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Group therapy for eating disorders: A step-wise approach

  • Helen Riess
  • J. Scott Rutan


Group therapy is emerging as a favored treatment for eating disorders. Open-ended psychodynamic group therapy is an effective treatment for the underlying conflicts in eating-disordered patients, yet these groups are difficult to form. The authors suggest a specific sequence using time-limited psychoeducational groups initially for symptom control, then offering an open-ended group for patients who are ready to address deeper issues in a group therapy setting.


Effective Treatment Eating Disorder Group Therapy Specific Sequence Cross Cultural Psychology 
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© Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Riess
    • 1
  • J. Scott Rutan
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolUSA
  2. 2.Eating Disorders UnitMassachusetts General HospitalBoston
  3. 3.Center for Group TherapyMassachusetts General HospitalBoston

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