30 min- Alyssa (Why weight gain and safe foods don’t work)
Discussion of the way in which Experiential Eating assists clients in managing anxiety around food fears and allows for Cognitive Dissonance to be challenged and re-focused with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Techniques.
30 min - Debbie
Various experiential techniques, when to do them and how to do them. Examples will be: Letters to and from food, eating with clients in various food challenges, describing gentle eating and mirror eating.
45 min - Gentle Eating
Sensations of taste, sight, mouth-feel, smells
Variety of textures, shapes, and tastes on the plate
Meditative experience with food (ex: meditative music, guided imagery, relaxation techniques)
Enjoyment of food
45 min- Mirror Eating
Breakthrough past food traumas
Inner child work
Commitment to self, commitment to self-care
Breaking through Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Accepting nurturance from others
Pushing through “I have no needs”
25 min- Question and Answer Session
Debra Landau-West, M.S.,R.D. is a private practice dietitian in Scottsdale, Arizona. For 30 years she has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders. She has also been the nutrition director for several in patient eating disorder treatment facilities including Remuda Ranch and Willow Creek. Throughout her career Ms. West has tried to utilize a variety of experiential techniques combined with cognitive therapy and didactic education during clients sessions. In the past she has spoken at several national conferences to share these ideas with other eating disorder professionals. She is currently the co-vice president of the Phoenix Chapter of IAEDP.
Alyssa Mandel's philosophy centers on empowering clients through the therapeutic relationship. She feels that by working with patients from a non-judgmental perspective, fostering a comfortable and trusting environment and "being where the client is", the time spent in treatment is made more productive. Ms. Mandel earned her MSW at Columbia University, and has been practicing for more than 14 years. Her supportive philosophy is based on years of experience working with people from diverse backgrounds with numerous presenting problems. She recognizes the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to enlist the expertise of other professionals such as Nutritionists and Psychiatrists.