Characteristics of an ideal psychotherapist for eating-disordered patients

Arnold E. Andersen, Patricia Westmoreland Corson

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Psychotherapy is an essential component of the treatment of eating disorders. A fully competent ideal psychotherapist needs a body of knowledge; personality characteristics of nonpossessive warmth and perseverance; training in scientific, manual-based psychotherapy; and experience, including supervision. The formal discipline of the therapist is less important than are these qualifications. Ideal means fully competent, not perfect. An ideal therapist is a crucial component in the treatment of eating-disordered patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Psychotherapy
Eating
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Feeding and Eating Disorders

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Characteristics of an ideal psychotherapist for eating-disordered patients. / Andersen, Arnold E.; Corson, Patricia Westmoreland.

In: Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2001, p. 351-358.

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Andersen, Arnold E. ; Corson, Patricia Westmoreland. / Characteristics of an ideal psychotherapist for eating-disordered patients. In: Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2001 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 351-358.
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