Finding a therapist that deals with Body Integrity Identity Disorders (BIID) and actually knows what they are talking about is somewhat difficult. Before trekking on a search for the perfect therapist, a patient should always make out clear expectations of what they want in a therapist and always keep realistic expectations. Remembering that BIID is a fairly newly recognized disorder should always be in the forefront of a client’s mind. Not all therapists are versed in this disorder. but some are willing to learn right along with the patient. One type of therapy is not necessarily more productive than another. What makes therapy successful is when both the therapist and the patient find a mutual respect and understanding of one another. Liking each other and feeling comfortable is also an important factor. Before deciding on a therapist, it is always recommended to look at the level of education that the therapist has. Always look at the credentials and certifications that the therapist holds in the state of residence.
After finding a therapist, it may be hard to lay everything out on the table all at once. Most clients who are suffering from BIID have feelings of shame and humiliation and have no idea how to bring up the fact that they feel the way that they do. There are various ways to tell a therapist about the problem that the client may be having. One suggestion for telling a therapist about BIID is to basically come out with it full force. Tell the therapist what is expected throughout the session and what the ultimate goals of the sessions that are participated in are. Feeling free to talk about the disorder without judgment may be hard, but a therapist should know how to handle the situation. The only way to achieve anything from any of the sessions is to be one hundred percent open and honest with the therapist. This professional is there to help better the quality of life of an individual through coping and life skills. If the patient feels as though there is a negative reaction from the therapist after revealing the BIID, by all means the patient should find a different therapist. The initial therapist may even be able to recommend someone that deals more regularly with this particular disorder. Keep an open mind when talking to a therapist. The therapist is there to assist the patient in wading through different feelings and situations and to help them gain insight into their disorder.