I received the following thoughtful response to Carolyn's post, dated 11/8/07:
Caroline, you wrote: "The key, for me, is that although there are guidelines, at some point we also have to trust the things that we know. . . . I do my best to keep true to my profession and my humanness at the same time." I almost agree with you wholeheartedly, and now we have evidence based scientific research to back up the use of our humanity in our practices. Appropriate boundaries between patient and psychotherapist are essential in any psychotherapy and particularly in the field of eating disorders.