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A Therapist's Guide to Treating Eating Disorders in a Social Media Age (Paperback)

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An innovative therapeutic approach for counteracting the impact of social media on eating disorders and identity formation.

All humans need space to think, to be, and to process without constant distraction. This is especially true of adolescents and young adults, for whom identity formation is a consuming task. Social media has generated both a place for the creation of identity and an audience. But constant connection leaves little space without intrusion from others. For those with body dissatisfaction and/or eating disorders, living in today’s world can be especially challenging, and viewing images on social media and other online formats can be devastating.

Shauna Frisbie utilizes phototherapy techniques to view client-selected images (whether they be of themselves or others) to help uncover underlying messages that are impacting their relationship to their bodies. Integrating concepts of healing narratives, neuroscience, and phototherapy, this book will help any therapist promote self-compassion, self-reflection, and healing in their clients.

About the Author

Shauna Frisbie, Ed.D, is a certified eating disorders specialist who integrates cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and mindfulness-based approaches in her clinical work. She is a professor in the graduate psychology and counseling department of Lubbock Christian University and lives in Lubbock, Texas.

Praise For…

A Therapist's Guide to Treating Eating Disorders in a Social Media Age is a must-read for therapists. Shauna Frisbie takes the reader through an insightful journey about eating disorders. While the author pays attention to detail and research, the book also contains practical information. The emphasis on social media and its influence on eating disorders helps the reader navigate through the important issue of identity formation. The attributes of this book are many and stretch into both the professional and personal realm. 

— Loretta Bradley, PhD, Professor, Texas Tech University, Fellow, American Counseling Association, Former President of American Counseling Association

This book is an essential read for therapists who treat eating disorders as well as therapists who work with adolescents. Dr. Frisbie eloquently weaves clinical experience and theory together to provide insight into how adolescents develop their personal identity through interactions facilitated by social media. The shift in how adolescents view themselves and the world profoundly impacts how identity is developed. All therapists need Dr. Frisbie's book as a guide through the new reality of identity development. 
— Beth Robinson, Ed.D., Professor of Psychology, Lubbock Christian University

An ideal instructional guide and manual for both the therapeutic practitioner and the non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject...will prove to be a welcome and valued addition to both community and college/university library Health/Medical collections in general and Contemporary Psychology & Counseling supplemental studies list in particular.
— Midwest Book Review

The depth of the information when discussing the science behind our identities and how social media may play a role in that development is enough to give the reader an understanding without the weight of being overwhelmed by it. The reader will walk away with a better grasp on how social media may play a role in their clients’ lives. With this understanding, a therapist can navigate the possible troubled waters of the adolescent client and their body image.
— The Professional Counselor

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393714456
ISBN-10: 0393714454
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 8th, 2020
Pages: 288
Language: English