What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Treating Eating and Weight Issues

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Therapists often encounter clients with mild to moderate eating and weight issues, less severe than anorexia, bulimia, or binge-eating disorder. They emerge as minor themes that lurk behind major presenting problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, and marital discord; and therapists who aren't looking for them may miss opportunities.

Koenig’s book is written for practitioners who lack expertise in this area, and provides clinical strategies and therapeutic ...

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Overview

Therapists often encounter clients with mild to moderate eating and weight issues, less severe than anorexia, bulimia, or binge-eating disorder. They emerge as minor themes that lurk behind major presenting problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma, and marital discord; and therapists who aren't looking for them may miss opportunities.

Koenig’s book is written for practitioners who lack expertise in this area, and provides clinical strategies and therapeutic techniques to explore clients’ feelings about food and their bodies to get at the root of these issues. It includes descriptions of how food and weight problems surface in conjunction with psychological and medical conditions, as well as how they create difficulties in various life stages and situations. Packed with insights and practical tips, this unique book teaches clinicians how to help clients make peace with food and the scale and balance nutrition and exercise in a healthy lifestyle.

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Editorial Reviews

Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment & Prevention
[M]asterfully accomplishes what Koenig intended: to provide the generalist practitioner with specific techniques, insights and strategies…and to help those clients achieve a healthier relationship with food and Self….an approachable, succinct compilation of clinically pertinent information.
The Family Journal
[A]n excellent choice for novice counselors….a helpful review of the basic information that all mental health clinicians should be aware of.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705584
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/21/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,028,380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed., is an expert on the psychology of eating—the why and how, not the what of it. She lives and practices in Sarasota, FL.

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Table of Contents


Preface xi Introduction 1
1 A Comprehensive Approach to Treating Eating, Weight, and Body Image Issues 11
2 How Clients Express Themselves Through Food 32
3 The Biology of Eating and Weight 51
4 Health and Medical Problems 70
5 Personality Traits and Family Dynamics 83
6 Assessment 105
7 Clinical Disorders 127
8 Life-Cycle Issues 139
9 Nutrition and Fitness 166
10 Transference and Countertransference 185
11 Treatment Options 202 References 229 Index 233
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