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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


The literature on eating disorders and focusing are briefly reviewed and combined to support the use of focusing as a treatment modality in eating disorders. A new etiology is considered that views the problems of eating disorders as a function of decreased inner awareness which sometimes leads to addictive cycles. Focusing combines a bodily felt sense with inner awareness and ;s proposed as a treatment modality to facilitate the development of inner awareness in clients with eating disorders. Treatment issues are discussed and possible ways of integrating focusing with other treatment methods are considered.