The Therapeutic Relationship
Through a positive therapeutic SSCM relationship with an ED professional or ‘coach’, the person with the eating disorder is more likely to stick a treatment plan. The relationship can be seen as a collaborative partnership between the therapist and the person with the eating disorder, who is considered an expert in their own care. Through this partnership, an exploration of practical steps is used to initiate change in daily life. This is done in an organised manner with manageable time-framed strategies towards agreed-to specific behavioural goals. With this said, flexibility must be applied when needed.
The therapist provides a sense of hope, along with consistency, reassurance, encouragement, and patience. Ultimately, sessions aim to help individuals reach their fullest potential in life.