Debra L. Safer et al.

Oct 17, 2017

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating and Bulimia

The Guilford Press 2009

purchase at For many people who binge eat, strong emotions can be a cue that leads to a pattern of maladaptive eating behaviors. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach to treating binge eating (and other disorders), which works simultaneously on both acceptance and change processes. Traditional DBT techniques like mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance, are a promising approach to the treatment of binge eating and underlying emotional processes. In this interview, cross-posted from the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock, Dr. Diana Hill interviews Debra Safer, MD on the application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Binge Eating Disorder. Dr. Safer discusses use of strategies from DBT that are helpful for people who tend to binge eat in response to strong emotions. Dr. Safer is an expert on DBT for binge eating and bulimia and is the Co-Director of the Stanford Adult Eating and Weight Disorders Clinic. She obtained her MD from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her residency, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship in eating disorder intervention research, within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Debra Safer is an author to many peer reviewed research articles, chapters and books on Dialectical Behavior Therapy including Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Binge Eating and Bulimia (The Gillford Press, 2008)She has also co-authored a workbook for self-study that will be published in 2018.

Diana Hill, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist practicing in Santa Barbara, California, and a co-host of the podcast Psychologists Off The Clock.

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