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The Treatment of Disordered Eating and Body Dissatisfaction Using a Relational Gestalt Approach (Mary Ortenburger, LMFT, CEDS-S)

10 June, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


In this salon, we will examine how to incorporate gestalt therapy when working with clients struggling with disordered eating. We will open a discussion and engage in dialogue about incorporating gestalt therapy when working with: chronic dieting, body dissatisfaction, and clients immersed in diet culture. We will explore how the paradoxical theory of change is in line with Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size (HAES).

Specific topics will include:

  • Treating those with disordered eating using a relational approach
  • How to use contact and the dialogic method in the treatment of disordered eating
  • The paradoxical theory of change and it’s relation to HAES, Intuitive Eating, and body respect/body trust
  • Field theory in relation to: diet culture, fat phobia, and weight stigma in our culture
  • Using relationality to explore our own weight stigma, body image, and relationship with food and body and how this impacts the therapeutic relationship.
  • Working with body shame dialogically
  • Supporting clients (when they are ready) to grieve the loss of the ideal self and ideal body

Participants are encouraged to bring brief case examples (sufficiently altered for confidentiality), so that we can explore what some of this theory might look like in action, working with this population. Those new to gestalt therapy might want to do a little reading in advance: http://www.gestalttherapy.org/publications-resources/.

Mary Ortenburger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Claremont. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor, a certified EMDR therapist and EMDR consultant in training. Mary just completed her fourth year of training at the Pacific Gestalt Institute.


10 June, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Salon Leader(s)
Mary Ortenburger, LMFT, CED-S
1.5 CEUs (Free for GTILA members; $5 for nonmembers)


Southern California Counseling Center
5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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