“For the Brides of Ed” exhibit features new approach to treating eating disorders

Kit - Blue Eagle Bag, 2008“For The Brides of Ed,” an art exhibit featuring a pioneering new approach to treating eating disorders, is on display at University of Rochester’s Edward G. Miner Library from September 3 through November 30. The multimedia exhibit focuses on the integration of art therapy, brain-body processing, and memory reconsolidation in eating disorder patients.

Lauren Lazar Stern, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, and NYC-based prescriptive artist, Nancy Gershman, exhibit co-creators, work with people who suffer from a range of eating disorders that numb them from feeling hurt, conflicted, or anything at all…over-eaters, binge or binge-purgers, restricters, extreme dieters, and over-exercisers. Only one thing takes precedence over boyfriends, husbands, jobs, friends, hobbies and studies and that is their primary relationship with “Ed” (their eating disorder).

In “Brides of Ed” Stern and Gershman introduce their pioneering approach for helping patients divorce the eating disorder part of themselves and reclaim what they loved before “Ed.” Stern’s techniques come first, with expressive arts exercises and brain-body processing with EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).

Prescriptive photomontage follows next, with Healing Dreamscapes co-created with Stern’s patients, visualizations that reframe the past or envision a future with happier outcomes. “The sensory imagery, symbols, metaphors and narrative elements,” says Gershman, “trigger the brain to retrieve a memory, re-encode it and thus, transform it.” These tangible objects of hope act as surrogate reinforcers, arresting triggers and preventing relapse in Stern’s absence – and a reminder that there is life after “Ed.”

Nancy Gershman www.artforyoursake.com is a New York-based digital artist specializing in prescriptive photomontage to counter loss and regrets. Her work has appeared in Annals of American Psychotherapy, NYU Langone Medical Center, and the Loyola University Museum of Art.

Lauren Lazar Stern, MA, ATR-BC, LPC www.laurenlazarstern.com is a Pittsburgh-based art psychotherapist and EMDR therapist working with girls and women suffering from eating disorders and body image disturbance. She is author of The Slender Trap: A Food and Body Workbook.

This exhibit is generously co-sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies and the University Interdisciplinary Cluster on Health and Human Values.

For more information:  Nancy Gershman nancy@artforyoursake.com, 773-255-4677 (EST)

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Edward G. Miner Library
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Monday – Friday:  7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Submitted by Susan Andersen

One Response to “For the Brides of Ed” exhibit features new approach to treating eating disorders

  1. […] by Prescriptive Artist Nancy Gershman in collaboration with Psychotherapist Lauren Lazar Stern, University of Rochester’s Edward G. Miner Library opens Sept. 3 with an exhibit about the integration of art therapy, brain-body processing and […]

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