Eat Without Fear
Harnessing Science to Confront and Overcome Your Eating Disorder
Eating disorders are serious conditions that can be hard to treat; however, the chances of overcoming an eating disorder increase when exposure therapy is used as part of the overall treatment strategy. Exposure therapy involves confronting (rather than avoiding) challenging scenarios that evoke distress, and though this technique has typically been used mainly by psychotherapists, people struggling with eating disorders can use it on their own to reduce troubling eating behaviors. Eat Without Fear provides practical, reader-friendly information about this innovative, scientifically-supported approach, as well as guidance on how to apply it effectively to beat an eating disorder using a "team approach" that involves family members, friends, and other loved ones. Readers will benefit from the use of easy-to-understand language describing the key concepts of eating disorders and how exposure therapy can help treat them. Additionally, the book guides readers through therapeutic activities that enable them to effectively practice exposure therapy techniques on their own. Given the value of involving family members and other supportive people in the eating disorder recovery process, this book encourages collaboration between readers and their loved ones and offers practical suggestions for how they can work together to achieve their desired goals.
About this Author
Nicholas R. Farrell, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Clinical Director at NOCD: OCD Treatment and Therapy where he provides clinical leadership and oversight of therapy services. Prior, he was a Clinical Director of eating disorders services at Rogers Behavioral Health. He has published numerous scholarly works on maximizing the effectiveness of treatment for eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and related conditions. Carolyn Black Becker, PhD, ABPP is a Professor of Psychology at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX and a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, PTSD, and anxiety-based disorders. She is board certified in CBT and is a Past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. Glenn Waller. DPhil is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield. He is a qualified Clinical Psychologist, who has worked in the field of eating disorders since 1988. His clinical specialty is CBT for eating disorders, which is also the subject of most of his research and teaching. He has served as President of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is currently President of the Eating Disorders Research Society. He is a member of editorial boards for several CBT and eating disorder journals.
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