Chapter 8

Long-Term Dynamic Group Therapy with Bulimic Patients: A Clinical Discussion

W. Nicholson Browning

This chapter will present and discuss clinical experience of long-term group therapy with bulimic patients gained during the past 21 months at the Mass. General Hospital.*

These groups were intended to be run in long-term, dynamically-oriented treatment format. In this regard, they differ from most of the group work described to date, which has been largely oriented toward behavioral treatment in short-term formats. Several assumptions underlie dynamic group psychotherapy for these patients:

1)  Bulimia in normal weight women, as well as in underweight women and previously anorexic women, represents a psychiatric disorder with significant ...

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