1st Edition

Emotion Regulation for Young People with Eating Disorders
A Guide for Professionals

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after August 5, 2021
ISBN 9780367471279
August 5, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Emotion Regulation for Young People with Eating Disorders is a supportive guide for professionals to help them build effective therapeutic relationships with young people struggling with eating disorders.

The book focuses on the role of emotion regulation in the development and maintenance of eating disorders. The psychological concepts discussed are an integration of ideas and theories that have been proposed by many psychologists over the last half century. The tasks presented in the book use aspects of these theories and concepts in an applied way which can be helpful to enable young people to understand more about their emotional experience and how it has contributed to their difficulties. The approach proposed can be used across the spectrum of eating disorders as the dysfunctional emotional regulation difficulty is shared by all eating disorders.

The workbook will be helpful for CAMHS professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, nurses, occupational therapists, dieticians and therapeutic care workers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Understanding emotional experience as a window towards recovery from eating disorders; Introduction; Eating Disorders; Chapter 2 - Psychological distress and emotional experience in eating disorders; Understanding Psychological Distress; The emotional journey from childhood to adolescence; Emotion difficulties in eating disorders; Chapter 3 - Therapy, Clinical Challenges and the World as a Patient ; On therapy; Challenges of working with young people with eating disorders; Supportive language and feelings in therapists, young people and carers; The world as a patient; Chapter 4 - Guiding Principles for Exploring the Emotional Experience in Eating Disorders and Notes for therapists to work with YP; Section 1 - Starving Emotions; Section 2 - The Eating Disorder Filter; Section 3 - Making your playlist; Section 4 - New Playlist New Self; Section 5 - Breaking free from the Eating Disorder Filter

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Sophie Nesbitt is a Clinical Psychologist working with young people with eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  

Lucia Giombini is a Clinical Psychologist and researcher working with young people and adults with eating disorders in Europe and in the UK.


In the past few years, I have had the pleasure to collaborate with Lucia Giombini and Sophie Nesbitt in adapting Cognitive Remediation Therapy and Emotion Skills Training for young people, an approach which was originally developed for adults. This new workbook provides an overview of the role of emotion regulation in the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Sophie and Lucia are both experienced clinical psychologists and they bring the research and clinical findings directly into the therapy room.

Professor Kate Tchanturia, FBPS, FHEA, FAED

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

King’s College London