“I have no doubt that the major factor in my recovery from my eating disorder was Brooke. I was deep into an eating disorder that nearly devastated me and my family. Brooke understands this disease on every level. She worked with me and my family using a variety of techniques to help me break free and journey towards recovery. Thank you, Brooke, for your wisdom, tenacity, and loving kindness.”
"We have 3 daughters and 1 son. As we were raising them, we worked very hard to teach them to avoid dangers like busy streets, strangers, hot stoves, and so on. Never did we anticipate the deadly, complicated threat our youngest daughter’s eating disorder would present. She is smart, kind, intelligent, and driven. In middle school, though, she began to withdraw and her eating patterns changed. We became terrified as we watched her begin to starve herself. As we began looking for help, we ended up admitting her to the hospital twice as her physical health began to decline. I found a local psychiatrist, and hoped that he might provide a path to getting the help our daughter desperately needed. Unfortunately, his therapy was ineffective, and we realized quickly our only hope was to find someone experienced in treatment this misunderstood illness called anorexia.
Brooke and her team were like angels coming to our rescue. Her treatment was specific to those suffering from eating disorders. She explained the illness and treatment plan required to get our daughter safe again. She was with us every step of inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and ongoing therapy. We found hope in her knowledge and story. I am convinced that Brooke and her team saved our daughter’s life. Today our daughter is healthy and happy in her recovery.
Eating Disorders are dangerous and misunderstood illnesses. It is critical that sufferers find the help they need. I trusted Brooke and her team with my daughter’s life. I can with complete confidence recommend her to anyone seeking help for an eating disorder."
“I had been to multiple therapists before coming to Brooke, so I was skeptical at first. During my first appointment with her, I felt at ease and knew she understood me. She is excellent at helping people, through anything. She has helped me manage my ED, and has been exceedingly patient with me when I have been non-compliant. I know no matter what, I can talk to Brooke and know that I am understood. She is not only an excellent therapist but also a wonderful person. I am so glad I started with Brooke.”
"Farrington Specialty Counseling has been so important to my life because it has been a foundation of my recovery. When I entered recovery, I wasn’t sure that I would ever be fully recovered. I had heard that it was a possibility, but I didn’t think it would be a possibility for me. The behaviors and patterns that I had relied on for so many years seemed too tightly connected to me as a person. FSC helped me to separate the eating disorder from who I was, and also to discover who I was, something that had been lacking in previous recovery work.
I believe that the uniqueness of FSC is their ability to understand the complexities of eating disorders. FSC’s compassion and dedication to their client’s welfare and recovery can’t be overstated. Their unique knowledge and array of resources provide individualized attention to each client.
I’m so thankful to Brooke, Ann, and the rest of FSC and am very joyful to say that I am recovered!"
“I was in a full blown binge mode when I showed up at Farrington Specialty Counseling. Prior to coming I had been involved in a big weight loss program. It was at IOP (the Intensive Outpatient program at FSC) that I first heard about the binge/purge cycle. Understanding this has been revolutionary to me.
Brooke, through her wisdom and many therapeutic tools, has been able to break through the barrier walls and help me to understand my eating disorder. After 58 years of bad habits and and faulty thinking, the journey to mindful eating hasn’t been an easy one, but I now have hope!”
Walking into the doors of FSC, I was not exactly sure what to expect. What I found was a unique approach that I had not tried. I also found therapists who themselves have recovered from an eating disorder which in return gave me hope. Hope that recover is possible for me too. I thoroughly enjoy the Compulsive Overeating therapy group. The group not only challenges me but also educates me on my journey to recovery. I appreciate all the resources and support from Danielle, Brooke, Ann, and Erica. I am truly grateful to have found FSC. My only regret is that I wish I had found them sooner.”
"Farrington Specialty Counseling changed the way I approached eating disorder recovery. Before taking part in IOP, I only saw half of what recovery entailed: absence of behaviors. I had tried time and time again to get rid of my eating disorder, but I had never been successful. Through the IOP program I was able to reconnect with myself emotionally and truly begin the process of genuine—and complete—recovery from this burden that I had been carrying around for a majority of my life. Now I am able to say that I am truly recovering from my eating disorder, which is amazing since I honestly thought it to be an impossible task before coming to FSC. I cannot thank Brooke and her team enough for the doors they have opened up to me by showing me that there was so much more to life than an eating disorder."
“My relationship with FSC began when my daughter, then a freshman in high school, developed anorexia nervosa and became compulsive with exercise. I was extremely lucky to have found a caring nutritionist who referred us right away to Brooke. As a parent, I was terrified. Brooke involved me right from the start in supporting my daughter with the right language and education and insight about why/how this condition had surfaced. Brooke also supported me through individual counseling session so that I could help control my own anxiety and not feed into my daughter’s disease and disordered thinking. My daughter had a goal to travel overseas for mission work that summer with her brother and Brooke helped her get there, feeling strong and with awareness of her triggers. Since then Brooke has remained an ally to our family. My daughter is now studying overseas, 5 years later and checks in with Brooke on every break from school. We never stopped learning to love our bodies under her guidance and care.”
"I was surrounded in darkness, barely able to see enough to simply put one foot in front of the other. I remember feeling like I was in a glass cage, placed in the very center of Times Square, sometimes banging on the glass, yelling and screaming to get the attention of those walking by, to no avail. But most of the time I lie resigned to my cage, huddled in a ball, wrapping my arms around myself and watching the world move around me. At times feeling suffocated by my glass walls and my thoughts and always feeling envious of the happiness and light that seemed to be everywhere but around me, everywhere but inside me. Brooke saw me. She understood me. She taught me that I don’t have to yell and scream and harm myself to try to get people to understand my pain. She taught me that I don’t have to isolate myself and that my own arms don’t have to be the only things holding me together. She helped me break down the walls of my prison and join the world. I could leave my house. It was ok to be seen. Brooke was the beginning of my journey to uncover the light that burns inside us all. She was always in my corner and still is, 10 years later. There is hope, there is light and there are people who will truly see YOU, the staff at FSC are some of those people. I am eternally grateful."