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Disordered Eating:
Working With and Through the Body/Mind of Patient and Therapist
With Yeva Feldman, Morit Heitzler and Susie Orbach

Saturday 30 November 2019 - London

This conference will be grounded in the most up to date thinking on eating problems, as well as offering some substantial and inspiring assistance to those working with this challenging client group. Traditionally, the term "eating disorder" is a medical expression encompassing the various psychiatric diagnoses referred to in the DSM 5. Our speakers will problematise the diagnostic criteria for a wide range of eating issues (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Pica, Rumination Disorder and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) to help us navigate this complex interaction between emotional issues and food. Whether these symptoms can best be understood as an illness, as an expression of relational pain or a response to the demands of our times will be considered. We will examine what makes one eating disorder pathway more compelling than another for the patient/client, and why.

Overall, it might be argued, to have an eating disorder is to have an illness which causes a great deal of damage to the body, mind and soul. Most clients do not understand the seriousness of their food issues, and the profound effects these have on their physiology and mental health. Denial of illness and ambivalence about treatment is one of the major symptoms that therapists may be working with as clients normalise their problem. Often they may have co-existing problematic states of mind, such as depression or bi-polar disorder which provide a layer of complexity to the therapeutic work.

Our speakers come from diverse clinical backgrounds including psychoanalytic psychotherapy, attachment-based psychotherapy, body psychotherapy, dance movement psychotherapy and nutrition. We hope to bring a broad range of ideas for our participants to consider in their clinical work. The day will begin with talks followed by workshops in the afternoon in which you can choose from an embodied, movement based approach or an attachment-based approach with contributions from a nutrition expert.


Yeva Feldman
Yeva Feldman is a Gestalt and Dance Movement Psychotherapist with over 20 years' experience working in mental health settings. She specialises in eating disorders. She has developed an embodied relational approach combining words and movement with an emphasis on relational contact. She has presented research on this methodology applied to the treatment of eating disorders and authored a chapter in Payne, H. (Ed.) (2017)... More >>

Morit Heitzler
Morit Heitzler is an experienced relational body psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with a private practice in Oxford. She has been teaching on various training courses in the UK and abroad and regularly leads workshops and groups. Since working both at the Traumatic Stress Service of the Maudsley Hospital and The Oxford Stress and Trauma Centre, Morit has gained experience over many years in working with a wide variety of PTSD symptoms and traumatised clients, including refugees and asylum seekers... More >>

Susie Orbach
Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and writer. She co-founded The Women's Therapy Centre in 1976 and The Women's Therapy Centre Institute, a training institute, in New York in 1981. Her books include Fat is a Feminist Issue, Hunger Strike, On Eating, What's Really Going on here?, Towards Emotional Literacy, The Impossibility of Sex and Bodies.... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Early bird: £100 (SOLD OUT)
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (SOLD OUT)
This event + the online module Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy: £200
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Resource for London
356 Holloway Road
N7 6PA

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
12:45 Lunch break
14:45 Tea
17:00 End