State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Anorexia Nervosa: An Unconventional Recovery Story

Episode #16: Debra Sloss is joined by biomedical writer Evelyn Strauss and Psychotherapist Jeanne Willis, LMFT to talk about recovery from eating disorders, specifically, Anorexia Nervosa. At age 15 and just six months into a diet that Evelyn had embarked upon to shed some weight, she found she was no longer in control. Instead, her diet and the disordered thinking it had triggered were now directing her. Evelyn shares how she worked her way out of the physical and psychological manifestations of anorexia through a self-created and unconventional path. By facing her fear of being fat, she made lasting peace with food and her body. In the process, she gained wisdom about how to heal herself that she utilizes to this day. Jeanne, a psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorders, educates us about the types and prevalence of these conditions, dispels commonly held myths, discusses the types of treatments available, and shares resources to help support recovery.

Broadcast: 3/1/20

Special thanks to Jeanne Baldzikowski for audio production, and to Jennifer Young, who assists with research and outreach. And finally, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating the use of our theme music.

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Local Treatment Program

The Lotus Collaborative Eating Disorder Treatment Center (TLC) in Santa Cruz. TLC also provides a range of services, including three outpatient programs and two inpatient programs.  All of TLC services can be found at

  • Also TLC offers two FREE support groups on Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM, one for peers and the other for family and supporters, with an option of lunchtime meal support for peers at noon. RSVP at


NEDA: Information on misconceptions about eating disorders
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

The Body is Not An Apology (TBINAA) is an international movement committed to cultivating global Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment. They provide information dissemination, personal and social transformation projects and community building, The Body is Not An Apology fosters global, radical, unapologetic self love, which translates to radical human love and action in service toward a more just, equitable, and compassionate world.

The TBINAA online community is designed to give you the functions and fun of other social networking websites without body shame and body censorship.

Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders (T-FEED)
T-FFED is a collective of trans/gender diverse folx and allies building awareness of Gender Diversity in Eating Disorders.

The Body Positive teaches individuals, educators, student leaders, and treatment providers research-based principles for positive body image through online and customized in-person trainings.


The Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness By Kim Chernin
A deeply committed and beautifully written analysis of our society’s increasing demand that women be thin.

Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model By Richard Schwartz
A way of understanding and treating human problems that is empowering, effective, and nonpathologizing.

Mindfulness Support

Talks and meditations with Tara Brach: A website with Tara Brach’s teachings, guided meditations, and other resources. Her approach blends Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world.


Family Service Agency (FSA) of the Central Coast is a dedicated underwriter of State of Mind. FSA provides resources, support, and counseling services to adults and children.  FSA believes in the power and potential of people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their own creative solutions and welcomes people of diverse cultures, genders, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, socio-economic backgrounds.  FSA Counseling Offices offer Medi-Cal, Medicare, and low-cost, sliding scale services in both downtown Santa Cruz 831-423-9444 x200 and in Soquel 831-346-6767 x200.