Trauma and Eating Disorders: from Torment to Transformation and Embodiment
Description: Eating disorders are complex, both in their cause and in their symptomatology. Two crucial areas that are fundamental to understanding and treating these disorders are early trauma and dissociation. We also have the toxic, disembodied virtual culture, to which adolescents are exposed throughout their formative years. This virulent combination may account for the tremendous prevalence of these disorders in young adolescents. Fortunately, we can have direct access to these core issues through body- based awareness therapies, such as Somatic Experiencing. In this lecture, we will examine the role played by early childhood trauma and how this creates a fundamental disconnection of our patients from their sensory-bodies.
Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical & biological physics, and in psychology. He is the author of several best-selling books on trauma and its treatment, as well as a number of articles and contributing chapters to various books on the subject. He is the developer and founder of Somatic Experiencing and is a Senior Fellow and consultant for The Meadows treatment program.
This Intermediate level presentation is designed to help you:
1. Identify key factors which may lead to eating disorders.
2. Discuss awareness-based approaches for these disorders.
3. Discuss the potential role of these therapies in overall treatment programs.