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What to look for in a good therapist - June 2nd 2014, 09:11 PM

Ok so I don't have the healthiest view on food all the time.

I just spent a month in Ecuador; a large reassurance was that I was removed from situations where I could binge, eat if I wasn't hungry or make unhealthy choices, I was volunteering and hiking a lot too so I figured I would lose weight OR I at least couldn't do any damage while there. So it allowed me to relax. But towards the end of the trip I started having a lot of snacks (and mostly unhealthy ones cause I didn't have access to healthy foods!) and we had KFC (yuck!) so a few times I felt so gross like I wanted to puke, which I hated because I was doing so good.

Then my friend was sort of joking (but actually being really serious) that I needed help cause I was hungry but we were at the mall and I wanted subway but while she was in the bathroom I went to tim horton's and god coffee and a small strudle thing (it was really small) and had that instead and threw out the coffee when it was half done (mostly cause I like my coffee black and tim hortons coffee is gross cause it's cheap so i put milk and sugar in and the sugar in coffee is nasty!). I went there cause the sub would have to many calories and to much fat and I am trying to get back on track and I couldn't let it go that it was sooo unhealthy and gross (even though it's probably not THAT bad to have one six inch sub)

And my friend was sort of rolling her eyes and teasing that my attitude towards food is unhealthy and that I need help. But I know she meant it and that shes right and I HAVE been planning to see someone.

But I don't know what to look for in a therapist???




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Re: What to look for in a good therapist - June 2nd 2014, 09:36 PM

Try getting referrals from you primary doctor or people you know and do research. Although eating disorders are in the spectrum of mental illness, a lot of therapists don't really know what they're doing. Eating disorders are a complex matter and you need to find someone who specializes in it.

I've had many therapists and only one was an eating disorder specialist. I didn't like her, but she did understand my ed. All the other therapists, including my current one, know that it's unhealthy but they don't know what to say and sometimes say the wrong thing, that actually fuels the disorder. And if you're like me and have multiple mental illnesses, they can push the eating disorder to the back since they really don't know what to do.

I'd try to stick to specialists if possible.


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Re: What to look for in a good therapist - June 2nd 2014, 10:00 PM

I do, I also have ADHD and (undiagnosed) issues with anixety, particularly around perfectionism




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Re: What to look for in a good therapist - June 2nd 2014, 11:00 PM

The ED specialist should be well versed in anxiety/OCD. I'm not too sure about ADHD. I know there are specialists for it. you'll be able to find someone who has knowledge in everything you need. Especially if you live in a city.


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