Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based, third-wave, approach known for its efficacy in treating individuals with self-harm, suicidal behaviors and symptoms of borderline personality disorder. DBT combines traditional behavior therapy with mindfulness and acceptance, and aims to help people build fulfilling, meaningful lives. Since its conception, several adaptations of DBT have been developed and researched, including DBT for binge eating and bulimia (e.g., Safer, Telch, & Chen, 2009).
Binge eating is often used as a way to decrease distress, or temporarily escape from a moment and avoid feeling uncomfortable emotions. Research has demonstrated that difficulty in identifying and understanding emotions, as well as struggles in dealing with emotions, predicts binge eating more than factors such as overvaluing shape and weight or restriction (Whiteside et al., 2007). DBT teaches people how to identify the functions of their disordered eating behaviors, and ways to practice mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills to manage emotions so that they no longer rely on disordered eating as to cope. Research studies have demonstrated that DBT has led to significant decreases in disordered eating behaviors, and helped people develop healthier relationships with food.
This workshop will provide an overview of DBT for disordered eating behaviors, and address practical ways to apply strategies, such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation to help our clients’ improve the quality of their lives.
Participants in this workshop will:
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Dr. Skolnick serves as a staff psychologist and Director of the Eating Disorders Program at CBT/DBT Associates, where she provides individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to adolescents and adults. Dr. Skolnick is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College of New York and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hofstra University, an M.A. in psychology in education from Columbia University, and graduated Cum Laude from Tufts University with a B.S. in psychology. Dr. Skolnick has extensive training in CBT and DBT. She completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital’s Zucker Hillside Hospital, and has worked in various private practice and community mental health center settings in the New York area. Dr. Skolnick has several research publications and presentations related to anxiety disorders and eating disorders. She is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York State Psychological Association, Academy for Eating Disorders, and the New York Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation.
Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
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