This book will help therapists understand and treat patients suffering from mild to dangerous forms of eating disorders as well as other compulsions and addictions, such as alcoholism and erotic attachments. The chapters help therapists think creatively about these types of patients, and to see the effects of treatment. The problems that arise in therapy are explored in essays about dissociation, self-regulation, self-destructive behavior, enactment, and other clinical issues.
This is a marvelous collection; its important insights continue to inspire and inform. It challenges overly simplistic understandings of the deep human needs and profound psychic pain embodied in people’s struggles with eating disorders and addictions. It reminds us how this pain is compounded when it goes unaddressed and unrecognized. And it provides clinicians across disciplines with creative ways to think anew about how we can be there for our patients.—
About the Editors:
Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D., F.P.P.R., is co-founder and co-director of Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Service, and is supervisor of psychotherapy, teaching faculty, William Alanson White Institute.
Catherine Stuart, Ph.D., is co-founder and co-director of Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Service, and supervising analyst, teaching faculty, William Alanson White Institute. Dr. Stuart is also on faculty at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health.