Overcoming Body Image Disturbance: A Programme for People with Eating Disorders, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Overcoming Body Image Disturbance

A Programme for People with Eating Disorders, 1st Edition

By Lorraine Bell, Jenny Rushforth


160 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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People with eating disorders often exhibit serious misconceptions about their own body image. Overcoming Body Image Disturbance provides a treatment programme (piloted by the authors) for people with eating disorders who have a negative body image. The manual offers advice for therapists, enabling them to deliver the programme, as well as practical guidance for the sufferer, encouraging them to learn the appropriate skills to change their attitude towards their body.

Alongside the programme, this treatment manual provides:

  • an introduction to the concept of body image and body image disturbance
  • worksheets and homework assignments for the client
  • recommendations of psychometric measures to aid assessment and evaluation
  • coverage on innovative techniques and approaches such as mindfulness.

This manual – intended to be used with close guidance from a therapist – will be essential for all therapists, mental health workers and counsellors working with clients who have negative body images.

"Workbook resources can be downloaded free of charge by purchasers of the print version."


"A clear, simple treatment manual which contains useful handouts and assessment tools." - Janet Treasure, King's College, London, UK, and Medical Director South London and Maudsley Eating Disorder Unit, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction. Body Image and Body Image Disturbance. Body Image Disturbance and Psychological Disorders. What Works? The Design of this Programme. Notes for Therapists: I. Therapist Skills Needed for this Programme. Notes for Therapists: II. The Programme. Appendix.

About the Authors

Lorraine Bell is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who specialises in the treatment of people with eating disorders or borderline personality disorders. She is a fellow of the British Psychological Society

Jenny Rushforth is currently training to be a Clinical Psychologist and has a particular interest in body image disturbance in people with eating disorders.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Eating Disorders


The following handouts for Overcoming Body Image Disturbance are supplied in PDF format and can be opened using Adobe Acrobat or similar.