THE PROCESS OF COUNSELING
Introduction Nutrition counselors who treat patients with eating disorders (EDs) benefit from understanding the dynamics of counseling this complex population. As an overview, we have included the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position statement’s outline of the clinical responsibilities of nutrition counselors who treat patients with EDs (see Box 3.1; Ozier & Henry, 2011). The rest of this chapter
BOX 3.1 CODE OF ETHICS FOR NUTRITION COUNSELORS
delves deeply into the counseling process, highlighting the ethics of counseling and the management of psychotherapeutic issues that often arise during the nutrition counseling process. We offer guidelines about co-morbid illnesses that frequently affect patients with EDs and how these illnesses impact nutrition counseling. Finally, we include a section on body-image disturbance, as this feature is a diagnostic criterion of EDs and is intertwined with the food, weight, and shape issues that are in the scope of practice for the nutrition counselor.