October 13th, 2006

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Do you think therapists with a personal experience with an ED is beneficial? Or do you think such a subjective understanding of the issue taints their professional judgement? I'm assuming most people here will say it will be beneficial. However, I'm a psych major who has taken clinical psychology (yeah, shut up:/), and I know that a personal understanding can strongly bias your actions/intentions/motivation no matter what your training has been. That's why it is so important for you to not mention any personal experiences in your grad school application. Schools are very wary on people who have mental issues themselves. I really want to hear both sides of the argument. I'm assuming most people here will say it's beneficial. What about academia? Will their subjectivity affect their research? One of my therapists from IOP told me after a few sessions that she used to be a compulsive eater. At first I felt a "connection" with her, even though I'm bulimic. But knowing that for some reason...I don't know, just doesn't settle with me. The one I've recently worked with did not seem to get it at all. But I also had other reasons to not trust her.

Anyway, I know it's so easy to say that yes, it's better to have a personal experience. I think that too, but I want to try and see the other side's arguments. In what ways to you think it will be harmful for the patient?