Disordered Eating: Working With and Through the Body/Mind of Patient and Therapist

Saturday 25 January 2020 - Dublin

A seminar led by Dr. Susie Orbach, Harriet Parsons and Bernadette Divilly

Traditionally, the term “eating disorder” is a medical expression encompassing the various psychiatric diagnoses referred to in the DSM 5. Our speakers will problematise the diagnostic criteria for a wide range of eating issues (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Pica, Rumination Disorder and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) to help us navigate this complex interaction between emotional issues and food.




Registration and coffee

Harriet Parsons
Treating People with Eating Disorders Today
Why, in our era of surplus, are we confronted with rising rates of eating disorders? Why are younger and younger people presenting with malnourished bodies? Why do some people suffer through their body in this way, what are they communicating? These are some of the questions that confront us when we treat people with eating disorders. In this paper, Harriet will discuss how as therapists, we can navigate through a general understanding of these serious and life-threatening disorders, in order to work with the particular individual sitting across from us.


Bernadette Divilly
Making the Dance Home
A dance movement workshop for professionals working with eating disorders.
Unresolved relationship trauma may be expressed through an uneasy connection to nourishment, expressed in distressed eating patterns and a difficulty in feeling at home in our own bodies.

In this workshop