRC optimize their Google advertising grant. I hope I can contribute in a small way and make a difference in the lives of people. I would like to thank Janice and her team for all the help and support.”

-Chetan Joshi, Volunteer

“Volunteering for EDRC has been an inspiring and meaningful experience. I have learned a great deal about the many barriers that individuals struggling with this illness and their families face. I plan to use the experiences and knowledge I have gained from my volunteer work at EDRC to become an effective and more compassionate physician.”

-An Le, Volunteer

“I am thrilled to be a part of EDRC and the many vital services EDRC provides our community. The world of eating disorders is confusing and overwhelming to parents, family and loved ones, as well as individuals struggling. EDRC offers a guiding light to those seeking recovery or to learn more about eating disorders. I am confident that when I direct people to EDRC they are in safe hands.”

-Elizabeth Basile, Support Group Leader

“The people who attend the EDRC Support Group have taught me a lot. I am honored and humbled to be witness to the struggles and triumphs no matter how large or small that each of these amazingly resilient individuals face.”

-Olga Rocklin, support group leader






Board Member Quotes

“After meeting with the EDRC Board and staff, I felt the organization aligns with my overall personal as well as professional vision and mission. My goddaughter was diagnosed with an eating disorder two years ago. The challenges around the diagnosis itself, acceptance, treatment, and family dynamic issues are huge. I greatly appreciate what EDRC is doing in the community in this important area and am excited to be involved.”

-Denise Johnson, Board Chair

“I always wanted to use my advertising skills to make a difference. I was very disappointed in the media’s overuse of Photoshop and wanted to focus on promoting positive body image and positive self-esteem. Seeing our Facebook page grow and reading the responses is incredibly inspiring. I love being able to make a difference, and knowing that my posts inspire others.”

-Vanessa McCaslin, Board Member

“As a cardiac rehab nurse, I have seen first-hand how devastating this illness can be. Therefore, I feel that my purpose in life is helping others and I am pleased to bring this spirit to EDRC. I also have enjoyed being a judge for the Annual Essay Contest.”

-Karen Wolf, EDRC Board Member






Staff Quotes

“I wanted to get involved with EDRC after learning about the work they are doing for the community in regards to outreach, education and support for those struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. I want to do what I can to help close the gap between the resources available and sufferers. I feel so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful and noble organization.”

-Kristen Lohse, Program Manager