Brain-Based Treatment for Binge Eating Presented by Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS and Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD, LD
Individuals who want to recover from bulimia and binge eating disorder often feel their bodies and brains are “stuck” in a repetitive cycle that resists recovery no matter how much they try to create change. Why? The brain, gut and nervous systems in these clients have indeed been hijacked and rewired so that binging has become the new normal. This results not only in compulsive behaviors but also relentless shame and loss of hope that things can or will ever feel different.
In this presentation, the presenter team will discuss how to educate clients on what’s happening in the brain, body and gut. The importance of attaining distance from the urge by reducing emotional flooding and refocusing during the urge itself will be explored, illustrating how these interventions can reduce shame and give clients a renewed sense of hope in recovery. Both the therapist and the dietitian presenters will instruct and demonstrate practical steps that clinicians can incorporate into their practices to help clients “rewire” the brain and gut. These dual interventions that integrate both therapy and nutrition tools with a singular purpose of rewiring the brain to create new neural pathways will emphasize the synergistic power of the multi-disciplinary treatment team to guide clients to full recovery.