Empirical Support for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders

  • Heather Thompson-BrennerEmail author
  • Jolie Weingeroff
  • Drew Westen
Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)


The available research suggests that the etiology of eating disorders (EDs) is multifactorial and individually variable, with risk conferred from personality pathology, family history, developmental history, sociocultural phenomena, comorbid disorders, and genetic endowment [1–5]. The treatment of EDs is complicated by characteristic problems in interpersonal relationships, resistance to change in symptomatic behavior, and difficulty in accessing emotional experience [6, 7]. Psychotherapy for EDs must target not only overt symptoms, but also motivation, emotion regulation, insight, and resistance [8]. Among the various forms of “talk therapy,” psychodynamic psychotherapy arguably has the most techniques for addressing the complex problems characteristic of individuals with EDs.


Anorexia Nervosa Borderline Personality Disorder Eating Disorder Binge Eating Bulimia Nervosa 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather Thompson-Brenner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jolie Weingeroff
    • 2
  • Drew Westen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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