Finding an Eating Disorder Therapist
Eating disorders are extremely complex problems that require very specialized treatment. Treatment requires an in-depth understanding of the physiological, nutritional, and psychological issues that contribute to, and result from, the eating disorder behaviors. Appropriate treatment requires a complete treatment team, including a therapist, dietitian, and at least one medical doctor. Each member of the treatment team should have experience and specialized knowledge regarding eating disorder treatment, and each must be willing to work with the other providers to create a team approach.
Key Questions When Seeking an Eating Disorder Therapist
When interviewing potential therapists, consider the following questions:
- Does the therapist have dietitians and doctors with whom he or she works closely? Does he or she meet with them regularly?
- Does the therapist understand the physiology of eating disorders? Does he or she know the data from the "Keys Study"?
- What specialized training did the therapist receive with regards to eating disorder treatment?
- For treatment of adolescents, is the therapist trained in Family Based Treatment?
- Is the therapist trained in CBT - Enhanced?