Em Farrell

Em Farrell

Em set up the Elizabeth Gentle Centre for Eating Disorders in 1989 and over a number of years saw close to 200 patients, usually for a 12-week intervention including CBT and massage. All patients were self-referred, most were bulimic and compulsive eaters, there were a few morbidly obese patients, a few profoundly anorexic ones and a few who didn’t fit into any of the categories then named or known about. In 1995 her MA dissertation, Press Lost for Words: The Psychoanalysis of Anorexia and Bulimia, was published by Process and later an American edition was published by the Other Press. She also set up ran a certificate course in Eating Disorders for the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. She recently did a further training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, which she found extremely helpful with many of the people that she sees. In 2016 she wrote A is for Anorexia, which was a best-seller in several categories on Amazon. She has contributed to working groups on obesity and body-image issues for young people. Her website and very occasional blog can be found at www.emfarrellpsychotherapy.com. She is currently writing B is for Bulimia.




Past and Current Confer Events


Filling the Void
Psychotherapeutic skills for working with obesity

Psychodynamic Perspectives on Working with Bulimia
Saturday 4 July 2015

Working with Eating Disorders: Psychodynamic Perspectives
Saturday 11 October 2014

The Emotional Development of the Infant and its Implications for Psychotherapy
Thursdays 13 January 2011 to 24 November 2011


Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco (2020) Confer


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