Recently, on the Academy of Eating Disorders listserv, someone posted a reference for an article regarding the ideal characteristics for a clinician treating eating disorders, from the clients' perspective. I am waiting patiently to receive my copy of the journal, but thought this would be an interesting question to throw out to those of you who have participated in any type of eating disorder treatment.
I will confess, I tried to collect this same data. Sort of. About 18 months ago, I was training a group of therapists in eating disorder treatment, and decided to see if I could get our patients to anonymously tell us what they found most helpful about our approach, so then I could share this with the therapists-in-training. This was not a high-tech, experimental design, unfortunately. I put an empty tissue box in our waiting room, with a sign above it, asking for patients to put in their answers. It was a miserable failure.
I did my best to not take it personally.
So, I could speak to what we think works well in interacting with our clients, but reality is that we are biased by our own beliefs, and our clients are somewhat biased by their experience with us. As this blog moves along, of course, you will begin to see our views and beliefs on what has worked with the patients with whom we work. But first, we are interesting in your thoughts....
So, what characteristics have been important to you in your treatment providers?
I hope this does not become another empty tissue box. That would be so embarrassing! Though perhaps not as embarrassing as this.