Recovery Coaching

A supplemental tool to help build a strong, lasting recovery.


What Is Recovery Coaching?

Recovery coaching is a supplemental tool in recovery that works on identifying where you're still stuck, and on setting practical goals to get you 'unstuck'. We do this through investigating where your eating disorder is still present in terms of your beliefs, actions and day-to-day habits, and work together on implementing practical tasks and changes to target the ED heads-on. Coaching is action-oriented, high-intensity and highly collaborative. We are happy to work with your team in a multidisciplinary manner.

Compared to most forms of traditional therapy, coaching focuses on the 'here and now', and on specific goal setting ("doing over thinking about doing"). Coaching is not licensed to treat or diagnose mental illnesses, nor does it replace medical treatment for an eating disorder. Instead, coaching works as a support tool to help you stay accountable, figure out where you're still stuck, how to progress towards your goals, and overall be a safe, supportive space that helps you move towards full recovery.

The Let's Recover Approach:

Size-Inclusive (HAES-Informed): Eating disorders comes in all shapes an sizes, and so does recovery. We work with you to help your body find it's natural set point weight range, rather than overly focusing on BMI or goal weights (beyond minimums).

'All Foods Fit': We reject diet culture and do not believe in 'good' or 'bad' foods. We encourage full food freedom, implementation over taking away, and truly giving in to your mental and physical hunger.

Food First-Approach: You can not talk your way out of an eating disorder, you need to eat your way out of it too!

Science-Backed: We view eating disorders through a bio-psychological lens, and have a great understanding of the psychological, metabolic and wider physical complications and manifestations of the condition (see "view of eating disorders").

Multidisciplinary: We are happy to work with your wider team, incl. doctors, dieticians, therapists and caregivers.

Reactive Hunger-Informed: We are well-informed about reactive hunger and 'all in' approaches to recovery, and will productively support you through this.

Action-Oriented: Being trained in ACT (Acceptance- and commitment therapy) and coaching, our approach emphasises action and goal setting (doing over thinking about doing!) to help you take practical steps towards full recovery.

Holistic & Individualised: We see the person, not just the illness, and work with you on separating the two. The approach is uniquely tailored for each individual, and we work together to find a strategy that works best for you.

• Commitment To Ongoing Learning: We believe that learning never really ends. We are regularly attending supervision, collaborating with other professionals, attending continued professional development courses, webinars and meetings, and keep up-to-date with the latest science.

LR Coaches

Amalie Lee (Coach & Founder)
Hi, my name is Amalie! I'm a trained coach with a background in Psychology (Masters in Psychology, MSc). Frustrated with the lack of easy-to-understand, science-backed eating disorder information online, I started Let's Recover during my own recovery from Anorexia Nervosa a decade ago. In addition to coaching, I host the podcast 'Recovery Talk', and write the Substack newsletter 'Let's Recover'. You can find me on Instagram at @amalielee and @letsrecover.co.uk.

I'm especially interested in the bio-psychology of eating disorders, and my fields of expertise is reactive hunger (binge eating during/after restriction) and the cognitive-behavioural effects of undernourishment. I'm currently conducting post-graduate academic research on reactive hunger. You can learn more about me and my approach, training and qualifications by clicking 'about' on the top menu
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(Please note that Amalie currently has a waitlist for 1-1 coaching, and due to high demand and limited availability waitlist is currently closed.)


Louisa Sophie (Coach)
Hello, my name is Louisa! I am an EDIT certified recovery coach originally from Germany, now living in the US (I offer coaching in both English and German). After struggling with an eating disorder and compulsive movement for over half my life, I am now fully recovered. Recovery was a life-altering experience for me, so much that I decided to shift my profession to focus on helping others fully recover as well as sharing my knowledge and lived experience. I'm now working under the Let's Recover brand in close collaboration with Amalie.

My approach emphasises teachings from up-to-date, evidence-based approaches and research on eating disorders. Coaching is customised to fit each individual I'm working with based on their needs, goals and where they are in their recovery. I take a hands on approach: together we discuss and identify what you currently struggle with, uncover limiting and disordered beliefs, target sneaky, eating disordered habits and set action-oriented goals for each week.


Stephanie (Coach)
Hi, my name is Stephanie! I am a trained coach and mental health nurse (MSc) living in Belgium (I offer coaching in English and Dutch). I am fully recovered after 17 years of Anorexia, Bulimia, Orthorexia & compulsive movement. Recovery brought me valuable lived experience that I use in combination with my background and training to help those who are still fighting the battle. You can find me on Instagram at @the.wishful.coach where I am passionate about sharing my own story and knowledge.

I work with a patient and emphathetic attitude with my clients, emphasising equality and authenticity in the therapeutic relationship. In our sessions everything can be discussed without judgements, and clients are free to be their unique selves. I always opt for a tailed approach. Together we discover what works best for you based not just on your limitations, but also on your possibilities and strengths.


Who Is Coaching For?

We work with motivated adults (18+) in recovery from an eating disorder or disordered eating, from all over the world. Coaching is best suitable for people who have done some work in recovery already and are medically stable, but are looking for support for the final steps to full recovery (getting out of 'quasi-recovery'). Alternatively, coaching can be used as an additional support tool for people in earlier stages of recovery, but only if this is combined with other forms of support and has been approved by the person's treatment team. Please note that we do not accept clients who are acutely medically vulnerable and without medical follow-up, and that coaching does not replace medical treatment for an eating disorder.

Due to the nature of coaching being reliant on client participation, honesty, collaboration and them following through on tasks and goals between sessions, we only accept clients that are committed and self-referred. We understand the ambivalence and challenges of an eating disorder, and that motivation might come and go. This is OK, as long as you are committed to the process, open about your challenges and willing to collaborate when said challenges arise. If you are not at this stage yet you still need and deserve support, but a different and less self-reliant approach than coaching might be better.

Core View Of Eating Disorders

We view and approach eating disorders through a holistic lens, considering psychological, biological and sociological factors that contribute to or reinforce of the illness. At its core, we view eating disorders as a 'famine response gone wrong': an interaction of biological and psychological factors have set off a faulty fear response towards food, rest and bodily changes, which has become further ingrained as day-to-day habits and a part of your identity. We can work on changing this through correcting the energetic deficit (increase food and rest), restore weight to it's natural set point range, reprogramming fears through repeated exposure and work on identifying your 'true self' values, purpose and identity outside of the eating disorders. We call this the 5 R's approach: Rest, Refeeding, Restoration (of weight and health), Reprogramming and Rediscovery. Coaching with us works on targeting all of these 5 R's, for full, lasting and robust recovery also after the coaching process has taken place. We believe that an eating disorder is not your fault, but your healing is your responsibility - and we are here to help you through it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q: "What languages do you coach in?"
A: Amalie offers coaching in English and Norwegian. She also understands Swedish and Danish, but responses would be in Norwegian or English. Louisa offers coaching in English and German.

Q: "Where are sessions held?"
A: Sessions are held online over video call. You can also request to do voice calls only.

Q: "Do you accept international clients?"
A: Yes! In fact, most of our clients are from outside the UK, and Louisa is currently US based.

Q: "What are your fees?"
A: From 2024: Amalie's fee is £110 per week/£440 per month, whilst Louisa's fee is £90 per week/£360 per month. This includes one 50-minute session per week (total of four sessions per month), between-session support access (via email or WhatsApp), and, if appropriate and requested, correspondence/engagement with client's wider team. Consultations (15 minutes) are free of charge, and does not bind you to sign up for coaching (but out of respect for our time, please only book if you are genuinely interested).

Q: "Do you also offer one-off sessions?"
A: Yes - fees are the same as above, but would include a follow-up email w/ action plan instead of the between sessions support. When getting in touch, please clarify that you're interested in a one-off session rather than ongoing coaching, as one-off sessions tend to have a different structure than ongoing sessions.

Q: "How long does coaching last?"
A: That varies, and expectations reg. time frame (and whether or not this is realistic) can be discussed in a consultation. Some only need a few 'boost' sessions, whilst others are looking for more ongoing support. In comparison to most other forms of therapy, coaching tends to go over a shorter time frame, and be of higher intensity. The average duration for coaching is 3-6 months, although some may request support for longer. This depends on your expectations, how coaching proceeds, and where you are in your recovery, thus it cannot always be predicted. You are free to quit coaching at any time (as long as you follow the cancellation policy), or to request it to continue for longer than originally planned (as long as the coach is still available).

Q: "Who do you not work with?"
A: 1) Under 18's, 2) people acutely medically vulnerable w/o medical support, and/or those in treatment who does not have consent from their medical team to add in coaching, 3) people we deem are unsuitable for coaching due to e.g certain mental and/or physical co-morbidities (people who would instead need a different approach), 4) people who are not currently self-motivated to put in work in their recoveries (coaching is highly dependent on client doing work between sessions).

The reasoning above has to do with medical liability and coaching efficiency - we
only take on clients where we deem coaching to be safe and have potential to help the client, and we are transparent in cases where we deem this not do be the case, instead guiding the person in a different direction. Prospective clients must go through a screening process involving a consultation, filling out a pre-session form, and sign a coaching agreement.