014 Fighting Anorexia – Counseling

by Anne-Sophie

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In this episode of Fighting Anorexia, I talk about how much I have missed my time of reflection and the dialogue between myself and my therapist. I continue to share how I have struggled to find the right counselor for me and how important it is to find a therapist you feel comfortable with.
Therapy is a key of getting better.
And So Much More!

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Jo Kay December 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Hi Anne-Sophie
Is this the best place to leave comment/feedback or do you prefer an email to your feedback@ address?
I thought that leaving comment on here might be better cos then other people suffering and struggling might take something useful from it.
Another great podcast :)
I’m 39 and have been struggling with food issues for 24yrs since the age of 15. I’ve seen so many therapists, been in inpatient, outpatient, daypatient…but actually mostly for depression as i just was never ready to address the food issues properly, and would always skirt around the edges…it was just too terrifying a subject to look at. Everyone knew it was an issue, but my weight never dropped dangerously low and i never felt like anyone ever took me seriously.
I started seeing a psychologist last January, after, well, i spose it was a relapse really. I spent 12yrs taking laxatives and diuretcs, then 10years of massive weight fluctuations only taking a few lax when coming out of a depression, and then last year everything started to escalate again and unfortunatley i’m back on the rollercaster of laxatives 3/4 times per week.
The lady i now see every week..sometimes twice, is just incredible. She couldn’t be more different to the others i’ve seen over the years..she is compassionate, kind, warm, maternal..but soooo very experienced, knowledgeable and patient. She really knows her stuff and it does freak me out sometimes, and i feel so terribly exposed…but she knows me more than anyone ever has, she has so much insight and i do believe she genuinelly wants to help me. She is very holistic in her approach, using mindfulness sometimes, and is just so down to earth…when so many people i’ve previously seen had such immensely strong boundaries that i just could not connect with them and was very intimidated.
Finding a therapist that you click with is absolutely vital, and the relief that comes with the knowledge that “he/she is the one”..is immense.
In the UK, many people see somebody on the NHS but then you don’t have any choice really in who you see, and if you don’t get on with them then it’s usually assumed that it’s your problem..which is very difficult and you’re left with the choice of either continuing on seeing somebody that you don’t feel comfortable with or trust..or nobody at all!
I get some disability benefits, thankfully, that allow me to afford to see my therapist. I just feel so lucky to have found her…but it’s such a scary process…but she can see that, she knows me well now and is gentle as well as direct when she needs to be.

Sorry to ramble…again, lol!
I want to give you feedback as you’re podcasts are so great..but do tell me if this is the best place to leave it, or if you’d prefer to be emailed.
Have a wonderful Sunday.
Warm Wishes
Jo xx

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Anne-Sophie December 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Dear Jo
This is the perfect place to leave your feedback. So many readers will benefit from your wisdom.
Thank you again for being so open and honest.
I am thrilled for you and the fact that you found YOUR therapist. She actually sounds a lot like mine. 😀
It is important for sufferers to know that it may take many attempts when you are searching for the right therapist. I have to admit that I had lost hope after not “clicking” with so many different counselors. But there is ALWAYS hope and we should never feel bad for moving on to a new counselor. I know that this is hard but it is worth it.

I will keep you in my thoughts and I hope you keep posting and commenting!
Xoxo

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