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. On the podcast, Suzanne Phillips and Dr. Wooldridge discuss his recent book, Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak.
The podcast conversation focuses on what a psychoanalytic or psychodynamic approach can contribute to the integrative treatment of eating disorders and how such an approach can address the unspoken pain, secret shame, self-blame – and difficulty with affect regulation that often accompanies them. The role of childhood experience, cultural norms, cyberspace connections, and online forums are also discussed.
In addition to his role as Department Chair GGU, Wooldridge has a practice in Berkeley where he works with a wide variety of patients using a psychoanalytic approach. This year, he earned a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (2018).
The first article Wooldridge wrote centered on anorexia nervosa in male populations, published in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention. The article – recently chosen as one of its “Top 25” published in that journal over the past 25 years – became the basis of his first book, Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males: An Integrative Approach (published by Routledge).
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