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Emotional Eating

posted 23 Jul 2010, 12:40 by Debbie Cotton   [ updated 3 Aug 2010, 04:53 ]

Psychotherapeutic insight into emotional eating 

 With Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar


Eating is an emotional experience. It may be associated with myriad of emotions including reward and punishment, pride and shame, guilt and joy, anger or comfort, love and loneliness.

 Some of us are starved for love, others use food to split from their bodies. Food can comfort us and love us without asking for return, punish us or make us safer by helping us be sexually unattractive. At the end of the emotional-eating spectrum we can find eating-disorders, where people are locked in loops of terror, shame and secrecy – where food and body occupies most of their waking-hours. 

Unlike any other addiction, however, we cannot survive without food. 

The nutritional therapist and naturopath will often encounter clients who use and abuse food in many ways, realising that dietary and nutritional advice is not always enough. Moreover, the choice of becoming a naturopath and nutritionist often represent history of complex relationship with food. 

During these two days we will have a chance of looking at our own eating patterns and learn about some of the psychological factors contributing to use and abuse of food. We will furthermore learn some basic tools for supporting, challenging and working with emotional-eating presentations in general, and eating-disorders in particular. We might even be able to change something in our own relationship with food…


 Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar is a psychotherapist, writer and teacher. Asaf has extensive experience of working with eating disorders and other body-mind conditions.

Dates: 10th and 11th of December 2010

Time: 10-6pm

Cost: £210 for practitioners, £195 for students

Location: The Vestry Hall, 21 Paradise Rd Richmond. Closest tube and train- Richmond station

12 BANT CPD points have been awarded to this workshop