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Working with Eating Disorders: Psychodynamic Perspectives
Led by Em Farrell and Marilyn Lawrence

Saturday 11 October 2014 - SOLD OUT

This day is led by two psychoanalytical psychotherapists whose careers have been dedicated to working with people with eating disorders. The programme offers participants a theoretical overview exploring the psychodynamics of eating problems as well as two workshop sessions applying such theory to clinical technique. The underlying theoretical assumption of the programme is that mental functioning is unconscious as well as conscious and that it is therefore helpful to think about eating disorders as a representation of disturbances in early and significant relationships. We will explore how this approach opens a pathway for understanding the control of food as an object-relational pattern, and for insight into the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship itself.


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.

Marilyn Lawrence

Marilyn Lawrence is a psychoanalyst who has worked for many years with patients with eating disorders, both in her private practice and in her work with young adults at the Tavistock Clinic. Her published works include: Loving them to death: the anorexic and her objects (in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2001, 82:43-55); Body, Mother, Mind (in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2002, A 83: 837-850); The Anorexic Mind (2008, Karnac Books, London).


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Self-funded: £120
Organisationally-funded: £210
CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

Seminar Suite
Grange Fitzrovia
Bolsover Street

Registration: 09.30
Start: 10.00
End: 17.00