Utilizing Compassion and Motivation to Challenge Fears, Blocks, and Resistances in Therapy and Nutrition

Studies over the past 20 years have highlighted the importance of integrating self-compassion into the treatment of eating disorders. By developing and demonstrating self-compassion, individuals are able to decrease levels of shame and perfectionism that often interfere with recovery-giving activities. Through lecture and discussion, this presentation aims to introduce Compassion Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques to challenge the shame, fear, and resistance that often paralyze individuals with eating disorders. Additionally, the presenters will emphasize the importance of collaborative therapeutic and nutrition interventions to better serve the needs of individuals.