In and out of Anorexia: The Story of the Client, the Therapist, and the Process Recovery

In and out of Anorexia: The Story of the Client, the Therapist, and the Process Recovery

In and out of Anorexia: The Story of the Client, the Therapist, and the Process Recovery

In and out of Anorexia: The Story of the Client, the Therapist, and the Process Recovery

Synopsis

In the first part of this book, Ayelet describes her personal experiences of having anorexia. Tammie Ronen, her therapist, then outlines the step-by-step progress of the therapy from the professional angle.

Excerpt

We are sitting in the garden, a beautiful tall young woman in her 20s, and an older woman in her 40s. Near each of us there is a little four-month-old baby. We are talking, smiling, and, every so often, leaning toward our infants. A stranger passing by would be impressed by the obviously close friendship between these two women 20 years apart in age. Almost a generation apart, yet we do not feel a gap. We share significant common experiences – of recently being pregnant and having a child. But also, we share many similarities in how we think, look at events, analyze things, demand the best from ourselves and from others we care about, and enjoy our creativity. No one can tell that these two women are, or actually, were, a client and a therapist. Certainly, no one can tell that the younger woman had been hospitalized many times, for many months, because of anorexia, depression, and severely self-destructive behavior.

It is strange what life brings us. An Old Jewish (Yiddish) saying asserts: 'Man plans and God laughs.' I never planned to become involved in the formidable therapeutic encounter with Ayelet, and, in fact, I even tried to avoid it. For many years during Ayelet's adolescence, her parents had unsuccessfully tried to persuade me to treat her. Afraid of the enormous responsibility involved and of the possible need to deal with recurrent hospitalizations, I declined. I thought that a private therapist in a private clinic should not treat a girl with such severe problems. Eventually, however, after the parents . . .

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