Eating Disorder Counseling in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR

Eating Disorder Counseling Vancouver WA

Finding an eating disorder counselor in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR can be an overwhelming task. Many people use Google Search or Psychology Today to find a counselor, but even with the help of those you may still find yourself with options galore!

Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA are beautiful cities that celebrate diversity. However, just because variety and individuality are celebrated, that doesn’t mean you may not struggle with accepting yourself. If you are looking for a counselor that specializes in eating disorders, body image, and self-image – I’d like to help you.

How do you find the right eating disorder counselor?

When it comes to getting help for an eating disorder here is what the research says is important: specialization and relationship. Does the counselor specialize in eating disorders and do you feel like you could connect with and trust this counselor?

Specializing in Eating Disorder Counseling

General practitioner doctors are excellent; they can help with common ailments, are generally easy to get into, and are often very good diagnosticians. However, if you have a problem with your heart you wouldn’t go to your GP, you would go to a cardiologist. Well, eating disorders are a specialty area too and when it comes to treatment, it is vital that the counselor has the right knowledge and training.

Eating disorders are complex, life-threatening, tricky, and at times manipulative mental health disorders. Having a specialized counselor to help you uncover the eating disorder completely, while building up and repairing your healthy self, will help you in your goal of recovery.

How do you know if the counselor will be a good fit?

After narrowing down the long list of counselors by region, and then specialty, you could still be left with quite a list. Now what? Use the counselors’ website, blog, and free consultations to get to know him or her better to help determine if the fit could be good for you.

Some counselors will have videos posted on their websites. These short videos can be an excellent way to get a feel for the counselor!

Many counselors offer a free 15-minute phone consultation. During the phone calls you should have time to tell the counselor what you are looking for, find out about the counselors’ philosophy and style, and ask questions related to scheduling and cost.

What’s Next?

I hope this helps you find the right counselor in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. If you are still feeling stuck, please call me at 503-610-0641 for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I’d like to hear what is happening and hopefully direct you to the right person. If you are looking for help with an eating disorder, body image disturbance, or self-image, you can look to see ways I can help here.

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Tamara Duarte

Tamara Duarte is a counselor, author, speaker, and activist. Her private practice, Get Centered Counseling in Vancouver WA, helps women with food and body issues learn to love themselves, their body, their life, and their relationships. Her life’s work is steeped in personal experience, having fifteen years in recovery for anorexia, in addition to being a breast cancer survivor. An up and coming force in the counseling community, Tamara has been published in a textbook called Treatment Strategies for Substance and Process Addictions, and has sat on a panel at the American Counseling Association Conference, where she spoke to her peers on strategies and tools to use with clients struggling with eating disorders. Having a deep, personal understanding of what it takes to recover from this condition, she seeks to be an example to those she treats, to let them know that recovery is possible. Currently developing a podcast which addresses the cultural issues that promote body shame, self-esteem issues and eating disorders, Tamara lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband and best friend, Adam, enjoying life to the fullest with their two beautiful children, Jacob and Chloe.