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Em Farrell

Em Farrell has worked with eating disordered patients since she set up the Elizabeth Gentle Centre in 1989. At that time she used CBT and massage therapy to help bulimics and anorexics. She then broadened her practice but retained her interest in eating disorders. She wrote Lost for Words: The Psychoanalysis of Anorexia and Bulimia in 1995, was the on-line agony columnist for eating problems and body image issues for Psychologies Magazine and ran a short course on how to work with Eating Disorders for Psychotherapists for a number of years at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. She is currently setting up a bespoke specialist non-residential anorexic service. She recently completed a training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Past and present 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

Book of the Month
Grief Works by Julia Samuel

Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood...

In Grief Works we hear stories from those who have experienced great love and great loss - and survived. Stories that explain how grief unmasks our greatest fears, strips away our layers of protection and reveals our innermost selves...
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Helen Fisher: The brain in love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love and people who had just been dumped... view...

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The Latest Neuroimaging Findings in Borderline Personality Disorder

Altered function in neurotransmitter systems including the serotonin, glutamate, and GABA systems was observed in patients with BPD... read more...