Food for Thought: Perspectives on Eating Disorders

Food for Thought: Perspectives on Eating Disorders

by Nina Savelle-Rocklin


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Food for Thought offers fresh psychoanalytic insights into treating clients with eating disorders. In lively and jargon-free language, Nina Savelle-Rocklin breaks down the psychoanalytic approach to give practitioners and general readers alike a deeper understanding of the theory and effective treatment of eating disorders. Those living with eating disorders often use food to express their inner feelings, and Savelle-Rocklin illustrates the importance of the therapeutic relationship in uncovering the nature of these internal emotions, and formulating them into words. Through an intensive and mutual process, clients can begin to understand the language of the eating disorder, identify and work through its underlying conflicts, ultimately eliminating symptoms, relieving distress, and transforming the way they relate to themselves and others. Thoughtful and highly engaging, Food for Thought provides invaluable methods for practitioners treating patients with eating disorders to achieve lasting change and true healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442246027
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/30/2016
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nina Savelle-Rocklin, PsyD, is a Los Angeles-based psychoanalyst who specializes in weight, food, and body image issues. A recognized expert on eating disorders, she also writes an award-winning blog, Make Peace With Food, hosts a popular podcast, Win the Diet War with Dr. Nina, and offers “food for thought” on her video series, The Dr. Nina Show. 

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part I Background 1

1 Prevalence and Common Misconceptions 3

2 Overview 17

Part II Origins 47

3 Object Hunger 49

4 Symbolic Representation 59

5 Body Language 69

6 The Wish-Fear Dilemma 83

7 An Unlaid Ghost 93

Part III Treatment 107

8 On the Couch 109

9 Dreams 135

10 Common Impasses and Disruptions 145

11 A Consideration of Hate and Love 161

References 169

Index 183

About the Author 191

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