Blogging is public and psychotherapy is private. Sharing my knowledge with you is a challenge.
My professional learning is grounded in theory based on books, lectures, seminars and certificate programs. But my deep knowing and empath comes from my intimate meetings with courageous and determined people who have given me their trust. The work takes place in what I consider sacred space.
I think the healing work can only be successful if the time and space my patients and I share is impenetrable to others and solid for us.
So please understand, when I give examples I am describing people who are not and never have been patients. I am creating a fictitious person who represents what I have seen and heard over many years of being in the field of eating disorder recovery.
What I say in these blogs is as true as I know truth to be. At the same time I will be honoring the confidentiality of my patients - past and present.
I hope you understand and can appreciate this aspect of my blog.
Joanna Poppink, MFT, private practice psychotherapist, E-mail for free telephone consultation.
Book: Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder