Has your confidence taken a hit? How do you mostly see yourself, in a positive or negative light? Is it possible to rebuild your confidence in ED recovery? In this podcast episode, Dr. Cristina Castagnini speaks about confidence and that, yes, it is possible in recovery with Giulia Haliker.


Giulia Haliker is a body image and confidence expert, advanced eft practitioner, and master energy healer. By combining the powerful modalities that changed her life into a signature 8-step system and coaching thousands of women worldwide to experience the same results, her mission is to show you what’s possible when you heal toxic patterns and beliefs with your body and food. Connect with Giulia on YouTube and Instagram. FREEBIE: Tapping into Body Freedom


  • The power of EFT tapping
  • It’s more than a meal plan
  • Come back to your self-worth

The power of EFT tapping

Going from a place of being riddled with so much shame about my body, and judgment … to being able to go through a session and transform that energy of shame and judgment into a place of more acceptance. (Giulia Haliker)
EFT (emotional freedom technique) is a methodology that helps people to sit with, heal, and release limiting beliefs and stuck emotions. Your thoughts can make or break your recovery process because they give shape and structure to how you see the world and yourself within it. Therefore, tackling and changing the way you see and relate to yourself is crucial in creating positive momentum for your recovery process.
This modality specializes in transforming the intensity and the power behind these negative thoughts that we have around food, and our body, and allowing us to take energy away from them to the point where we experience a cognitive shift. (Giulia Haliker)

It’s more than a meal plan

Recovery is much more than following a new nutritional meal plan. Full recovery is about healing your thoughts, beliefs, and emotional body as well as your physical body.
The internal dialogue and what’s really hurting … that needs some work and that’s where I think you’re actually able to do that work because your brain is nourished and you’re able to think clearly and focus and be present. (Dr. Castagnini)

Come back to your self-worth

Come back to [your] self-worth which is, as we know, independent of the way our physical body appears … [but] people get so attached to believing this false belief that, “[You] have to look a certain way” … it comes down to those fundamental belief systems. (Giulia Haliker)
You have worth no matter how you look. Do not put your life aside “until you look a certain way”. Do not live your life for the future, and on “only if” or “only when”. Your mind is the main tool that you use to perceive your reality, so no matter how you look – even if you had your “dream body” – you wouldn’t enjoy it or realize it unless your mental and emotional health is taken care of. Building your confidence and self-worth are the keys to unlocking your best self, and living your best life!



I am a licensed Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. While I may have over 20 years of clinical experience, what I also have is the experience of having been a patient who had an eating disorder as well. One thing that I never had during all of my treatment was someone who could look me in the eye and honestly say to me "hey, I've been there. I understand". Going through treatment for an eating disorder is one of the hardest and scariest things to do. I remember being asked to do things that scared me. Things I now know ultimately helped me to get better. But, at the time, I had serious doubts and fears about it. If even one of my providers had been able to tell me "I know it's scary, but I had to go through that part too. Here's what will probably happen...." then perhaps I would not have gone in and out of treatment so many times. My own experience ultimately led me to specialize in treating eating disorders. I wanted to be the therapist I never had; the one who "got it". I will be giving you my perspective and information as an expert and clinician who has been treating patients for over 2 decades. But don't just take my word for it...keep listening to hear the truly informative insights and knowledge guest experts have to share. I am so happy you are here!


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