Q & A: When is it preferable to have a female therapist?
A group of 27 eating disorder therapists (22 women and 5 men) were asked this question. Most agreed that a female therapist might be preferable under the following conditions: when a client specifically asks for a female therapist, requests a feminist approach to treatment (and no other type of therapy), or has a history of sexual abuse by her father (but not her mother), or has specific body image concerns.
Reprinted with permission from Eating Disorders Recovery Today
Spring 2003 Volume 1, Number 4
©2003 Gürze Books
Dr. Gnap website editor eatingdisordersrecoverytoday.com. Dr. Gnap is a family practice physician and behavioral medicine specialist in suburban Chicago. Dr. Gnap developed the Inner Control™ Program in 1970 and has worked with thousands of people to improve and correct medical, emotional, behavioral and learning problems including performance.