The issue presented here is based on my work and study of the psychotherapeutic process of mostly gay men and what the main issues that they face are which need our attention in the therapeutic relationship.
Initially not all people who visit a psychotherapist and face an eating disorder will come to therapy with the eating disorder in mind. Some might need help with stress levels, medical issues that cause anxiety or others with any issue at all which will be more urgent at the present moment.
This woman was facing a crisis in her life as a survivor of cancer as well as surviving a betrayal from her partner in ways that are not of interest to us here. She was feeling lost and vulnerable and I was under the impression that she had lost the earth below her feet – she no longer knew who she was…
That client was referred to me by a colleague. He wanted coaching in order to do some “everyday practice” in order to keep and improve his skills. He had finished a psychotherapeutic relationship and wanted some coaching sessions on the side.