MRI Approach

Solution Focused Approach

  • McFarland, B. (1995). Brief therapy and eating disorders: A practical guide to solution focused work with clients. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
Article synopsis: In clear and straightforward language, McFarland presents a model that focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, and on solutions rather than problems.This book discusses how to deal with bulimic and anorexic clients in a time effective manner. KL
O'Halloran, M. S. (1999). Family involvement in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa: A solution-focused approach. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 7(4), 384-388.
Article Synopsis: This article is a case study using a solution-focused approach to work with a young female, age 16, struggling with Anorexia Nervosa. The therapy focused on allowing the client to create her own solutions, exploring exceptions, and using scaling questions. The family was included in therapy which proved to be useful and important in working with the client. AC

Narrative Therapy ApproachLink:

Brown, C., G., Weber, S., Ali, S. (2008). Women's body talk: A feminist narrative approach. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 27(2), 92-104.

Dallos, R. (2004). Attachment narrative therapy: Integrating ideas from narrative and attachment theory in systemic family therapy with eating disorders. Journal of Family Therapy, 26, 40-65.

  • Article Synopsis: A case study using Narrative Therapy for the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. The article outlines therapy conducted with a young female, age 19, who struggles with Anorexia Nervosa. The therapy also involves her family and explores attachment narratives. AC

Golan, M. (2013). The journey from opposition to recovery from eating disorders: Multidisciplinary model integrating narrative counseling and motivational interviewing in traditional approaches. J Eat Disord Journal of Eating Disorders, 1(1), 19. doi:10.1186/2050-2974-1-19

  • Article Synopsis: The author highlights in this article a journey of recovery from an eating disorder for individuals in a community facility.The demographics for the participants in the study ranged from ages 11-40. Treatment consisted of an integration of Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.Both approaches focused on eliciting self-change talk as the core component. The stages the author emphasized in the study consisted of: Partial recognition to full acknowledgement, clear cognitive stance, rehabilitation stage, stabilization and recovery and maintenance. The results of the study suggests that Narrative Therapy and motivational interviewing encourages the clients reliance on personal agency and actualization of personal values. This article suggests that Narrative Therapy in conjunction with Motivational Interviewing may be effective when treating those with eating disorders.

Hanstock, T. L. (2013). Using narrative therapy to treat eating disorder not otherwise specified. Clinical Case Studies, 124. doi:10.1177/1534650113486184

  • Article Synopsis: The author highlights in this article how Narrative Therapy helped a client suffering with an eating disorder to develop an anti-eating disorder lifestyle and values. An informal case study was depicted in the article. The participant was a 28 year old woman with anorexia nervosa. The client received 10 sessions of Narrative Therapy. The authors results suggest that Narrative Therapy may be a beneficial treatment for those with an eating disorder.

Weber, M., Davis, K., McPhie, L. (2006). Narrative therapy, eating disorders, and groups: Enhancing outcomes in rural nsw. Australian Social Work, Vol 59(4), Dec, 2006. pp. 391-405.
Article synopsis: A study conducted in New South Wales with 7 women participants, who self-identified as having problems with an eating disorder and depression. Narrative therapy was utilized in a group format for 10 weeks. Pre- and post-group tests showed a reduction in eating disorder and depression symptoms. Participants also shared that externalizing their eating disorder was a very helpful component of their treatment. AC

Collaborative Therapy Approach

  • Olson, M. E. (1995). Conversation and writing: A collaborative approach to bulimia. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 6(4), 21-44.
Article Synopsis: This article is a case study using a collaborative therapy approach in working with a woman struggling with bulimia. AC
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