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.
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.