has developed a method for treating patients with eating
disorders based on a combination of the work of Hilde Bruch,
Frederick Perls and Sheldon Litt. The foundation of this method
is the patient's own thoughts, feelings, needs and experiences,
not the therapist's interpretations. Patients are requested to concentrate
on their inner-personal region and see how it feels. When
patients inform the therapist about their various feelings and
experiences, they are then requested to concentrate on and
contact the various feelings and sensations. With this increased
awareness of their inner processes the patients have a tool with
which to manage their eating, their feelings and their way of
After treatment, the patients are responsible for their actions and can
choose to overeat or not, but they cannot put the blame on anybody else.
The therapist helps patients to learn how to structure their experiences
of reality and can also indicate alternatives. Patients don't console
themselves with food because of an unhappy childhood but because their
feelings and physical impressions are in a confusing mess.
Before therapy they lacked the tools to take responsibility and tidy up
their inner-personal region. After therapy, patients accept their anxiety
feelings and no longer want to drug themselves with food or starvation in
order to avoid their feelings. Anxiety is a natural part of an
individual's adjustment to life. It does not need to be eaten away but
can, with diligent practice, be experienced and understood. It contains
information which is important for the individual's further development.
Those with eating disorders try desperately to avoid mental anguish and
use food or starvation as their aids. These are quick and effective
tranquillising drugs, but with certain unwanted secondary effects.
Different ways of treating eating disorders