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Questions to Ask Your Therapist

Once you have decided on the kind of treatment you want and are ready to make the next step into recovery, visit our Treatment Finder to help you get started in finding treatment.

Ask Yourself...
There will be a number of things you will have to consider when starting on your road to recovery. This list of questions is just a starting point... you can add to it, and omit questions depending on your own personal choices.

    Ask The Therapist...
    The decision you make for yourself in what you want out of therapy will dictate what questions to ask a therapist. This list of questions is just an idea to get you started and things you should think about. You can custom-tailor it to fit your own needs.

Ask Yourself...
What type of therapy are you looking for? i.e. psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, counselor, group, outpatient, inpatient, spiritual, etc.

    Ask The Therapist...
    What is the therapists experience/training? i.e. psychiatrist, psychologist, certified counselor, social worker, etc.

Ask Yourself...
How important is their experience, training and/or open-mindedness to you? Are you looking for a regimented program, or one that is flexible?

    Ask The Therapist...
    Will the therapist try to restrict behavior? Will they allow you to come to therapy if you are still purging, restricting or binging?

Ask Yourself...
Do you wish to discuss food, weight and diet issues in therapy or do you want a nutritionist or dietician to take care of that? Do you want to be "weighed in" during each session or do you wish that be provided by an additional outside method of treatment? (deciding to leave this up to a nutritionist does not mean your therapist will completely avoid the issue - it will need discussing on occasion).

    Ask The Therapist...
    How much time will the therapist spend discussing food, weight and diet issues? Will he or she encourage other forms of treatment as a combined effort in your recovery, and what other services do they provide? i.e. group therapy, nutrition counseling, workshops, etc. How does the therapist feel about organized self-help groups such as OA?

Ask Yourself...
What are your goals for therapy? Are you looking for behavior modification, emotional healing, self-discovery, or self-esteem growth, or do you want a balanced combination of all four (or something completely different)?

    Ask The Therapist...
    What type of approach will the therapist use to help you achieve your goals? Do they believe in the possibility of permanent recovery or that a person is always "recovering?" What can you expect during sessions?

Ask Yourself...
Do you think your therapist needs specific experience with Eating Disorder treatment to accomplish your goals, or is the treatment of psychological and emotional disturbances enough? How important do you think it is that your therapist be open-minded and willing to learn about your specific case of an Eating Disorder? Will you feel more comfortable with someone who has had either little, some, or a great deal of experience with treating Eating Disorders?

    Ask The Therapist...
    How many patients has the therapist treated who have had Eating Disorders and what have their successes been? Do they themselves feel their experience in treating Eating Disorders, or lack of experience, is important and why? How open-minded and willing to learn new things do they think they are (or appear to be)? What other types of emotional disorders have they treated? Can you speak with any of their patients? Does he/she feel there are special traits they have that could be helpful?

Ask Yourself...
What do you want out of your sessions? Do you want your family involved in your treatment and recovery (not everyone wants or needs to have their family involved)? Are you open to the possibility of medication (such as anti-depressants) to help in your recovery?

    Ask The Therapist...
    What can you expect from your therapy sessions and how important does the therapist believe family involvement is (not everyone wants or needs to have their family involved). What are the therapist's opinions of the use of medications, and which ones?

Ask Yourself...
How often do you wish to go to therapy? How important is a flexible schedule to you? Are weekends and/or evening hours important to you? Does your insurance cover your treatment and if not, how will you pay for it? How important is it for you to be able to contact your therapist during the week, outside of sessions?

    Ask The Therapist...
    How often does the therapist wish to meet with you? Do they offer evening and weekend hours? Charge for cancellations? Do they accept insurance payments and with which companies? How will they work payments with you? Will they be available by phone outside of sessions to talk with you and do they charge for this?

Ask Yourself...
How do you feel about hospitalization or in-patient treatment? What role do you wish for your therapist to play should you require or desire either? How do you want your family involved, if at all, in this process?

    Ask The Therapist...
    When and how does the therapist go about requesting hospitalization? Is he/she affiliated with any clinics or hospitals? Will they be available to see you should you go in-patient or become hospitalized?

Ask Yourself...
Do you feel comfortable and like you can trust your therapist?

    Ask The Therapist...
    Does he or she think they would like to work with you?


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