A dyadic group-movement therapy with adolescent girls with eating disorders

Maayan Dor-Haim, Amit Yaroslavsy, Tamar Lev Azolay, Tamar Dascal, Anat Toledano, Yael Latzer, Daniel Stein

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Movement therapy emphasizes that intervention with the body may have a therapeutic impact on emotional, cognitive, and social levels. Movement therapy with individuals with eating disorders (EDs) is associated with many difficulties, owing to the fear and shame that these patients feel with their body. The persistent resistance occurring in group-movement therapy with patients with EDs has led us to implement a novel multidyadic movement group therapy, consisting of an equal number of participants and staff. This model enables the work of patient-staff dyads, using body-related modeling and adequate containment from the staff to assist patients in dealing with their body-related fear and shame. In this article, we use case studies to illustrate the implications-derived from the unexpected highly positive impact of multidyad movement group therapy and discuss the clinical relevance of this treatment in EDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1429-1443
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2019

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  • anorexia nervosa
  • bulimia nervosa
  • eating disorder
  • movement therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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