September 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Eating Disorder Foundation
1901 E 20th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
Sabrina Scanga

Conceiving A Healthy Recovery: Exploring the Connection between Eating Disorders and Shame related to Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Recovery.

Introducing guest speaker and author of the forthcoming book:

“The Clinical Guide to Fertility, Motherhood and Eating Disorders: From Shame to Self-Acceptance”

Kate Daigle, MA, NCC, LPC

Did you know that 20.7% of patients struggling with infertility have had an eating disorder?

Psychotherapy with this population can reveal shame rooted in unexpected difficulties in conception, pregnancy or early motherhood. The lack of open discussion around these topics increases internalized judgment and self-criticism. This presentation will focus on issues arising from challenges conceiving, sustaining a healthy pregnancy, and mother-child bonding in women who have had or currently have an eating disorder. The discussion will examine research linking the presence of anorexia nervosa, bulimia or binge eating disorder to fertility issues and experiential exercises exploring how to process this with clients will be outlined.  Kate will share some personal experiences from her own life and case studies to highlight the depth of these struggles.  This presentation will be a guide to addressing, working with, and healing from emotional struggles related to fertility and eating disorders both for practitioners who work with these issues regularly and for those who are wanting to learn about this topic.