n the case of anorexia, this means, in addition, teaching about the physical consequences of the disorder and of abnormal eating behaviours and of any attempt to make changes. It also means teaching the principles of normal eating behaviour and nutrition. The use of a cognitive therapy approach makes it feasible to directly explore and question common assumptions about the importance of weight and shape. Having aired these assumptions, clients can decide whether they wish to continue to espouse them, modify them, or replace them with alternative ones. At a deeper level too, the approach makes it feasible to address more personal issues regarding self-worth. So, while the therapy takes on board the task of tackling individual assumptions about the importance of weight and shape, it also challenges underlying core beliefs about the personal identity of sufferers.
CBT emphasizes homework, goal setting, and self-monitoring.
The advantages of group therapy in general have been described by Yalom (1985) and include altruism, installation of hope, interpersonal learning, and modeling.
If you look on this issue from another point of view you can see that when group members start educating each other they can also teach each other not only things that may help them to fight their eating disorder but also the tips and tricks how to be a better anorexic-bulimic and more sneaky.
By sharing with and listening to others, patients learn that they are not alone in their suffering, their feelings and their experience of having an eating disorder. It can enhance a person's self-esteem just to realize that she is neither crazy nor alone.
Cognitive-Behavioral Eating Disorder Therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that draws a connection between thoughts, actions, emotions, and physiological reactions. Therefore, the general goal of this type of eating disorder therapy is to encourage more positive thoughts and behaviors and ultimately eliminate an unhealthy reaction to food. Cognitive-behavioral eating disorder therapy is often used to treat patients suffering from bulimia or binge eating disorder. Main skills taught during this type of eating disorder therapy include: • Identification of events or moods that trigger binge eating episodes • Correction of beliefs and destructive thought patterns • Development of coping skills for dealing with daily problems • Substitution of healthy behaviors for negative behaviors • Alteration of attitudes regarding food, eating, and body image
Group Eating Disorder Therapy
Group therapy is a type of eating disorder therapy that allows individuals to give and receive support and feedback from other individuals undergoing eating disorder treatment. These treatment methods help individuals to improve communication skills. Additionally, group eating disorder therapy helps build a sense of camaraderie and friendship that allows individuals to see the recovery process in themselves and others. This therapy can even form bonds and relationships that help motivate and support individuals even after completing eating disorder therapy. Types of group therapy include: • Group Fitness Therapy
• Group Dance and Movement Therapy
• Group Art Therapy
• Meal Therapy
Group Programs for Adolescents
The adolescent groups are for those who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. They aim to provide information, support and therapy for adolescents. They also provide young people an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. These are usually short groups running for eight weeks during the term or over several days during the holidays. The group that occurs during term times usually meets on a...
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