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Oprah Winfrey’s network to tackle eating disorders

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I'm concerned about making patients suffering from eating disorders a source of entertainment. It must be possible to offer "the possibility to see food-based issues in a new light" without exposing vulnerable people to a massive television audience.

In psychotherapy the patient knows she can say just about anything, and her psychotherapist will hold the confidentiality. Statements, actions and expressions that the patient might find shocking and embarrassing after recovery are left to disappear after the fact. She doesn't have reminders because of television reruns or youtube clips. She doesn't get letters from strangers. Her face isn't recognized on the street or on Facebook. She's free to start her new life in recovery unencumbered.

Throughout my career as a psychotherapist I've been privy to many secrets and sensitive information, I've grown more convinced that the work between patient and psychotherapist takes place in a form of sacred space where respect and trust allows the patient to say anything.  Her freedom from fear or judgment is crucial in allowing recovery to build and replace illness. This can't happen when treatment is televised.

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PTC
0 # I have a hard enough time talking, neverPTC 2010-07-28 13:50
I have a hard enough time talking, never mind having to do it in front of a camera. I do think, however, that these people sign up for this sort of stuff. They like to get that pseudo celeb status.
jennix
0 # Oprah will always find a way to get peopjennix 2010-08-25 16:18
Oprah will always find a way to get people to talk about things that are hard to talk about. That's why she's a media-empire unto herself.

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JoannaPoppink First Eating Disorder Psychotherapy Appointment with Joanna Poppink. Here's what happens. https://t.co/qK4RGO3RHF
21hreplyretweetfavorite
JoannaPoppink Dreams: your doorway to eating disorder healing and a meaningful life https://t.co/UY1pO17n8Z
JoannaPoppink Eating Disorder Recovery: Using the language of myth and dream in psychotherapy https://t.co/JZ8mzEVp6I
JoannaPoppink Eating Disorder Recovery, Health and Personal Growth. How Dreams Can Help https://t.co/dz6hFftFFG
JoannaPoppink 12 Discoveries in Early Eating Disorder Recovery https://t.co/1epHf2Tqg7 https://t.co/kcnuJQiRmg

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