This book presents an overview of the latest psychological knowledge about the application of mindfulness-based interventions in the field of eating disorders. Increasingly, these interventions are used in therapeutic practice. They encourage clients to process their experience fully, as it arises, without judgement. Mindfulness-based approaches, in particular, emphasize the cultivation of moment to moment awareness of thoughts and feelings as well as bodily sensations. In so doing, eating disorders present an ideal context for the development of mindfulness. Indeed, it is in the body that the emotional and relational struggles of clients reveal themselves.
The authors in this diverse volume share a belief in the utility of using mindfulness-based practices to address disordered eating. It features up to date research and theory regarding mindfulness and the full spectrum of eating disorders, from Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa to Binge Eating Disorder. In addition, it explores how professionals can utilize mindfulness in their own practices, in the context of both individual and group treatment.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Eating Disorders: the Journal of Treatment and Prevention.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Eating Disorders and Mindfulness Empirical Articles 1. A Mindful Eating Group as an Adjunct to Individual Treatment for Eating Disorders: A Pilot Study 2. Experiences of Women with Bulimia Nervosa in a Mindfulness-Based Eating Disorder Treatment Group 3. Adding Mindfulness to CBT Programs for Binge Eating: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation 4. Mindfulness-Action Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Concurrent Binge Eating Disorder and Substance Use Disorders 5. The Application of Mindfulness to Eating Disorders Treatment: A Systematic Review Qualitative Chapters 6. Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training for Treating Binge Eating Disorder: The Conceptual Foundation 7. Psychological Inflexibility and Symptom Expression in Anorexia Nervosa 8. Thinking Through the Body: The Conceptualization of Yoga as Therapy for Individuals With Eating Disorders Features 9. Using Mindful Eating to Treat Food Restriction: A Case Study 10. How I Practice: Integrating Mindfulness Into the Therapy Hour
Dr. Leah DeSole is a psychologist in private practice in New York City, USA. She received her doctorate from Columbia University, and has taught at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA and Hunter College, CUNY, USA. She is a member of the editorial board for Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention and the author of Making Contact: The Therapist's Guide to Conducting a Successful First Interview (2006).
"There have been myriad self-help books and workbooks published on the topic of using mindfulness to treat eating disorders, but no comprehensive volume pulling together theory and treatment outcomes research for scientist-practitioners. Thus, Lea M. DeSole's edited volume Eating Disorders and Mindfulness: Exploring Alternative Approaches to Treatment is both timely and relevant." - Leslie Karwoski Anderson, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, 21:4