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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, Trauma-Informed Approaches to Eating Disorders 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.


  • 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 20 international researchers, medical professionals, and clinicians

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 17, 2018
  • Page Count 386
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826172648
  • EISBN 9780826172655

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 by Michael P. Levine, PhD



Introducing Our Terms


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, Martina Cussino, Chiara Callerame, and Cristina Civilotti

2. Trauma and Eating Disorders: The State of the Art

Johan Vanderlinden and Giovanni Luca Palmisano


3. Recognizing the Territory: The Interaction of Trauma, Attachment Injury, and Dissociation in Treating Eating Disorders

Holly A. Finlay

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

Carolyn Costin


5. The Neurobiology of Trauma and Eating Disorders

Rayane Chami and Janet Treasure

6. What Doctors, Dietitians, and Nutritionists Need to Know

Edward P. Tyson and Carolyn Hodges Chaffee


7. Assessing “Trauma-Driven Eating Disorders”: A Road Map Through the Maze

Pam Virdi and Jackie Nicholls

8. The Preparation Phase

Andrew Seubert

9. Discovering the Power of Movement: Dance/Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Trauma

Susan Kleinman

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

Andrew Seubert

11. Neurofeedback and the Eating Disordered Brain

Amelia McGinnis


12. Interpersonal/Relational Psychodynamic Treatment of Eating Disorders

Jean Petrucelli

13. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

DaLene Forester

14. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eating Disorders

Irene Rovira

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

Andrew Seubert and Robin Shapiro

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

Jeanne Catanzaro, Elizabeth Doyne, and Katie Thompson

17. Structural Dissociation in the Treatment of Trauma and Eating Disorders

Kathleen M. Martin

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

Natasha C.N. Prenn and Jessica K. Slatus

19. Eating Disorders and Hypnosis

G. Trevor Hadfield

20. Energy Psychology in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Phil Mollon

21. Somatic Experiencing: The Body as the Missing Link in Eating Disorder Treatment

Paula Scatoloni

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

Rachel Lewis-Marlow

23. Art Therapy: Images of Recovery

Deborah A. Good and Cynthia “Cyd” Davis-Hubler


24. Recovery and Beyond: Dealing With Triggers and Setbacks

Marnie Davis and Joslyn P. Smith

25. Trauma-Informed Approaches to Body Image Disturbance: A Historical Review for a Holistic Future

Madeline Altabe

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

Michael E. Berrett, Sabree A. Crowton, and P. Scott Richards



Editorial Review(s) 

"For those of us treating or experiencing eating disorders, the gap between research and practice has been a deep dark hole, into which many “cases” have fallen. When trauma - be it relational, emotional, physical, or sexual - is added to the history, this gap is deeper and more daunting than most of us are prepared for, regardless of the breadth of our clinical experience and training, our dedication, and our desire to help our patients. The fields of eating disorders and trauma have desperately needed a book like Trauma-Informed Approaches to Eating Disorders, edited by Andrew Seubert and Pam Virdi. In this volume of 26 chapters by 40 experts versed in trauma and eating disorders, they have created a treasure chest for anyone in the trenches of the combination of these disorders. After explaining the complexity of eating disorders, their intersection with trauma and attachment issues, chapters explain the neurobiology of both conditions, as well as providing information and a clinical framework for medical and nutritional personnel to guide their understanding and interventions. The ensuing chapters provide in depth descriptions of the most recent cutting-edge treatment approaches to complex eating disorders and trauma, including the most up to date research associated with these. The final section examines relapse prevention, approaches to body image, and the importance of spirituality in the ongoing recovery process. If I were in charge of the training of eating disorder and trauma professionals, this exhaustive, thought provoking volume would be mandated reading."

-- Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS

"By far the most comprehensive and practical text on treating Eating Disorders that I have ever seen. Covers many therapy approaches in useful detail. A "must have" book for ED therapists."

-- Graham Taylor, President

"Specializing in both trauma and disordered eating, I purchased Trauma-Informed Approaches to Eating Disorders as soon as it was released, and I have not stopped recommending it to other clinicians. This book offers a comprehensive, evidence-based, multi-faceted perspective to the etiology, neurobiology, cultural factors, and treatment of disordered eating. Trauma-informed clinicians who work with disordered eating at any level will want this on their shelves for years to come!"

-- Laura Kucharski, MA, LMFT, LPC