Interpersonal Treatment of Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating and Body Image Issues

Sunday, April 14, 2019
11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Presented by:
Jean Petrucelli, PhD

Interpersonal Treatment of Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating and Body Image Issues: Integrating Neurobiology, Attachment, Affect Regulation and Clinical Conundrums

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies
250 West 57th Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10107

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Turning away from the conspicuous phenomena of transgender experience, with an eye toward locating and illuminating the transgender edge in cisgender, this paper explores the relationship between men and the Vaginal, both material and fantasized. Positing the Vaginal as a counterpart to the Phallic, the author aims to de-link vaginal psychic and embodied states from the strictly female so that, like the Phallic, they can be accessed by people of all genders and sexes. This concept goes beyond the conceptual, to the fleshy, embodied experience of many transgender men, who live in whole, partial, and/or temporary “female” bodies. It can also be applied to the physio-psychic reality of many cisgender men. Included is the discussion of a case in which a gay cisgender male patient experiences and fantasizes his anus as a vagina.


Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D. is a Supervising Analyst, Faculty, Director & Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service and Educational Program(EDCAS);  at The William Alanson White Institute; Faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program and the Institute for Contemporary Psychology (ICP); Associate editor for Contemporary Psychoanalysis; Editor of five books: including winner of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) 2016 Edited Book, Body-States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Routledge,2015).

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The event is free, but pre-registration is required.