Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Anorexia in Adults: Psychodynamic Therapy Most Successful

La jeune fille à la coquille by Jean-Baptiste CarpeauxMusée de CambraiWomen smiling in art

Releasing your smile from captivity

Adults suffering from anorexia find recovery through psychodynamic based psychotherapy.

What a joy to see this fact coming into scientific and public awareness.


Largest therapy trial worldwide: Psychotherapy treats anorexia effectively

 “At the end of our study, focal psychodynamic therapy proved to be the most successful method, while the specific cognitive behavior therapy resulted in more rapid weight gain.”

I’ve been quietly working for over 30 years with adult patients suffering from eating disorders and have seen much wonderful recovery. I’ve withstood storms of controversy over the years as passionate treatment fads pass through our society.

But my patients show me through their consistent recovery that attending to the mind, body and soul of each person in their own unique constellation of past, present and vision of the future brings healing and mature development. That’s what brings an end to the eating disorder and supports strength, courage and skill to live a fulfilling life.

Yes, it takes time, often years, to reach freedom from the illness.  But, it took years to establish the illness.

Slow and steady wins the race. No fast answers. We hear this so many times in so many circumstances and wish instant resolution was possible.

But it’s so wonderful to know that recovery is possible, that you can get to recovery if you commit to the work with someone who knows how to be your guide, companion and therapist at the same time.  It’s a journey you undertake together.

The words used are psychodynamic but what does that really mean? In Freud’s meaning of psychoanalysis he spoke of reaching through the mind to the soul. Soul often gets left out in the American translation.

Soul may be omitted from the vocabulary, but soul lives and will not be denied. Thank goodness. 🙂

I’m so glad to see the reports of this study.  I hope you are too.

Anorexia treated effectively with psychotherapy: new study in the journal Lancet


Joanna Poppink, MFT

Los Angeles psychotherapist

author of: Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder

website: Eating Disorder Recovery


* Français : La jeune fille à la coquille, bronze, par Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (Valenciennes 1827-Courbevoie 1875). Cette statue est le pendant,réalisé ensuite, du Pêcheur à la coquille; le visage est celui d’Anna Foucart. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Cambrai. Date 8 August 2010 Source Own work Author Vassil


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