How to Choose an Eating Disorder Therapist

Eating disorders are usually very complex. You may have developed this problem as a way to cope with difficult feelings of stress, anger, or loneliness.Eating disorders have a variety of causes. Generally, these disorders involve biological, psychological, and social causes. It is important that you find an eating disorder therapist that you  with whom you feel comfortable.

In looking for treatment for yourself or your child, it is important that you look characteristics of the treatment provider or facility that work for you in order to get the quality help you need.

 Critical Factors in Choose an Eating Disorder Therapist 

Where does the Referral come from?

The best referral usually comes from a trusted friend. Many people you are acquainted with may know a psychotherapistst. The therapist may work with eating disorders or be able to recommend someone specialize in this area. Usually, when a referral comes from an a friend or an acquaintance, the therapist is someone they feel positive about.
Another alternative is to contact a medical school or hospital that you respect. If you have high regard for the institution, the referrals will usually be well qualified.

Training and Experience of the Psychotherapist

The most important factor in choosing an eating disorder therapist is the therapist experience with eating disorders. Specifically how many years of experience does the therapist have in general and how long has eating disorders been one of the therapist’s specialties. Below are some of the questions or ideas to have when interviewing eating disorder therapists.

The Therapist Experience and Working Style

The Therapist and Knowing Yourself

If you have not been in therapy before finding the right therapist might take some trial and error. However, to start you can ask yourself some basic questions.

  1. Would you feel more comfortable with a male or female psychotherapist?
  2. Would want someone who is strong and direct or someone who is more gentle and empathetic?
  3.  How does this therapist work with eating disorders?Do you want to do a brief treatment that addresses eating disorder thoughts and behavior? On the other hand, would you prefer a longer-term approach to therapy where you may deal with feelings and underlying issues for the eating disorders?
  4. .Connections with Outside Resources?Since eating disorders are complicated, it is important to find out if the psychotherapist you choose has doctors, nutritionists, and psychiatrists that they work with. On the other hand, if they will communicate the others who are part of your treatment team.

 

Your Feelings and Rapport with the Therapist

The most important aspect of choosing a therapist is how you feel with the therapist. A sense of connection and safety is imperative. I you feel comfortable and not judged, talking  about aspects of your eating disorder will become easy and feelings of shame will drop away. Therapy is also like a laboratory for the outside world. Many people who suffer with eating disorders have difficulty speaking about their needs. It is crucial that you feel safe  safe telling the therapist about aspects of the therapy that make you uncomfortable.  If you do not feel safe, after a seeing the therapist for a while, if you can it can be helpful to discuss your discomfort with your counselor. If you feel too uncomfortable you may want to have another opinion and see if you feel more comfortable with someone else.

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