Welcome Reasons Alumni! We are honored that you chose to receive treatment at Reasons and want to stay connected with you.

Reasons Alumni Take-Aways

Reasons Alumni discuss their most important take-aways from treatment. Hear in their own words what their experiences of treatment have been and some of the key things that have aided them on their journey.

Every recovery journey is different and is never linear, however with support, courage and a lot of hard work, a full recovery is possible.

We would like to Thank all the Alumni that participated in the making of this video. We are so grateful for your participating and willingness to share your vulnerability.

If you are an alumni and interested in getting more involved in Alumni Programming, please feel free to contact us.


Reasons Alumni Annual Retreat: Saturday 11/17/18

8:30 am-4:30 pm in San Marino, CA

Finding Meaning in Connection

Reasons Residential San Marino ~ New Reasons Location, Scheduled to open early 2019

San Marino, CA (Address provided when you register)

A day focused on building connection in your recovery to others and yourself. We welcome you wherever you are on your recovery journey to share, reflect and connect.

Staff attending: Jessica Gillespie, LMFT ~ Director of Residential Programs; Anna Governale, LMFT ~ Hancock Park Program Manager; Jillian Szafranski, RYT~ Yoga Therapist; Brittany Canady, RD ~ Inpatient Dietitian; Goldie Fadakar, LMFT ~ Inpatient Program Manager; Alyson Lischer, LMFT~Director of Admissions & Shannon Braasch, MA ~ Community Outreach Specialist


8:30am ~ Arrival/Check In & Breakfast

9:00am ~ Opening Circle with Anna Governale, LMFT

10:00am ~ Art Activity with Shannon Braasch, MA  (Snack Available) 

11:00am ~ Depths of Disconnection with Jessica Gillespie, LMFT 

12:00pm ~ Lunch

12:45pm ~ Yoga with Jillian Szafranksi, RYT

2:15pm ~ Nutrition Group Q&A with Brittany Canady, RD (Snack Available)

3:15pm ~ Building a Labyrinth & Closing with Goldie Fadakar, LMFT

4:30pm ~ Concludes

*Agenda is tentative

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Reasons San Diego Alumni Gathering: Saturday 10/27/18 at 11am

Alyson Lischer, Director of Admissions at Reasons EDC, your fellow Reasons Alumni and special guest speakers Kinsey Ouellette and Nicky England with Project Heal for lunch and conversation! Our guests will share their recovery stories and create space for your to ask questions and talk about your recovery journey.

Location: 9340 Carmel Mountain Rd Ste E, San Diego, CA 92198

Please RSVP to [email protected] 

Eating Disorders and People of Color and Indigenous Peoples Survey

Reasons is helping Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH and Gloria Lucas of Nalgona Positivity Pride gather information about people of color and indigenous people with eating disorders particularly focusing on treatment experiences. The information gathered will be part of their book anthology on people of color and indigenous people with eating disorders.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/ d/e/ 1FAIpQLSfJDh75nuweGxAWKu7X1Lzr 643x5rrLEzvErn5tZgMy0c5iUg/ viewform

This survey was put together by Marcella Raimondo PhD, MPH, a queer woman of color, licensed psychologist specializing in eating disorders. www.marcellaedtraining.com and Gloria Lucas who runs Nalgona Positivity Pride a Xicana indigenous body-positive organization that focuses on creating eating disorders awareness in marginalized communities. https://instagram.com/ nalgonapositivitypride. For more information please check out their websites.

Survey details:

  • We ask all participants be 18 and older.
  • This survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete.
  • These results will be published
  • Participants who have not received eating disorders treatment are welcome to skip questions that don’t apply.

The information that we collect will help us better understand people of color and indigenous peoples who struggle with various forms of eating disorders, disordered eating, and eating problems. Results will be published to advocate for more resources for people of color and indigenous people who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating and eating problems.

–Please be aware that questions in this survey may activate certain feelings and bring up negative past experiences. We encourage you to please have support or a form of self-care afterwards. Do know that you can opt out at any point.–

Here are other resources that may be of benefit for you:

  1. National Eating Disorders Association Hotline https://www. nationaleatingdisorders.org/ help-support/contact-helpline
  2. Sage and Spoon – free online peer support for indigenous peoples and people of color with disordered eating. https://docs.google. com/forms/d/e/ 1FAIpQLSfJDh75nuweGxAWKu7X1Lzr 643x5rrLEzvErn5tZgMy0c5iUg/ viewform

Reasons Alumni Webinar:  Monday 8/22/17 at 4pm PST

Fanning Your Inner Flame:  Learning to Trust Yourself

Presented by Nikki Rollo, LMFT, PhD, National Director

Contributed by Nikki Rollo, LMFT, PhD National Director, Reasons Eating Disorder Center

Presented by Nikki Rollo, LMFT, PhD
National Director, Reasons

“Each day, we’re given many opportunities to open up or shut down”.  – Pema Chodron

Trust in one’s self and trust in others are essential to our sense of wholeness and for accessing our fullest potential for wisdom, strength, vulnerability, and love.

Please join Nikki for an interactive webinar where you will have the opportunity to discover your inner flame and learn some ways to fan it through the practice of developing trust in yourself and your ability to make it through hard times.

Monday August 22nd at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST

Register for the Webinar

Come to the Annual Project HEAL Gala!

Project HEAL SoCal and Reasons EDC ‘Fearlessly Free’ Gala


The Project HEAL SoCal Chapter and Reasons Eating Disorder Center invite you to join us for our Fearlessly Free Gala. The event is graciously being hosted and sponsored by Gabriel Hammond, CEO of Broad Green pictures, in his beautiful home in the West Hollywood Hills. There will be hors d’Oeuvres, an open bar, and a silent auction. We will be honoring Lisa Kantor as our eating disorder advocate of the year for all the amazing work she has done in the fight against insurance companies for wrongfully denying treatment for individuals. The Reasons directors, the Project HEAL founders, the Project HEAL SoCal Chapter founders, as well as a Project HEAL treatment grant recipient will also be speaking. It will be an evening of celebrating recovery, community, and living fearlessly free.

All proceeds will go to the Project HEAL treatment grant.

** Reasons Alumni can purchase discounted tickets (choose the “Young Adult” rate) here**

We are currently collecting items for our silent auction. If you are interested or know of any companies or individuals who are interested in donating an item for our silent auction please have them email us at [email protected]

How to Stay Connected

Social Media: To be added to the Reasons Alumni Facebook Page, please contact Ashley Bullock [email protected]

Email: Please sign up below to get information about upcoming events and webinars.

Recovery Warriors

Recovery Warriors is a great resource for inspiration and they have an app for support throughout the day.

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