Our four-week groups for practitioners combine
psychoeducational and psychodynamic elements to give
women the tools and insights they will need to begin to
understand, heal, and transform their relationship with
food and their bodies. Exploration, fantasy exercises,
and homework assignments are utilized in each phase of
the educational group to encourage participants to
personalize and internalize the group
In the first phase of the group, members are introduced to a "self atuned" model of eating that is anti-diet and mindfulness based. Participants are helped to use the self-attuned model to eat with their hunger and to stop at fullness, while examining why they might feel compelled to eat at times when they are not physically hungry, and/or to restrict their eating during times when they are.
This model introduces curiosity and compassion as alternatives to the punitive and restrictive methods women typically employ in their efforts to change their relationships with food and their bodies. Next, the group focuses on legitimizing all foods and eliminating dichotomous thinking about food, such as: good and bad, permitted and forbidden, or healthy and unhealthy food groups. Finally group members work on body image, including the meaning of fat and thin and how one's ideas about one's body function psychologically, interpersonally, and culturally.
The WTCI Approach
"...These groups are designed to work effectively with
the continuum of problematic eating, from compulsive and
binge eating, to anorexia, bulimia, and chronic
All phases of the group's work are informed by a psychodynamic perspective and by the conscious and explicitly articulated awareness that we live in a culture that encourages women to live in disharmony with their bodies, and that for most women to live in an embodied way in this culture requires an active choice to resist cultural norms.
What to do Next
Advance registration is required, as under-enrolled groups will be re-scheduled and group size is limited.
Please register here
GROUP FOR PRACTITIONERS
March 15, 22, 29, April 5
Location: Upper West Side
Lela Zaphiropoulos, LCSW filled