What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Treating Eating and Weight Issues
Many general therapists encounter clients with mild to moderate eating problems and don’t know what to tell them other than to go on a diet or meet with a dietician. Too often, eating and weight appear as minor themes lurking behind major presenting problems such as anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem and relationship conflicts. This book provides clinicians with clinical strategies, therapeutic techniques, and practical tips to address and resolve eating problems by laying out how:
• To identify if your client has a bona fide eating problem
• To raise clinical concerns about your client’s eating problems in a positive, useful way
• To tailor treatment options to your client’s eating problems and needs
• Various mental and health issues impact eating problems
• Transference and counter-transference about weight may derail therapy and ways to use them to provide effective treatment
As an expert in bridging the chasm between the emotional and physical aspects of eating and weight issues, Koenig gives us a comprehensive guide to understanding and addressing these concerns that are interwoven into every aspect of our clients' lives. I love this book and have not seen anything like it out there.
In each chapter, Ms. Koenig provides clear questions that therapists can ask and reviews the key issues of self-worth, reward and comfort, the biology and dangers of eating disorders, as well as family dynamics and the impact of phase of life-cycle issues. I own this book and have already used it to assess some of the women in my practice and research.
This book has given me tools in the form of real knowledge and ways of thinking about and questioning clients to help bring eating issues into the open. After reading this book, I have a better working knowledge of not only the eating disturbances, but also the issues often underlying them. Ms. Koenig writes in a very specific and direct way that is easy to read and it’s easy to use this new knowledge.
As a psychotherapist who has not personally experienced the difficulties of eating disorders and weight management issues, I am greatly enlightened by this book. Koenig addresses the entire gamut of interactions between food and all aspects of life including family relationships, medical issues, and individual struggles with food and normal eating. The structure of the book with the "thinking points" following each concept is an interesting technique for focusing the clinician on the important factors in each section. This is a most informative resource book for non-specialist clinicians and specialists as well.