Episode 75: Dr. Tom Wooldridge: Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders

Today, Kathy is joined by Dr. Tom Wooldridge and their topic is the psychoanalytic treatment of eating disorders. They discuss some of the fears, stereotypes, and myths about psychoanalysis and tie everything back to the treatment of eating disorders.

Tom Wooldridge, PsyD, ABPP, CEDS is Chair in the Department of Psychology at Golden Gate University, where he teaches courses in therapeutic communication and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on topics such as eating disorders, massculinity, technology, and psychoanalytic treatment. Two of his articles were chosen as the “Top 25” published in the past 25 years in the journal, Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention. His first book, Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males, was published by Routledge in 2016 and has been praised as “groundbreaking” and a “milestone publication in our field.” His second book, Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak, an edited volume in the Relational Perspectives Book Series, was published by Routledge in 2018, and has also been well reviewed. In addition, Dr. Wooldridge has been interviewed for by numerous media publications including Newsweek, Slate, WebMD, and many others for his work. He is an Executive Director at the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, has a private practice in Berkeley, CA, and is an advanced candidate at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.


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