DO THE NEXT RIGHT HARD THING This phrase comes from Alcoholics Anonymous and has guided countless people through difficult moments. Anna in Frozen 2 has a whole song about “Do the Next Right Thing.” Now let’s add in loving kindness: Do the next kind, right, hard thing. Being kind to ourselves IS the right thing to do, and infinitely harder than being kind to others. Even when it’s really hard, doing the NEXT KIND, RIGHT, HARD THING is the way through life’s challenges. When we look too far ahead, we get bogged down in the muck and it is easy to feel hopeless.
As we all move through this challenging time, we at The Hull Institute have noticed a few things: We CAN all rise up and move through this virus TOGETHER, or we can isolate and live in fear. People with brain disorders are likely to see their symptoms and behaviors increase in frequency and intensity during this time. Families of people with eating disorders, due to the constant close proximity, are likely to see how bad the problem really is, in ways they have never seen before. And the entire family can benefit from support and guidance from our team of eating disorders specialists.
We are accepting new clients and we are becoming quite adept at virtual appointments. Clients and therapists are working together to stay safe while choosing virtual or in-person appointments. Insurance companies continue to cover virtual appointments. We can get you started with a clinician within 48 hours of your call to us. We are here to help.
Ann Hull Kuster, LISW, MBA President, The Hull Institute, LLC
Eating disorders are horrible brain disorders. As anyone with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or something else knows, eating disorders are extremely difficult to treat. We have never seen a client that has “only” an eating disorder. We see women and men, LGBTQ, teens and adults of all ages who also have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and addictions. It’s bad enough to have just one of these, and many of our clients have several. RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE.
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF HULL HOUSE RECOVERY RESIDENCES
HHRR is opening a home in Akron for women, and people who identify as women, with eating disorders (Primary), other addictions and trauma. HHRR is all-inclusive and looks forward to accepting people of all colors and backgrounds.Read More
For over our mission has been to help people overcome unhealthy behaviors and achieve happier, more balanced lifestyles. We have two complementary areas of expertise: unhealthy eating and alcohol and drug mis-use.
We believe that the mental health and chemical dependency issues we treat are biological and genetic, brought out by environmental factors. Our motto is: “You didn’t cause it AND it’s your responsibility to fix it!”Read More
“I can’t keep doing this AND I can’t stop!”
Eating disorders and disordered eating are disruptive to daily living at the minimum and life threatening at the maximum. Individuals of any age can benefit from professional help. No one deserves to live with these very treatable diseases. Getting treatment is not easy, nor is not getting it. If you are struggling with your eating habits and/or weight worries, we can help restore you and your family to physical, emotional and spiritual health.
We offer appointments with our Eating Disorders Dietitians at our Beachwood, Rocky River and Fairlawn offices. You do not need to see a therapist at The Hull Institute to see one of our dietitians.
Most people believe they know what to eat, how much to eat, and how often to eat. It really isn’t that difficult, is it? I mean come on, there are only a million websites and books and magazine articles out there telling us what to eat and how much to exercise. Yet, if we all knew what to do, why aren’t we all doing it?
If only it were that simple. The body is an incredibly complicated machine and there is no shame in asking for help from a Registered Dietitian with a degree, lots of training and practice, and who specializes in the treatment ...Read More
I looked over at my 15 year old daughter as our doctor said: 'anorexia'. My heart sank and I thought: ''what did I do wrong? How had a failed her?' What I discovered from Ann is that there is no reason or person to blame for this insidious disease. It is a complicated mix of emotional, biological and psychological factors. Through Ann's help, I disengaged myself from Clare's eating behavior and focused on a healthier relationship with her. I realized I had no control over Clare's behavior and the only person I could change was me. This was the beginning of the recovery process, for Clare and our family.
Jill takes time to work with me in developing a reasonable and healthy meal plan. She is firm, yet helpful, motivating and compassionate. In addition to her great knowledge base, Jill's persistence has helped me progress in treatment.
I would recommend Christine to anyone who wants to develop and maintain healthy eating habits. Initially, I didn't want to see any nutritionist, but Ann talked me into it. I'm so glad she did. Christine has played an integral role in helping me become and stay healthy. Her positive attitude makes her a pleasure to work with, and her knowledge of nutrition and physiology continue to give me confidence in her advice and recommendations.
Ann is a capable of nurturing anyone. The great amount of vitality, compassion and experience Ann has is rare. It's been 3 years since Ann helped me through intensive recovery and she is still one of my role models for emotional health
Although I was initially hesitant to do neurofeedback, I now see that it has been an invaluable asset to my traditional therapy. Neurofeedback has helped my ability to calm myself down, be more open to taking calculated risks to enhance my quality of life, and helped me relax enough to get restful sleep and have more useful energy during the day. Trusting the process has led to great rewards.
Jill helped me learn a lot about nutrition and meal planning. She made things much clearer for me. She has helped me immensely in my journey to recovery.
Ann has the knowledge and experience to deliver Drug-Free Workplace Training in a personal and practical way. Her ability to make the training interactive and connect with our associates is why we call her back each year.
I have worked with Ann Hull (The Hull Institute) for years. Ann’s knowledge and expertise in the training arena of drug awareness and maintaining a Drug Free Work Place is superior. Ann connects well to a variety of audiences ranging from the business executive to the shop floor mechanic. I count on her to deliver a well organized program and she never fails.
Ann, you are a great psychotherapist!
Ann is never judgmental and always genuine and caring. Knowing that she actually CARES about me as a person and my true well being has been something that has carried me through some hard times. She is very reliable and available for my needs. Ann has been my only therapist, and I do not see that changing anytime soon! I credit Ann's realistic approach and support with much of my success during recovery.
Christine is wonderful! Following a meal plan was something that was extremely difficult for me for a long time. Christine was always patient and understanding with me. I never left an appointment overwhelmed because she gave me realistic expectations to set me up for success. She is very knowledgeable not only about nutrition, but also about eating disorders. She has helped me gain a greater understanding of my nutritional and physiological needs.
Ann is a compassionate and amazing professional. Her intelligence, work experience, and empathy allow her to go above and beyond for her clients. I am truly blessed to have found her
She doesn't have shiny wings, and I didn't have to search the universe to find her. And I don't really like everything she says to me, but I know she is looking out for me and is my guide to healing. It's Ann!!!! THANKS!!!