Deborah Brenner-Liss, Ph.D – Part 3

Deborah Brenner-Liss, Ph.D worked at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, in New York City, from 1980 to 1985, where she was on the teaching and supervisory faculty.  After moving to San Francisco, she was on staff at the Mt. Zion Eating Disorders clinic, while there was one, between about 1986 and 1987, and has since 1985 been the Director of the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (affectionately nick-named APTED) in San Francisco. Among other things, APTED has a training program for professionals and a sliding scale specialty clinic for those who cannot otherwise obtain treatment.

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Dr Brenner-Liss shared her own personal struggle with ED and what had worked for her in her recovery. This includes “wrapping arms of compassion around myself and reassuring myself.” Deborah says the important thing is to figure out how to be in alignment with yourself in the most gentle and nurturing way possible. You can only be where you are in your recovery and take it one day at a time.

She emphasizes the importance of connecting with yourself as a way to also connect with others and turning the shift of focus from food as a primary source of comfort to comfort in relationships with other people. She gives some practical tools you can use in the moment to connect with yourself and also emphasizes recovery in community. Finally she talks about how to use visualization and positive affirmations as tools towards empowerment for the holidays.

Some of the questions Dr Brenner-Liss answers:

  • How to deal with other people’s attention on my body?
  • How to be ok with eating more than I think I should?
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