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When the Body Speaks: Eating Disorders Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory

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Paula Scatoloni, LCSW, CEDS |  Rachel Lewis, MS, EDS, LPC, LMBT
59 Minutes
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Nov 05, 2021
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Eating disorders are complex, multi-layered and pernicious. And yet, even the best evidenced-based interventions currently available have limited long-term outcomes. Ironically, the body, the very stage where the war is waged, may be the missing link to effective treatment for eating disorders. Embodied Recovery is a new model of treatment designed to bring the body itself to the forefront of the treatment process. Grounded in the science of Polyvagal Theory, the ERED model addresses the role of neurobiological organization, the subjective experience of self, and our basic human needs for attachment and defence on our capacity to eat and digest effectively.



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Paula Scatoloni, LCSW, CEDS's Profile

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Paula Scatoloni, LCSW, CEDS, is a psychotherapist, Certified Disorders Specialist, and integrative embodiment educator in Chapel Hill, NC. She has worked in the field of eating disorders for over two decades. Paula served as the Eating Disorder Coordinator at Duke University CAPS for nine years and has taught extensively on the etiology and treatment of eating disorders through workshops, professional trainings, and conferences. Her background includes teaching embodied movement classes at treatment centers and co-developing the first intensive outpatient program for eating disorders in the US with Dr. Anita Johnston. Paula is the co-developer of The Embodied Recovery Institute and the Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders model. She maintains a private practice in Durham, NC.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paula Scatoloni is the co-founder of Embodied Recovery Institute, and she maintains a private practice. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paula Scatoloni is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Rachel Lewis, MS, EDS, LPC, LMBT's Profile

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Rachel Lewis, MS, EDS, LPC, LMBT, is a somatically integrative psychotherapist, dually-licensed in counseling and therapeutic massage and bodywork and the Co-founder of the Embodied Recovery Institute, which provides training to eating disorders professional in a trauma-informed, relationally-oriented and somatically integrated model of eating disorders treatment.

She is Certified Advanced Practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and has advanced training and 25+ years’ experience in diverse somatic therapies including Craniosacral Therapy, Energetic Osteopathy, Oncology massage and Aromatherapy. Rachel began providing somatically integrative psychotherapy to eating disorders patients at the residential, PHP and IOP levels of care.

Currently in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC, Rachel works with people healing from trauma, eating disorders, and dissociative disorders. She has extensive experience as a teacher and presenter, focusing on accessing the body's unique capacity to give voice to the subconscious and to lay the foundation for healing and maintaining psychological and physical health.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rachel Lewis-Marlow is the co-founder of the Embodied Recovery Institute and she maintains a private practice. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Rachel Lewis-Marlow is a member of the American Counseling Association, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, and the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Alumni Organization.

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  1. Propose how the systems of attachment, defence, and sensory processing are connected to our capacity to eat and digest effectively through the lens of Polyvagal Theory and correlated models the human behaviour.
  2. Demonstrate how Polyvagal Theory is applied to the four principles of the ERED model.
  3. Apply two body-based, Polyvagal-informed, interventions that support regulation of affect, cognition, and digestion when working with eating disorders.


  • Treating Eating Disorders: Current Approaches, Why We Need a Body-Based, Polyvagal-Informed Lens.
  • The application of Polyvagal Theory into the 4 Elements of Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders.
  • Treating eating disorders from the bottom-up: review two body-based interventions that are Polyvagal-informed, including the integration of Safe and Sound Protocol as evidenced through a case summary.

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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