How do I get quality professional treatment for my daughter with an eating disorder?
William Anderson Says...
I hate hearing horror stories like this, but I know these things happen. I've seen it. Not all "treatment" is equal. I am so sorry this happened to you.
The good news is that your daughter wants help. That's the first big step. Too bad the professionals there seem to have failed her.
No matter what, you'll need a good Eating Disorders specialist within driving distance to work with for the long term. If you find one now, they can refer you to the best treatment near you, help you with that process, and they'll be there ready to help when she is discharged. Get on the phone and start calling.
You may have to look to a large city and travel some distance every week for sessions. It will be worth it to connect with the right person who has the right knowledge and experience. They will usually have the letters LMHC or LCSW after their name or be a Licensed Psychologist. Look for someone who specializes in Eating Disorders. They will have that fact prominently displayed in their brochure or resume. You can start with Yellow Pages, and don't forget to use your search engines to look for someone close by.
If you are unable to connect, please call my office directly and leave a message. I'll make sure you get hooked up.
However, if your daughter needs to be in the hospital now to be safe, you need to use what you have to keep her safe, even if it is not what you want. Don't wait if you are facing a medical emergency. Go to any hospital ER.
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