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The Epigenetics and Neurochemical Etiology of Eating Disorders

Rebecca Cooper

Eating Disorders are often misunderstood and rarely examined from a scientific viewpoint. This presentation explains the neurochemical, genetic and environmental etiology of eating disorders and the treatment implications. Participants will learn assessment tools, have a more complete understanding of these disorders and have proven methods to help their patients. There are neurochemical changes that occur in patients with eating disorders. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa have different chemicals that promote the respective disorders. Studies are now showing that binge eating can alter brain functioning and promote addiction-like properties in response to some foods. 

Psychotherapy Meets Africa
7th World Congress on Psychotherapy
25-29 August 2014, Durban, South Africa
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Rebecca Cooper

Ms. Cooper is an International Speaker educating professionals about eating disorders, disordered eating, food addictions, and obesity. She has presented to mental health professionals on the treatment of eating disorders in Portugal, Jerusalem, Israel, Buenos Aries, Argentina, Panama City, Panama, Durban, South Africa. Her mission is to bring awareness of disordered eating and her methods used for recovery for a life-time!
Ms. Cooper is the author of several published articles about disordered eating, food addictions, eating disorders and recovery. In addition to her books, on-line sessions, DVDs and CDs about her program, she has appeared on television on CBS, CNN, ABC, FOX, Christian talk shows, and Bravo. Rebecca has been the guest speaker on internet/radio shows. She is also the eating disorder specialist on
Ms. Cooper has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is a California licensed therapist (LMFT), licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), Board Certified Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Diplomate American Psychotherapy Association, Diplomate of Clinical Forensic Counseling, and obtained a World Certificate for Psychotherapy.
Rebecca Cooper is the Founder of the world renowned Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs™ located in Orange County, California. Her team of psychologists, therapists, registered dietitians, exercise physiologist, psychiatrist, trauma / EMDR therapists and medical doctors have successfully treated thousands of people with eating disorders and disordered eating. She was the first President of the Orange County Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp). She is currently the Certification Chair for the Orange County iaedp Chapter.
Rebecca is the author of the Diets Don’t Work® Structured Program and the Diets Don’t Work® Workbook, both are a step-by-step program for disordered eating. This innovative program is successfully being used at Rebecca's House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs and by recovery homes, therapists, and clients world-wide.

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