I am delighted to announce that Bart Walsh, LCSW, Kartini Clinic’s individual and hypnotherapist of many years, will be presenting three workshops at the 20th Annual International Eating Disorder Conference, one of Europe’s leading eating disorders conferences, October 18-20. The conference takes place in the picture perfect alpine village of Alpbach, Austria. Bart's presentations are listed below; hopefully some of you will be able to join him!

Rapid Remission of Eating Disorder Symptoms and Implications for Behavioral Epigenetics Treatment

Abstract: This clinical intervention consistently results in rapid remission of the anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder symptom complex.  Prior research and evidence contributing to the development of this treatment approach has been synthesized from eating disorder research, epigenetics/behavioral epigenetic studies and literature documenting functional unconscious communication. This procedure employs a specific form of body language known as ideomotor signaling. Experiential exercises will introduce participants to essential neurobiological communication (ENBC) which allows the clinician to safely bypass cognition while accessing information about psychobiological process.  After experiencing this intervention, clients are instructed how to effectively disable eating disorder symptoms on their own whenever symptoms are reactivated. Clients are thus able to maintain full management of the eating disorder. Scientific evidence implicates the genetic substrate of the eating disorders listed above. The scientific field of epigenetics attempts to understand what conditions influence gene expression. This presentation provides an overview of epigenetics and implications for behavioral epigenetics treatment of eating disorders.

Effective management of chronic anxiety and depression with essential neurobiological communication

Abstract: Chronic anxiety and depression present significant challenges for those affected by these conditions. A behavioral treatment which accesses deep levels of psychobiological functioning facilitates remission of these debilitating conditions. This treatment, conceptualized as essential neurobiological communication (ENBC), incorporates a form of body language known as ideomotor signaling. Because these are chronic conditions, the affected individual learns how to fully manage these states on their own. Also presented is a non-invasive, structured protocol for reducing the adverse influence of unresolved emotion on present experience. Essential to this model is a progressive ratification sequence intended to ground emotional adjustments in thought, perception and behavior. This brief procedure is a useful adjunct to other treatment modalities and instrumental in clarifying the focus of treatment. Given adequate time, a demonstration with a volunteer will illustrate this approach.

How hypnosis can be employed to establish a realistic body image in the eating disordered

Abstract: A driving force in an eating disorder like anorexia nervosa is a distorted body image. When successful treatment allows for the effective management of eating disorder thoughts and behaviors, body image is often the last thing to change, if it changes at all. The psychobiological dynamics of eating disorders engage significant hypnotic phenomena such as various forms of dissociation, hallucination, time distortion and catalepsy. This poses hypnosis as a good fit for particular parts of treatment.  Presented here is an overview of four hypnotic approaches designed to establish of a reality-based body image or destabilize a distorted body image in the eating disordered individual, over a relatively brief treatment sequence. Conditional prerequisites for application of these interventions are described and case examples  illustrate each approach. A discussion on some of the rationale for formulating these strategies is offered.