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Emotional and Disordered Eating: Trauma-Informed Clinical Tools to Heal Your Clients' Relationship with Food and Body

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Ann Saffi Biasetti, PhD, LCSWR, CEDS, CIAYT
6 Hours 34 Minutes
Jan 30, 2023
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When your clients struggle with eating, your first move as a therapist may be to develop plans for specific behavioural changes - a list of things clients can do instead of reaching for the fork or limiting food intake.

But these efforts won’t work over the long term. Emotional eating – and the eating disorders it can become – is rooted in nervous system dysregulation and disembodiment that behaviour change strategies alone won’t shift.

The body needs to be included for treatment to be effective. Without it, disembodiment will continue, keeping your clients stuck in the cycle of disordered eating and losing hope in your work with them.

Watch Ann Saffi Biasetti, PhD, LCSWR, CEDS, specialist in eating disorders and somatic psychotherapy, for this in-depth training where you’ll discover how to integrate the body in treatment in a way that fosters real change in your clients’ relationships with food and their bodies!

Packed with practical interventions, this comprehensive seminar will provide you with strategies to:

  • Shift from shame to empowerment from the very beginning of treatment
  • Calm the nervous system and regulate emotions without turning to food
  • Help clients re-establish body cues for hunger and fullness
  • Replace the harsh inner critic with self-compassion

Purchase today to help clients manage what is happening on the inside to build resilience, improve emotion regulation, and establish a new compassionate and forgiving relationship with their body!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 6.75 hours CPD.



Ann Saffi Biasetti, PhD, LCSWR, CEDS, CIAYT's Profile

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Dr. Ann Saffi Biasetti has been a practicing Psychotherapist for over 30 years. She specializes in somatic psychotherapy and is an eating disorder specialist. She has a PhD in transpersonal psychology and is licensed as a clinical social worker. She is a certified mindfulness teacher, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher, and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). She is an author, speaker and teacher of self-compassion and somatic interventions in eating disorder recovery, embodiment, women’s empowerment, and body image. She teaches in the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) program, where she shares her expertise in somatic self-compassionate interventions for ED recovery. She is the originator of the Befriending Your Body 8-Week Somatic Self-Compassion program of recovery. She has led well received retreats at Kripalu, Shambhala Mountain Center, and has led training workshops for professionals through PESI and through her Befriending Your Body (BFYB) certification program for eating disorder recovery. Her first book, Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating, was released through Shambhala publications in August 2018 and her most recent publication, The Awakening Self-Compassion Card Deck: 52 Practices for Self-Care, Healing and Growth, released through Shambhala Publications in December 2021.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Andreana Saffi Biasetti maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Andreana Saffi Biasetti is a member of the Polyvagal Institute, the Academy for Eating Disorders, the International Yoga Therapy Association, the National Association of Social Work, and the Yoga Alliance.


  1. Conduct psychoeducation about the nervous system and oppression-related cultural factors.
  2. Employ body literacy skills to improve clients’ interoceptive awareness.
  3. Apply somatic and nervous system tracking in session to improve emotion regulation.
  4. Utilize the skill of somatic tracking for co-regulation.
  5. Describe the three components of self-compassion and utilize self-compassion skills to reduce shame.
  6. Differentiate between emotional eating and a clinical eating disorder to determine appropriate level of care.


The Nervous System Intake
Reduce Shame and Open Self-Compassion
  • Redefining the term emotional eating
  • Why somatic interventions are imperative in breaking the cycle of disordered eating - and the state of the research on them
  • Polyvagal understanding of the autonomic nervous system
  • Embodiment tools for clients
  • Mapping the embodied states of the clinician’s own nervous system
  • A trauma-informed, embodied understanding of emotional and disordered eating
  • Case Examples and Practices:
    • Feet, spine and seat
    • Fluid breath
    • 3-stage breath
    • Release breath
What Happens in My Body, Happens in My Brain
How Embodiment Heals
  • The role of the limbic system
  • Interoceptive awareness as the missing link
  • Impact of the nervous system on hunger and fullness cues and eating behaviours
  • How to help clients develop body literacy
  • Case Examples and Practices:
    • Body scan for body literacy
    • Brain-based interoceptive awareness
Co-Regulation: Relationship Matters!
How the Therapist’s Nervous System Impacts Clients
  • Neuroception according to polyvagal theory
  • Embody neuroception in a session
  • Somatic tracking and intervention
  • Keys to building nervous system window of tolerance for eating-related behaviour change
  • Case Examples and Practices:
    • Embodying safety and protection
    • Somatic tracking demonstration
The Intersection of Culture and Disembodiment:
Systems that Dysregulate and Their Impact on Body Image
  • Embodiment and body image
  • Oppressive systems that cause dysregulation
  • Diet culture and media/marketing
  • Body image, nervous system, and emotions
  • Case Examples and Practices:
    • The way you were born
    • In this moment, with these feelings
Embodying Self-Compassion
Self-Compassion as Essential to Emotion Regulation
  • The three components of self-compassion
  • The power of self-compassion to balance, heal and repair emotional eating
  • Developing self-compassion when there is none to be found
  • How self-compassion decreases objectification and body shame
  • Help clients develop body forgiveness
  • Case Examples and Practices:
    • Embodying dysregulation with compassion
    • Body forgiveness
When Emotional Eating is Really Eating Disorder
And Other Clinical Considerations
  • Key diagnostic questions and assessments
  • When do clients need an eating disorder specialist or a higher level of care?
  • How to integrate treatment strategies and approaches - what does it mean to be somatically-informed?
  • Countertransference issues
  • Impact of the therapist’s own relationship with body, body image, food, and eating
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Registered Dieticians & Dietetic Technicians
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 88


Elizabeth K

"A new field for me, and I learned well beyond my expectations."

Mary O

"great presenter with deep info. Very useful"

Margaret M

"one of the best CEU's I have attended. Speaker was extremely knowelable about content, presented in a compassionate way. It was an excellent presentation with valuable information for a practicioner. "

Marilyn D

"Top notch clinician and presenter. Extensive experience shared with research. Has a way of lifting up/lightening the information to carry to the practice of helping others with knowledge and action. "

Joanne H

"Wonderful content and delivery. Ann practiced (and facilitated us to practice as well) the very approach and way of being and working that she was presenting to us. "

Annaliese H

"Great presentation! "

Ashley C

"Great webinar and over presentation Ann! Really enjoyed the class. Our team of dietitians are working on implementing this into our daily practice."

Kelsey P

"I am so glad this subject is being taught! "

Margaret P

"Wow. Great course! Challenging and interesting. I have a lot to learn but this presenter was so organized in her delivery, building ideas on top of each other. "

Janet S

"For me - at lot of new information."

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