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Lasagna for Lunch: Declaring Peace With Emotional Eating

About the Course:

Lasagna for Lunch: Declaring Peace with Emotional Eating (New Forge Press, 2013) takes readers behind the scenes with Mary Anne Cohen, Director of The New York Center for Eating Disorders and a psychotherapist with over 40 years experience. Therapists and their patients will learn how to formulate unique and comprehensive treatment plans for emotional eating disorders: binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, chronic dieting, and body image disorders. Every person’s eating problem is unique as a fingerprint. For many people, trusting and loving food is safer than trusting and loving people: food never leaves you, dies, or criticizes you. It is the only relationship where we get to say when, where, and how much. No other relationship complies with our needs so absolutely!

Ms. Cohen explores in depth binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, obesity, exercise addiction, men and eating disorders, sexual and substance abuse, bariatric surgery, night eating syndrome, pregnancy, older women, medication, frozen grief, and the healing role of psychotherapy. Ms. Cohen pioneers the topic of the fear of success in resolving an eating disorder. She describes how the therapy relationship comes to mirror the eating disorder and therefore exploring the transference becomes a key tool in helping patients recover.

Lasagna for Lunch has been called “a feast,” “powerful, beautifully written, and funny!,” “like a close friend, she vividly shares the lives of her clients and herself to illuminate how eating disorders develop as a creative solution to inner turmoil,” “offers a degree of authenticity often absent in such books,” “reads like part novel, part detective story, with her accumulated wisdom presented clearly and with humor.” This is a compassionate guide that helps readers strategize their own personal path to recovery.

This course is based on the book, Lasagna for Lunch: Declaring Peace With Emotional Eating created by Mary Anne Cohen, L.C.S.W. in 2013.


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Mary Anne Cohen, L.C.S.W.
Mary Anne Cohen is a professional psychotherapist since 1972 and director of The New York Center for Eating Disorders. She is author of Lasagna for Lunch: Declaring Peace with Emotional Eating (New Forge Press, 2013) and French Toast for Breakfast: Declaring Peace with Emotional Eating (Gurze, 1995, Spanish Edition, 1997). She has also hosted her own radio show on eating disorders in New York on AM and FM radio. Ms. Cohen has also appeared on national television and lectures extensively to professional and community groups. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Eating Disorder Council of Long Island and is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association. Her professional associations include the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the Society of Clinical Social Workers, she is a Diplomate of the National Association of Social Workers, and Board Certified by The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. Ms. Cohen maintains a private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn as well as teaching and supervising other professionals.

Mary Anne Cohen, L.C.S.W. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Mary Anne Cohen
Mary Anne Cohen is a professional psychotherapist since 1972 and Director of The New York Center for Eating Disorders. She is author of Lasagna for Lunch: Declaring Peace with Emotional Eating (New Forge Press, 2013) and French Toast for Breakfast: Declaring Peace with Emotional Eating (New Forge Press, 2016, Spanish Edition, 1997).

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers who seek knowledge about treatment plans for emotional eating disorders. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Articulate and explain the range of eating disorder symptomatology and psychodynamics.
  2. Formulate an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan for individual patients with eating disorders.
  3. Explain the role of early childhood attachment problems in the development of eating disorders.
  4. Articulate the connection between sexual abuse, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
  5. Integrate psychodynamic and behavioral treatment techniques.
  6. Illustrate knowledge of how to utilize the transference issues of binge eating, bulimic, and anorexic patients to enhance the success of the treatment and prevent premature termination.

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