comprehensive DBT for complex eating disorders

Eating disorders are complex and serious illnesses and traditional treatment does not always resolve symptoms adequately. In these instances, Comprehensive DBT can be another option.

Individuals can benefit from comprehensive DBT for an eating disorder when:

  • Traditional treatment for the eating disorder has not yielded desired results

  • Emotion dysregulation is central to the eating disorder symptoms

  • Significant co-morbidities such as substance use, mood disorders, self-harm, or suicidality impacts standard treatment

  • There is a history of significant therapy interfering behavior(s)


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References:

Article: An Intensive DBT Program for Patients with Multidiagnostic Eating Disorder Presentations: A Case Series Analysis. International Journal of Eating Disorders 46: 4 322-331 2013

Article: Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Eating Disorders: The Use of Contingency Management Procedures to Manage Dialectical Dilemmas. American Journal of Psychotherapy 69: 2 129-140 2015

Powerpoint: Addressing self-injury and therapy-interfering behaviors in eating disorder treatment across the developmental spectrum:  A DBT approach. By Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED, presented at The Emily Program

Training: “Using DBT to treat complex and high risk eating disorder clients: principles and practicalities” Charlotte Thomas LCSW, Portland DBT Institute. Lucene Wisniewski. PhD, FAED, Founder - Center for Evidence Based Treatment Ohio Case Western Reserve University. Is it DBT: The 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. November 15, 2018. Washington, DC.


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