Trauma-Informed Approaches to Eating Disorders

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Trauma-Informed Approaches to Eating Disorders

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  • Andrew Seubert NCC, LMHC
  • Pam Virdi MEd, RMN, CPN

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Delivers a proven treatment model for clinicians in all orientations

This unique, hands-on clinical guide examines the significant relationship between trauma, dissociation and eating disorders and delivers a trauma-informed phase model that facilitates effective treatment of individuals with all forms of eating disorders. It describes, step-by-step, a four-phase treatment model encompassing team coordination, case formulation, and a trauma-informed, dissociation and attachment sensitive approach to treating eating disorders.

Edited by noted specialists in eating and other behavioral health disorders, the book examines eating disorders from neurological, medical, nutritional, and psychological perspectives. Dedicated chapters address each treatment phase from a variety of orientations, ranging from EMDR and CBT to body-centered and creative therapies. The book also reveals the effectiveness of a multifaceted, phase model approach. Recognizing the potential pitfalls and traps of treatment and recovery, it also includes abundant psychoeducational tools for the client.

Key Features:

  • Examines eating disorders from neurological, medical, nutritional, and psychological perspectives
  • Highlights the relationship between trauma, dissociation, and eating disorders
  • Maps out a proven, trauma-informed, four-phase model for approaching trauma treatment in general and eating disorders specifically
  • Elucidates the approach from the perspectives of EMDR Therapy, Ego State Therapy, Somatosensory Therapy, Trauma-focused CBT, and many others
  • Provides abundant psychoeducational tools for the client to deal with triggers and setbacks
  • Offers the knowledge and expertise of over twenty international researchers, medical professionals and clinicians.
  • Includes access to continuously updated website with resources, including scripts, books, articles, recordings, treatment facilities, and organizations

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 28, 2018
  • Page Count 440
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826172648

About The Author(s) 

Andrew Seubert, LMHC , NCC, is the co-founder of ClearPath Healing Arts Center in Corning and Burdett, N.Y. A licensed psychotherapist for 35 years, he has an extensive background in Existential-Gestalt Therapy and in music therapy, and provides EMDR consultation and training for clinicians. Andrew specializes in working with trauma, posttraumatic stress, eating disorders and the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy. A passionate and engaging international presenter and workshop facilitator, Andrew and his wife, Barbara, have co-parented a blended family of five and live presently on Seneca Lake, N.Y.

Pam Virdi is an accredited EMDR Consultant, Integrative Psychotherapist, Lecturer and Supervisor who now works full time in private practice with adults, couples and young people in Birmingham, UK. She specialises in the treatment of eating disorders, complex trauma and PTSD. She is an accredited member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and EMDR Europe. Originally trained as a psychiatric nurse, Pam has devoted the last 24 years to the National Health Service (UK) as a specialist psychotherapist and trainer in an Eating Disorder Service in Birmingham.

Table of Contents 





Foreword: Michael Levine, Ph.D.

Overview: Defining Our Terms - Trauma Re-defined and a Phase Model of Trauma- informed Treatment - Andrew Seubert, LMHC, NCC

SECTION I: Overview and Recognizing the Territory


Chapter 1: The Many Faces of Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED), Bulimarexia, and Orthorexia

Maria Zaccagnino, Ph.D., Martina Cussino, Ph.D., Chiara Callerame, Ph.D., & Cristina Civilotti, Ph.D.

Chapter 2: Trauma and Eating Disorders: A Literature Review

Johan Vanderlinden, Ph.D. & Gianluca Palmisano, Ph.D.

SECTION II: Trauma Treatment in Eating Disorders: A Complex Affair


Chapter 3: Recognizing the Territory: The interaction of trauma, attachment injury and dissociation in treating eating disorders

Holly Finlay, LPCC, CEDS, CSP, F.IAEDP

Chapter 4: The Centrality of Presence and the Therapeutic Relationship in Eating Disorders

Carolyn Costin, MEd., MFT, CEDS, FAED

SECTION III: Brain, Body and Eating Disorders


Chapter 5: The Neurobiology of Trauma and Eating Disorders

Rayane Chami, MSc, MBPsS & Janet Treasure, Ph.D.

Chapter 6: What Doctors, Dietitians and Nutritionists Need to Know

E. Tyson, M.D. & Carolyn Hodges-Chaffee, MS, RDN, CEDRD

SECTION IV: The Phase Model – Phases I and II

Introduction Chapter 7: Phase 1: Assessment/Evaluation – A Roadmap Through the Maze

Pam Virdi, MEd, RMN, CPN & Jackie Nicholls, DClin Psy.

Chapter 8: Phase II: Preparation

Andrew Seubert, LMHC, NCC

Chapter 9: Dance/Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS

Chapter 10: The Courage to Feel - Eating Disorders and the Case for Emotions

Andrew Seubert, LMHC, NCC

Chapter 11: Neurofeedback and the Eating Disorder Brain

Amelia McGinnis, LCSW

SECTION V: Approaches to Trauma Processing and Eating Disorders – Phase III


Chapter 12: Interpersonal/ Relational Psychodynamic Treatment of Eating Disorders

Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D.

Chapter 13: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

DaLene Forester, Ph.D.

Chapter 14: Trauma-focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Irene Rovira, Ph.D.

Chapter 15: Ego State/Parts Work in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Andrew Seubert, LMHC, NCC and Robin Shapiro, LICSW

Chapter 16: IFS (Internal Family Systems) and Eating Disorders: The Healing Power of Self-Energy

Jeanne Catanzaro, Ph.D., Katie Thompson, LPC, NCC, CEDS, Elizabeth Doyne, Ph.D.

Chapter 17: Structural Dissociation in the Treatment of Trauma and Eating Disorders

Kathleen Martin, LCSW

Chapter 18: Second Helpings: AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) in the Treatment of Trauma and Eating Disorders

Natasha Prenn, LCSW & Jessica Slatus, LCSW

Chapter 19: Eating Disorders and Hypnosis

G. Trevor Hadfield, MB, BS, AKC, MRCS, LRCP, MFFP, DRCOG, DCH, Adv Dip Clin.Hypn.

Chapter 20: Energy Psychology in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Phil Mollon, Ph.D.

Chapter 21: Somatic Experiencing®: The Body As the Missing Link in Eating Disorder Treatment

Paula Scatoloni, LCSW, CEDS, SEP

Chapter 22: Boats and Sharks: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach to the Treatment of Eating Disorders, and Trauma

Rachel Lewis-Marlow, MS, EdS, LPC, LMBT

Chapter 23: Art Therapy: Images of Recovery

Deborah Good, Ph.D. & Cyd Davis-Huber, LMHC

SECTION VI: Phase IV - Relapse Prevention, Re-evaluation, and Integration


Chapter 24: Recovery and Beyond: Dealing with triggers and setbacks

Marnie Davis, LMHC, CEDS and Joslyn P. Smith

Chapter 25: Trauma-informed Approaches to Body Image Disturbance: A historical review for a holistic future

Madeline Altabe, Ph.D

Chapter 26: Finding Self Again: The Dismantling of Eating Disorder and Trauma Identity

Michael E. Berrett, Ph.D., Sabree A. Crowton, & P. Scott Richards