AEDP Institute

Transformance Talk: Working with Eating Disorders Using AEDP

Presented by Transformance Journal author Jessica K. Slatus, LCSW

This is a recording of a live event held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Access to this recording is available for AEDP Institute Members Only.


Ms. Slatus’s Transformance Talk will be based on her fascinating Transformance Journal article.

For clients with eating disorders, food is a medium of emotional expression.  Helping the client to develop a greater awareness of her affective experience, and to expand her capacity to internalize nourishing relational experiences, is critical to fostering sustained recovery. Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), with its explicit, experiential focus on privileging new and positive experiences of affect and connection, is well-suited to this work. This talk will offer strategies to appreciate and disarm the eating disorder client’s defenses, highlight specific AEDP interventions that foster receptivity to positive affects from the therapist as well as from other parts of the self, and illustrate the therapist modeling receptivity for the client.

(Read the article here)

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Meet the Presenter

Jessica K. Slatus, LCSW, specializes in working with individuals struggling with eating, exercise, and body image problems. She was trained at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia in New York City, where she also worked as a staff therapist.  Jessica earned her Masters degree in Social Work at New York University and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College. She is trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), and is a Certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor.