Eating disorders are complex and multifaceted, involving the mind, the body, and the soul. In this session, we will explore why and how involving somatic and “bottom-up” approaches to healing is extremely beneficial when treating eating disorders based on a trauma and polyvagal theory informed model of recovery.
We will begin with a general overview of somatic therapy and expand on how a bottom-up approach differs from traditional cognitive or “talk” (bottom-down) psychotherapy. In exploring the efficacy of a bottom-up approach for the treatment of eating disorders, we will unpack the role that trauma plays in eating disorder behaviors and how somatic interventions are a valuable addition to addressing the trauma (and subsequent nervous system or embodied) beneath the behavior.
We will discuss case studies where somatic interventions are applied to eating disorder behaviors as well as demonstrate experientially specific interventions that can be used in session with clients. This session will provide multiple somatic interventions attendees can begin to implement with clients as soon as they return to the office.