Battling Our Bodies: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Body Images

How often do you look in the mirror and say “If I could just lose ten pounds, then I would be happy”? Unfortunately, the majority of American women and girls are dissatisfied with their bodies, and many take extreme measures in an attempt to change their bodies. For example, one study found that 63% of…

Team Up for Teens: Guidelines for Treating Adolescents with Eating Disorders

Author:  Michael E. Berrett, PhD When approaching the important and humbling task of treating teenagers with eating disorders, it is important to understand: The urgency about this adolescent epidemic, The basic developmental needs which are the foundation of treatment, The differences in treating adolescent vs. adult populations, and General and basic principles for treating eating-disordered…

Social Support: The Cradle for Growth and Recovery with Eating Disorders

Author:  Michael E. Berrett, PhD It was 1970. I learned at a young adolescent age to appreciate the value of support. I remember well my teacher, Mr. Monson, and his tall lanky frame, his worn black flood pants, his shortsleeved white shirt and thin black tie. I remember most his gentle kindness to a longhaired,…

Experiential Art as Therapy for Women Suffering with Eating Disorders

Author: Kathleen Slade Hofer, MS TRS Art can be used as a powerful therapy to help a woman recover from an eating disorder. In the process of creating her own art, she must participate in her own therapy, and thereby her own recovery. The initial commitment to paper is also a commitment to the recovery…

Avoiding Avoidance And Other Antidotes To Low Self-Esteem

Introduction I write this article as one having great interest in self-esteem and the impact of avoidance on one’s sense of self. This interest has come from personal life experience growing up and professional experience as a clinician working with many different kinds of clients who have struggled with poor self-esteem. I write this article…

The Neglected Addiction: Binge Eating

Author:  Paul Harper, PhD Mary is 47, lonely, socially phobic about relationships, and weighs 525 lbs. She is constantly dieting, having tried numerous diet plans. She is obsessed with thoughts of food. She reports hearing a voice in the back of her mind that continually tells her to eat. When she is not dieting she…

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa – Diagnosis & Treatment Guide for Professionals

  A POTENTIAL SAFETY NET Medical Doctor, Minister/Clergy, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, School Nurse, Dietitian, Dentist, Orthodontist, Social Worker, Teacher (junior high through college), School Administrator, Athletic Coach, School Counselor, Dance Teacher, Human Resources/Personnel Manager, Health Club Owner/Manager, Professional Counselor. If you are a member of one of these professions, you regularly work with individuals who are…