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CBT for body image disturbance in eating disorders: what every clinician should know

Dr Vicki Mountford

Tuesday, 14 January 2025


Body image disturbance is a core feature of eating disorder pathology and can be seen as challenging to treat and slow to improve. Negative body image can cause significant distress to clients and lead to a range of checking and avoidance behaviours. This training will consider body image across the lifespan and how we can address it within a cognitive behaviour therapy framework. 

The event will be equivalent to 2 hrs of CPD.


This training will have a strong clinical focus with the emphasis on ensuring attendees grasp the essential basics of how to work with negative body image. The training will cover an introduction to body image and how to assess and formulate negative body image with your client. We will then consider a range of core treatment techniques (e.g., psychoeducation, behavioural experiments, exposure, compassion and values focused techniques) and how to develop the appropriate intervention plan for your individual patient.

Learning Objectives

• Develop an understanding of body image, particularly in relation to the eating disorders
• Develop skills in assessment and formulation of negative body image
• Able to select and implement treatment techniques

Training Modalities

This 2 hour workshop will include a combination of didactic content, polls and question and answer session.

Key References

Fairburn, C., G. (2008). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Eating Disorders. Guilford Press.

Waller, G., Cordery, H., Corstorphine, E., Hinrichsen, H., Lawson, R., Mountford, V. & Russell, K. (2007). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide. Cambridge University Press.

Wood-Barcalow, Tylka & Judge. (2021) Positive Body Image Workbook. Cambridge University Press.

About the presenter

Dr Victoria Mountford, BA(Hons), DClinPsy, is Lead Clinical Psychologist and Eating Disorder Service Lead at Sage Clinics in Dubai. She combines her clinical work with research and teaching. She has over twenty years’ experience of working with individuals with eating disorders and body image concerns and their families. She was part of the founding team who developed FREED, the first early intervention eating disorder service in the UK. She is a supervisor and lecturer on the MANTRA training course. She has published widely, including three books Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide (2007), Beating Your Eating Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioural Self Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers (2010) and Brief Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Non-Underweight Patients: CBT-T for Eating Disorders (2019). Her research interests include early intervention, body image and cognitive behaviour therapy. In 2020 she was jointly awarded the Outstanding Clinician Award by the Academy of Eating Disorders.

Who should attend

This event is suitable for all clinicians with an interest in eating disorders and body image. Some existing knowledge of cognitive behaviour therapy will be of benefit.

Details coming soon

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