If you are currently looking for support and want to find an eating disorder therapist who can work safely with you through recovery, here are some of our top tips to consider.
September 7, 2021
Founder and Lead Clinician, Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, Registered Nutritional Therapist, and Master Practitioner of Eating Disorders.
After years of study and working with clients, I founded Natural Food Therapy to provide a multidisciplinary approach to eating disorders that centres around you. At Natural Food Therapy, we focus on the individual, as each person’s experience is completely unique.
Recovery is possible. And you deserve it.
Author: Sasha Paul- Eating disorder therapist
If you are looking for support with an eating disorder and would like to find an eating disorder therapist to work safely with you through recovery, here are some top tips to consider:
1. Ask the eating disorder therapist about their training in the field. The best eating disorder specialists are trained in a form of therapy, nutrition and will have recognised qualifications for specific eating disorder therapy. This can be found on their website or information page.
2. Find out what approach they use to eating disorder recovery. Finding an eating disorder specialist is important so that you find the right practitioner as well as the right recovery programme suited to you. Your therapist should be able to outline clearly the process and type of work they will do with you.
3. Ask the eating disorder therapist if they have a personal experience of suffering from an eating disorder. Many in this field do, making them extremely passionate about the work. Doing this can be incredibly supportive and will allow your therapist to have a much deeper understanding of the illness. It is important to note that it will only be helpful if they themselves have truly recovered. They should be able to talk about this openly and honestly to you.
4. Another thing to consider is what books they can recommend to you. If they are a specialist, they will have recommendations they can share. Any eating disorder specialist will have a bookshelf filled with recovery books and textbooks. Keep reading to see our top book recommendations below.
5. Ask the therapist if they have any specialist training in trauma therapy. For example at Natural Food Therapy we use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programme (NLP) to safely work with trauma. Not everyone who suffers with an eating disorder will associate themselves with having experienced past trauma, however trauma comes in many forms. Through recovery we often need to work through difficult experiences and memories as safely and gently as possible.
6. After speaking to the practitioner ask yourself the following:
Do you feel understood by them?
Did they communicate well with you, or just ask you multiple questions?
Did they take notes and want to learn about your personal experience of the illness?
Would you feel safe and comfortable working with them through recovery?
7. Ask the eating disorder therapist what happens after you finish your time with them.
Does the programme or therapy have an end date?
If so, what happens at the end?
Our clients gradually reduce their support with us when they are ready, and then have the option to join The Natural Food Therapy Community. The Community offers you connection with others who are at a similar stage of their recovery. This is so that when you are ready to be part of a support system, it’s there for you.
Overall, we hope these tips have helped if you are looking for support with an eating disorder. You deserve to take your time, make an informed decision and find the right eating disorder specialist for you.
A compelling, true story that recounts the author’s biggest challenge of her life; to beat anorexia. This is particularly helpful for anyone affected by eating disorders and for those who want to gain some insight into what a loved one may be going through.
Hope with Eating Disorders is a practical, supportive guide for anyone helping or caring for someone with an eating disorder.
Inspiring, compassionate and filled with practical exercises to help you break up with your own personal eating disorder. This book combines the author’s own insights and experiences of an eating disorder with a therapist’s guide for success. A must- read to support you in your recovery journey.
A supportive book sharing insights into why binge eating happens and how to find peace with food.
A self-help book with workbook style exercises to support those recovering from anorexia. Aimed at supporting recovery to feel less overwhelming and provide readers with the skills they need to stay well in the long- term.
Essential for carers to gain the skills needed to support those suffering from an eating disorder. This book enables the reader to draw on evidence- based research, the authors’ personal experiences and practical support skills.
For more resources take a look at the National Centre for Eating Disorders and Beat website. Here you will find a wide selection of easy to read, must- have books to support you through eating disorder recovery.