1st Edition

Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders Theory and Practice for Individual and Group Settings

Edited By Susan Simpson, Evelyn Smith Copyright 2020
    308 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Options can be limited for those who do not respond to standard eating disorder treatments. Schema therapy is one of the new exciting frontiers in the treatment of this clinical population, offering a much-needed model that integrates both developmental and deeper level personality factors. Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders is the first book of its kind, guiding clinicians to deliver the schema model to those with entrenched or enduring eating pathology, and in turn encouraging further clinical research on this approach to treatment.

    Written by an international team of leading schema therapy experts, and with a foreword by Wendy Behary and Jeffrey Young, this book draws on their clinical knowledge and research experience. Comprehensive and practical, this book introduces the rapidly growing evidence base for schema therapy, outlines the application of this model across eating disorder diagnostic groups, as well as individual and group modalities, and explores practical considerations, common challenges and the therapeutic process. The book includes detailed case examples, which provide a theoretical and practical basis for working with therapist-client schema chemistry and transference, and outlines methods of ensuring therapist self-care in the face of difficult and often long-term work.

    Innovative and accessible, this fresh look at the treatment of eating disorders will be an invaluable resource for clinicians in the field.

    Section One: Introduction to Schema Therapy;  Chapter 1. Introduction to Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders, Susan Simpson Evelyn Smith & Virginia McIntosh;  Chapter 2. Review of the Schema Model and Therapeutic application in Eating Disordered Populations, Susan Simpson, Siri Hartmann, Nicole Files & Evelyn Smith;  Chapter 3. Applying Schema Therapy to the Binge Eating Disorders: A Transdiagnostic Approach, Virginia V W McIntosh, Janet D Carter & Jennifer Jordan;  Section Two: Schema Therapy Assessment and Case Conceptualisation;  Chapter 4. Schema Therapy Assessment of Eating Disorders, Susan Simpson;  Chapter 5. Schema Therapy Conceptualisation of Eating Disorders, Susan Simpson;  Section Three: Application of Schema Therapy to Eating Disorders;  Chapter 6. Repetitive Negative Thinking in Eating Disorders: Identifying and Bypassing Over-Analysing Coping Modes and Building Schema Attunement, Robert Brockman & Adele Stavropoulos;  Chapter 7. Experiential mode work with Eating Disorders, Susan Simpson;  Chapter 8. Chairwork in Schema Therapy: Applications and Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Matthew Pugh & Sophie Rae;  Chapter 9. Behavioural pattern breaking in schema therapy for eating disorders: learning from the evidence-based approaches, Christina Archonti, Susan Simpson, Gianluca Castelnuovo & Giada Pietrabissa;  Chapter 10. Manual of Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders Group (STE-g), Susan Simpson,  Chapter 11. Resolving Ambivalence and Overcoming Blocks to Change: A Multi-modal and Schema Informed Approach, Matthew Pugh;  Section Four: Challenges when doing Schema Therapy;  Chapter 12. Overcoming Challenges and Stuck Points in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Sally Skewes, Michiel van Vreeswijk & Wendelien Merens;  Chapter 13. Transference and therapist-patient schema chemistry in the treatment of Eating Disorders,  Eckhard Roediger & Christina Archonti; Chapter 14. Schema therapy for Eating Disorders: Therapist self-care, Michiel. F. van Vreeswijk & A. M. E. E. Zedlitz; Chapter 15. Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders: Therapist’s reflections from implementation of a multisite trial, Evelyn Smith, Robert Brockman, & Claudia Mendez;  Chapter 16. Finding and Reparenting the Lonely Child behind the Anorexic Overcontroller, David Edwards; Section Five: The Future of Schema Therapy;  Chapter 17. Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders: Future directions, Evelyn Smith & Susan Simpson; Appendix; Index


    Dr Susan Simpson is training director of Schema Therapy Scotland, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist in an NHS-Scotland inpatient eating disorders unit. She has held numerous clinical and academic posts and has over 20 years of experience working with eating disorders and complex comorbidity. She has published widely on schema therapy and eating disorders.

    Dr Evelyn Smith  is a Clinical Psychologist and a Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University, Australia. She has held multiple clinical positions, including heading the Eating Disorders and Obesity Psychology Research Clinic. She has published widely in the area of eating disorders and was Chief Investigator of a grant assessing group schema therapy for eating disorders.

    "Schema therapy has become increasingly popular as a treatment for personality disorders and other chronic conditions. This book presents the application of schema therapy to a challenging group of disorders with a high comorbidity with personality disorders: eating disorders. Written by experts in both schema therapy and eating disorders, this book is an essential guide for those that want to extend their insight in and therapeutic possibilities for the more challenging patients with eating disorders. A must-have for those looking for a treatment method that integrates treatment of eating problems with treatment of personality problems." - Arnoud Arntz, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    "Think for a moment. What do you want when you invest the time (and money) to read a practitioner book? You do not want another academic steeped in theory with only the distant memory of practice. This book gathers the luminaries of the schema therapy world to help you better treat eating disorders. All ‘present tense’ practitioners. Read and learn." - Professor Bruce A. Stevens, PhD (Boston University, 1987), Clinical Psychologist and Research Academic at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia

    "This impressive volume details the application of schema therapy to eating disorders which is considered to be one of the most complex and difficult to treat disorders, not least because of the high rate of comorbidity with personality disorders.

    The book provides a clear and up-to-date overview of theory and research in schema therapy and eating disorders. A detailed description of how to deliver the powerful schema therapy treatment strategies form a central portion of the book accompanied with rich clinical illustrations, making it essential reading for practising schema therapists working with clients with eating disorders. I thoroughly recommend it."  - Dr. Vartouhi Ohanian, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Schema Therapy UK

    "This book represents a valuable and timely addition to the literature. It is written in an accessible style by experienced clinicians. Many of our patients remain unwell at the end of standardized treatments. This book encourages and aids the clinician in thinking in a more complex way about their clients' difficulties. I have already incorporated some of the ideas in this book to deepen my clinical work. This book has the potential to assist a clinician’s thinking process with their most complex patients. The chapters on formulation, mode work, chair work and enhancing motivation for change are especially clinically rich." - Chris Thornton, Clinical Director of The Redleaf Practice