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A Guide to Integrating Spirituality into Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders and Body Image Concerns

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Michael E. Berrett, PhD
1 Hour 05 Minutes
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Jan 19, 2022
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For many of our clients, to ignore the spiritual is to ignore their sense of the very essence of who they are. Use of clients’ spiritual beliefs in the process of treatment, recovery, and healing can be done ethically and respectfully in ways that improve clinical outcomes. Integration of spirituality into psychotherapy is especially important for those suffering eating disorders and body image concerns, the hallmark of which is disconnection from one’s true-identity. This session will show how attending to “the spiritual” need not detract from nor replace evidence based clinical interventions - rather, use of spiritually-inclusive clinical approaches can support and strengthen best practices.



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Michael E. Berrett, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with several decades' experience providing counseling and psychotherapy as well as serving in executive and leadership roles in healthcare settings. Dr. Berrett has been a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). he is co-founder and past CEO of Center for Change, specialized eating disorder hospital and treatment programs based in Orem, Utah. He is author or co-author of many publications including books, book chapters, articles, and professional peer review journal articles. Relevant to this talk, Dr. Berrett is co-Author of the 2007 APA bestselling book, Spiritual Approaches in the Treatment of Women with Eating Disorders. Following formal retirement in 2018, Dr. Berrett works part-time as a psychologist and business consultant at Berrett and Company, LLC, and as Senior Advisor at Bridges Psychotherapy Solutions.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Michael Berrett maintains a private practice. He is a clinical speaker and receives compensation, and he receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Berrett receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Michael Berrett is a member of the advisory board for Zions Children of Haiti Foundation.


  1. Analyze the role of spiritually-inclusive approaches in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns.
  2. Evaluate at least 3 ethical issues as it relates to clinical treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns.
  3. Devise at least 4 spiritually inclusive interventions that can be implemented in treatment of clients with eating disorders and body image concerns.


  • Importance of spiritually-inclusive psychotherapy for eating disorders 
  • Special Considerations: clinical competencies and ethical considerations 
  • Assessing and understanding the client's spirituality  
  • Spiritual inclusion: specific approaches, processes, principles, interventions 
  • Summary towards application: what’s your approach? experiential activity 
  • Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians 
  • Nurses 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals 


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