1st Edition

A Psychotherapeutic Understanding of Eating Disorders in Children and Young People Ways to Release the Imprisoned Self

By Jeanne Magagna Copyright 2022
    260 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This important book shows how psychotherapy can address severe eating disorders in children and young people, illustrating the ways an imprisoned self can be released from suffering.

    The book features a range of case studies while addressing core issues such as self-harm, hallucinations and the threat of suicide, as well as related topics such as depression and psychosis. Illustrating the psychological roots to eating disorders, it places therapy within hospital, clinical and multi-disciplinary contexts, as well as displaying how psychoanalytic theory can be applied across various settings and in different teams.

    Written by an eminent author in the field, this will be a key text for anyone wishing to understand eating disorders in children from a psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic dimension.

    1. The Theatre of the Mouth  2. Ways of Assessing Children with Severe Eating Difficulties  3. Individual Therapy in the Context of a Multidisciplinary Eating Disorder Team  4. Family Therapy with a Boy with Eating Disorders  5. The Eye Turned Inward: Psychotic Anxieties Underlying Some Eating Disorders  6. Suicidal and Self-harm Ideation Accompanying Eating Disorders  7. Pervasive Retreat: ‘I didn't want to die but I had to’  8. The Imprisoned Self


    Jeanne Magagna, PhD, is a child, adult and family psychotherapist trained at the Tavistock Clinic and former Head of Psychotherapy Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She currently teaches for the Centro Studi Martha Harris Tavistock Model trainings in Florence and Venice, Italy and is publishing and working internationally.

    "There is no doubt that this book will be of immense value to those working in this challenging area – inspiring us to reach into ourselves and out to our patients with enhanced capacity for understanding, attunement and patience for the long and arduous journey required to bring them back into relatedness and out of their imprisonment under the tyranny of the omnipotent self." - Susan Kegerreis, British Journal of Psychotherapy