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Worth seeing a non-specialized counsellor for Eating Disorder?

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    Is it worth seeing a counsellor although they don’t specialize and don’t have much experience with Eating Disorder and Self Harm?

    I have been to the school counsellor in the hopes of getting help for my ED and SH (mainly ED). She doesn't specialize in ED. Sometimes I find it embarrassing to talk to her about it because she doesn't specialize in ED, and I feel so ashamed. I'm always scared of telling her something very embarrassing, gambling in return that I will get help for it.

    Is it worth keep going to see her? It has helped a little when I saw her weekly, but I mainly 'stopped' my behaviours because I got so embarrassed and ashamed of telling her about it.

    Does anyone have any experience with this?

    Don't necessarily need a specialist in eating disorder or self harm as long as they have some experience and enough knowledge to not cause more damage. I think if it is creating a barrier for you, then it is important to you to have a specialist and so you should seek one out. The therapy isn't going to work if you feel to ashamed to open up

    in my experience it hasn't helped, but that may have been because my non-specialised counsellor was rubbish and thought that my depression and anxiety could be cured by "going out". I would at least give it a try first if it's all you have access to right now, and if it doesn't work and it's doing nothing for you, then you could look for a specialist!

    there's no reason a non-specialist can't still give you a lot of help and support with an eating disorder - they will still have heard all of this before and will still have a lot of knowledge
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