Ayelet spent six years of her adolescence in and out of hospital, having been diagnosed as suffering from a severe anorexia disorder. She is now a special needs teacher. In the first part of this book Ayelet describes her personal experiences of the illness, the repeated hospitalisations and her ultimate recovery, illustrated with examples of her drawing and writing from when she was ill.
Tammie Ronen, her therapist, outlines the step-by-step progress of the therapy from the professional angle, describing in detail the decision-making and treatment considerations specific to Ayelet's life and context. She also includes comprehensive overviews of contemporary research into anorexia and of cognitive constructivist methods.
This interweaving of theory, practice and personal experience offers the reader unique insight into the reality of the illness and demonstrates the effectiveness of integrative and creative methods, and the central importance of a good relationship between the client and the therapist. The book is a rich source of inspiration and guidance for therapists and other professionals, as well as for people with eating disorders and their families.
Tammie Ronen is a senior lecturer and head of the counselling programme in child clinical studies at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University; she also heads the university research centre for child treatment and empowerment. She is president of the Israeli Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Therapy. She is an experienced supervisor and therapist. She has published and lectured widely around the world and is the author of Cognitive Developmental Therapy with Children. Ayelet is a special education teacher.
Foreword, by Michael Mahoney. Preface: Before we begin. Part One: Ayelet's Story - On becoming anorexic 1. Introduction: Was I ever a normal child? 2. Childhood. 3. Between me and myself. 4. From a healthy child to becoming anorexic. 5. Learning to act anorexic. 6. Receiving the diagnosis. 7. My first hospitalisation. 8. Is there anyone who can help me? 9. My first attempt to commit suicide. 10. Medical assessment. 11. In the cuckoo's nest: My fourth hospital. 12. Will I ever be normal? Part Two: The Therapist's Story - The Challenge of Treating Ayelet. 13. Family History. 14. Multi-Targeted treatment for Ayelet. 15. Treatment considerations. 16. Rationale for the decision to work with Ayelet using cognitive-constructivist therapy. 17. Family intervention. 18. Individual therapy. 19. Working with her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 20. Working with her anxieties and fears. 21. Encouraging Ayelet to study. 22. Incorporating Ayelet's creativity, imagination and talents. 23. Social skills training. 24. Starting the journey towards self-acceptance. 25. Couple therapy. Part Three: Review of Anorexia. Part Four: Cognitive-Constructivist Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Part Five: The Self-Control Model for Children and Adolescents - Guidelines for Therapists. Part Six: Epilogue. References. Index.