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
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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