Matthew Tiemeyer

Matthew Tiemeyer
MA, LMHC Blue Harbor Counseling

How did you get started in your career? I began work in a private clinic that specialized in treating those with eating disorders, but initially I was not involved in their treatment. Over time, I was introduced to working with these clients, and I was delighted to find that I enjoyed it immensely. Of course, most with eating disorders are women, which raises the question of what it means to work with a male therapist in these sensitive issues. For some, a male therapist is simply not a good option. For others, there is an opportunity to experience a redemptive therapeutic relationship that challenges wounds that often were inflicted by men. I’m honored to walk with clients in these places.

What advice would you give to someone interested in the eating disorders field?
Your own self-care will be key to being a vibrant resource for your clients. Seek others who work in the field. A supervisor is very important to help in becoming accustomed to the (sometimes dramatic) ups and downs of working with difficult clients, and a solid consultation group is extremely valuable. Apply your knowledge with confidence, while being willing to question what you’ve learned. Beyond this, guard your time outside of work. An exhausted therapist is likely an ineffective one.

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