How to screen a therapist?
February 1, 2008 5:40 PM Subscribe
FatFilter: Help a morbidly obese woman find a compatible psychologist or therapist.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 30-year-old woman who has weighed upwards of 400 pounds since I was in high school. I have attempted and failed nearly every diet and "way of eating" that's come around, from the healthy to the just plain ridiculous.
I think I would benefit greatly from working with a psychologist to deal with some of the issues that cause me to overeat. The problem is that I would like to look at the obesity as a symptom of the psychological issues - depression, low self-esteem, and a touch of OCD - rather than those issues as a symptom of the obesity. I have tried to work with therapists in the past that focused on dieting and losing weight as a means to combat the depression and raise my self-esteem. However, dieting for me always plunges my self-esteem even lower - I can't love and appreciate the body I'm in while I'm trying to change it, and whenever I'd stop losing, I'd feel even worse about myself than when I started.
I really don't know how to properly screen a therapist to find one that will be helpful for me. What are some possible questions I can ask to try to find a good match? Can I do this over the phone, or do I have to schedule office visits with as many as it takes to find the right one?
Thanks for your help. Throwaway email: firstname.lastname@example.org