Synopses & Reviews
Given the real challenges most clinicians find in treating eating disorders, it is little wonder that most struggle to know what it will take to help a particular patient. Providing a fully "integrated treatment approach" is a fine moniker, but it is always easier to conceptualize or study a subject in the abstract than to put the recommendations into practice in the here and now. In this book, Kathryn Zerbe, an acknowledged expert in this field, tackles the complex issue of eating disorders to present readers with a comprehensive yet hands-on book that answers these essential questions: How can I apply the insights from new research and years of accumulated clinical wisdom to the person sitting right in front of me today? Will it be enough? Is it possible to help her change direction after years of struggle? Is it possible to help him thrive? Will she survive? The book is divided into three main sections to aid the clinician in formulating and carrying out an integrated treatment plan. The first section describes what transpires during the opening, middle, and termination phases of treatment. This road map helps clinicians gain a sense of where they are and where they might be going next, and provides different strategies for thinking about frequently asked questions such as, "How can I help my patient with this particular area of concern?" and "How might I translate this particular theory or technique into my own setting in a way that is user-friendly?" The second section of the book addresses treatment and recovery through the lens of the developmental life cycle. In each chapter, the biological, cultural, and psychological bedrocks pertinent to the developmental phase under discussion is reviewed with particular application to the clinical situation. The final section of the book addresses some of the "special problems" clinicians face when treating eating disorder patients. The patient's sexuality often goes unaddressed even though it is a ubiquitous concern. Transference reactions and the inevitable countertransference responses that arise during treatment are also discussed.
A PROMINENT PSYCHIATRIST in the field, Kathryn J. Zerbe builds on her landmark work in "The Body Betrayed to provide a comprehensive approach to the outpatient treatment of eating disorders. A variety of strategies is presented, including pharmacological and psychodynamic treatments, patient education, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers will find this versatile method an invaluable resource for tackling the disordered eating of their clients.
An integrated approach to the treatment of disordered eating.
A prominent eating-disorder specialist builds on her landmark work, The Body Betrayed, to provide a comprehensive approach to the outpatient treatment of eating disorders. A range of pharmacological and psychodynamic strategies is presented. All helping professionals will find this integrated, versatile method an invaluable resource for tackling their clients' disordered eating.
"In this comprehensive book, Dr. Kathryn Zerbe provides guidance to clinicians by skillfully modeling an approach...informed by clinical practice and the empirical literature....Zerbe is recognized as a leader in the field of eating disorders."--Kamryn T. Eddy, PhD, Department of Psychiatry Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Kathryn Zerbe, after 25 years of in-the-trenches clinical work and award-winning instruction of psychotherapeutic principles, unravels the research behind eating disorders and presents hard and fast answers that practitioners can put to work with their clients. Zerbe's approach is an integrated one, and one that emphasizes an amalgamation of interventions tailored to the needs of the patient. Filled with clinical case examples from her own years in practice, sample dialogues, and easy-to-read tables and charts summarizing important clinical tips, is an invaluable resource for all mental health practitioners. It is the first book of its kind to tackle the complex issue of eating disorders in a way that is hands-on, practical, and applicable, offering clinicians real answers to essential questions so that they may more effectively and compassionately treat their clients.
About the Author
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, and the author of the landmark eating disorder text, The Body Betrayed. She lectures nationally and internationally on issues pertaining to women's mental health and practices psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Portland.