Dr. Tom Wooldridge, Chair of the Department of Psychology at GGU was recently interviewed for the ED Matters Podcast about the psychoanalytic treatment of eating disorders. Wooldridge recently published an edited volume, Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak, that brings together contributions from top theorists, researchers, and clinicians. In this discussion, Kathy and Tom discuss some of the fears, stereotypes, and myths about psychoanalysis and tie everything back to the treatment of eating disorders.
In addition to his role at GGU, Wooldridge has a practice in Berkeley where he works with a wide variety of patients using a psychoanalytic approach. “About half of his patients come in with eating disorders or some struggle with body weight and shape,” he says. “I think my professional practice is really important because it gives me real-world experience that I can then fold back into my teaching in the classroom.
The first article Wooldridge wrote was on anorexia nervosa in male populations, published in the journal Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention. The article – recently chosen as the “Top 25” articles it published over the past 25 years – became the basis of his first book, Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males: An Integrative Approach (published by Routledge).