Attending to Emotions in Clinical Practice
January 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST
How a person frames emotions is a crucial component in navigating eating disorders. While most people see emotions as the problem they are trying to control via eating disorder symptoms, the truth is that emotions are often a genius response to the problems they are facing, pointing them in the direction of the exact solution required.
Fear, panic, and anger are three common emotions dietitians encounter in working with clients who present with eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. This webinar will provide a map for learning to collaborate with those emotions to help a person navigate their way towards recovery.
Following this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of:
- The role of emotions in helping a person manage their body budget and the relevance of emotions as an access point in clinical practice;
- Specific questions posed by fear, panic, and anger; and
- How to apply that information in their work with clients who have eating disorders.
Sarah Alexander Bio:
Sarah Alexander, LCSW has been working as a therapist in the eating disorder field since 2006. She is a former president of the Columbia River Eating Disorder Network, teaches classes to graduate counseling students in the eating disorder certificate program at Lewis and Clark College, and has been a certified Dynamic Emotional Integration trainer since 2018 (in addition to being trained in EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy). She currently runs Brave Acorn (a group practice in Portland, Oregon) where she teaches other therapists to work from a Health at Every Size and Language of Emotions lens. Several dietitians have taken her 30-hour Attending to Emotions course and report that learning to collaborate with emotions as allies has been game-changing in their work with clients.