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(p. 277) Emotion-Focused Therapy to Facilitate Positive Body Image and Embodiment
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(p. 277) Emotion-Focused Therapy to Facilitate Positive Body Image and Embodiment
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Iryna Ivanova

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190841874.003.0027
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date: 22 September 2019

This chapter describes the application of emotion-focused therapy (EFT) in enhancing embodiment and positive body image in individuals with eating disorders and body dissatisfaction. It provides an overview of emotion regulation and dysregulation and highlights possible links between emotion regulation deficits, negative body image, and disordered eating. It reviews the application of EFT in the treatment of emotion dysregulation and describes EFT interventions that help enhance positive embodiment and positive body image. The chapter also reviews outcome research on the application of EFT in healing bodily and emotional disruptions in adults and adolescents through individual and group psychotherapy. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future directions to advance the application of EFT to transform body shame into more attuned and empowering ways to inhabit the body.

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