Wow, do the New York Times gods read my blog and respond accordingly?
I really like what the author says here:
Many patients need an aggressive therapist who prods them to face what
they find uncomfortable: change. They need a therapist’s opinion, advice
and structured action plans. They don’t need to talk endlessly about
how they feel or about childhood memories. A recent study
by the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland found that
“active, engaging and extroverted therapists” helped patients more
quickly in the short term than “cautious, nonintrusive therapists.”
I think R probably falls somewhere in the middle, as he definitely sets goals and is very behavior-oriented, but I've also somehow been able to get away without making a whole lot of progress food/weight-wise.
Thoughts? How long have people been in therapy, and how did you know when it was time to call it quits? I suppose eating disorders would qualify as "severe psychological disorders," as the author says, that require years to manage. Maybe I'm just being impatient.
I swear I do other things besides read the New York Times.