Integrating Sexuality in Eating Disorder Treatment: Shadows, Shame & Resilience (Santa Barbara)

Please join us for a complimentary Educational Event 

adolescent eating disorder treatment

April 27th from 11:30am to 1pm

Opal Restaurant ~ 1325 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

(Lunch is provided by Reasons)

We will be offering 1 CE Credit for this event.*

Please RSVP by April 24th to Christie at [email protected] or 626.399.8361

Must register in advance to attend. Limited space available.

Navigating treatment for those struggling with eating disorders can be challenging, especially when there is co-occurring trauma, struggles with identity, and extreme body dissatisfaction. In this lecture we will be reviewing why talking about sexuality with your client struggling with an eating disorder is an integral part of the healing process. Struggles with sexuality can result in shame, isolation, addiction, and difficulties in interpersonal relationships, just to name a few. For most of our clients, talking about sexuality is an extremely dysregulating topic that often times results in coping through the use of behaviors, Talking about activating topics related to sexuality may be placed on the back burner out of fear of destabilizing a client. So when is the right time to talk about sexuality? How do I talk about sexuality with my client? What exactly do I talk about? Themes reviewed in this lecture include: working through shame around sexuality and integrating the shadow (identity, desires, pleasure), sexual trauma and treatment implications, and understanding eating disorder behaviors and what they may be metaphorically communicating in relation to sexuality.

Presented by Anna Governale, LMFT

Anna Governale completed her undergraduate degrees in psychology and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and then went on to pursue her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Anna began working for Reasons in May of 2011 as a program therapist, and has also served as interim program manager for the partial and intensive outpatient programs. She is currently the Program Director for Reasons inpatient and partial hospitalization programs at BHC Alhambra Hospital. She is DBT trained, and pulls from a variety of therapeutic orientations in her work with clients to assist them in their journey to wholeness and healing.

Goals & Objectives: 

  1. Understanding role of the shadow and shame in addressing sexuality with eating disorder population.
  2. Understanding of concept of food and behaviors as metaphor: cues to disharmony around sexuality
  3. How to address sexuality with clients who experience shame around sexuality- normalizing/ destigmatizing  sexuality, bringing topic of sex/sexuality into therapy, addressing sexuality from a human needs perspective, making peace with sexuality.
  4. Cultivate an understanding around why discussing sexuality with our clients who struggle with eating disorders is imperative to healing.

 *BHC Alhambra is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  BHC Alhambra maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.