Trauma, Attachment, and Eating Disorders

Course Description


The session will begin with an overview of eating disorders and attachment theory, followed by a discussion on how trauma is related to the development of eating disorders with an emphasis on the role attachment trauma plays in the epidemiology of eating disorders. The last section will illustrate the steps necessary to prepare a client who suffers from trauma, attachment ruptures, and eating disorder symptomology for treatment. This section will include techniques for self-regulation, safety and stabilization, and psychoeducation. The session will conclude with an overview of potential next steps and treatment prioritization.

Learning Objectives


  • Participants will be able to identify factors to improve treatment outcomes for eating disorder clients.
  • Participants will gain a clearer understanding of attachment theory.
  • Participants will learn how to prepare eating disorder clients for treatment and potential trauma resolution.
  • Participants will learn about different assessment measures to increase efficacy of treatment.
  • Participants will be able to identify stages for treating complex cases involving eating disorders and trauma.
  • Participants will be able to identify several factors that contribute to eating disorders.

Leah Miller, MC, LAC


Leah Miller is a skilled, multi-disciplinary therapist with a devotion to helping clients exceed their goals and thrive. Her approach draws on her extensive experience and training, and a true dedication to helping people transform. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Phoenix Seminary located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Leah also holds a health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has trained with Dr. Leslie Korn, PhD in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Practitioners. Leah is currently enrolled in a yearlong advanced training in Mental Health Nutrition. Leah is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is also in her intermediate year of Somatic Experiencing Practitioners training, a three-year certification in somatic work—a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and other stress disorders.

Leah’s work is underwritten by her holistic approach to meeting vital mental health and wellness objectives. She utilizes her dynamic background to help clients approach their goals through a mind-body-spirit paradigm, allowing them to transcend past limitations and create a foundation for lasting wellness. Leah weaves her knowledge of psychology, health, nutrition, and lifestyle choices with trauma resolution modalities such as somatic experiencing and EMDR to help people re-connect with their best selves and flourish.

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