“Bulimia” Question…what Will Counseling Be Like?

Question by Ignore this.: “Bulimia” question…what will counseling be like?
Okay, so I’ve had something that I guess could be classified as an eating disorder for about six months now. I’ve been eating about 800 calories a day and throwing up everything I eat and exercising twice a day. In total I’ve lost about 30 pounds. (I lost the weight in the first three months and then stopped losing weight.)

My parents found out that I was throwing up and they took the bathroom door away, thinking that would somehow solve the problem. And they grounded me. But it only made it worse. So I started just throwing up in my room in plastic bags and things like that. That’s really disgusting and pathetic, I know.

Anyway, they found out and now they are forcing me to go to counseling for it. I’m really scared because I don’t know what to expect. Also, I am embarrassed because I have a so-called “eating disorder” and I’m not even skinny! I’m really chubby and I’m scared the therapist won’t take me seriously. I am 5’5″ and weight about 135.

What will counseling be like and what are they going to do to help?

Best answer:

Answer by Claire W
I know it’s scary, but in order for this to work, you need to want yourself to get better. It’s going to be a very long road and a scary and dangerous one, if you don’t get help. Talking to a therapist might make a huge difference to how you feel. It might take a little while to get used to, but it feels really good to talk to someone that has no connections really to your family (what you say to them is in confidence, they won’t repeat it to your family unless they’re very concerned) and someone that is experienced in helping people get better.

Good luck, I wish you all the best in the days ahead.

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