Binge eating disorder is the most underdiagnosed eating disorders, yet it occurs at very high rates in trauma survivors. In this candid interview, Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, explores the intersection of eating disorders and trauma, as well as the implications for treatment.
Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, CCTP-II, is the Founder of Bodywise, the first binge eating disorder (BED)-specific treatment program in the United States, founded in 1995.She is the Director of Pershing Consulting, which offers training to clinicians treating BED around the world.Amy is also the creator of "Hungerwise™," a 9-week program for ending chronic dieting and weight cycling using the Attuned Eating And Movement approach, offered nationally online.Based on over 30 years of clinical experience, Amy has pioneered a treatment approach for BED that is strengths-based, incorporating Internal Family Systems, somatic trauma techniques, Attuned Eating and Movement, and a Health at Every Size philosophy.Amy lectures internationally and writes extensively on the treatment of BED and her own recovery journey for both professional and lay communities.She has been featured on radio, podcast, and television speaking about BED treatment and recovery, relapse prevention, weight stigma, and attuned eating and movement.She is a founding member and Past Chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and is the winner of BEDA's Pioneer in Clinical Advocacy award.She is the author of the book Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery and Beyond as well as many articles and chapters about BED treatment and advocacy.
Financial: Amy Pershing is the founding director of Bodywise and the Vice President of The Center for Eating Disorders. She receives royalties as a published author. Amy Pershing receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Amy Pershing is a member of the National Register of Eating Disorders Professionals and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is a founding board member of the Eating Disorders Action Network and The Body Freedom Project. She is the membership chair for the Eating Disorders Professional League of Michigan.