Angela Wurtzel - 4/10 Luncheon: Envy & Emptiness: The Psychodynamics of Cosmetic Surgery and Eating Disorders

  • April 10, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


  • This is the standard rate for non- SB CAMFT members and guests.
  • This special discounted rate is a SB CAMFT member benefit available to current members of the Santa Barbara CAMFT Chapter.

Registration is closed

Our luncheon is generously sponsored by Recovery Road Medical Center.

The wish to modify the body comes from the unconscious experiences of envy and emptiness before it is made into a conscious act. Cosmetic surgery and eating disorders are viewed acceptable in society which may interfere with the taxing effort to understand and conceivably resolve the unconscious subjective meanings of envy and emptiness that lead to body modification, starvation, bingeing and purging and binge eating. Unformulated experiences are absent of language and the result is that the experience stays in the body and the body speaks what the mind cannot digest.

The process of psychodynamic psychotherapy provides the potential space for talking about anything that comes to mind and the clinician helps the patient find meaning and feeling in their words. Addressing the unconscious experiences of envy and emptiness with reflexive listening allows for thinking psychologically rather than concretely, which will result in new and useful information to broaden a patient’s awareness. This presentation will provide an in depth look at these ideas within the case material of a 25 year old patient who engages in eating disorder behavior and cosmetics surgery. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe 2-3 psychodynamic origins of envy and emptiness. 
  • Describe 3 ways that envy and emptiness are correlated, as well as the wish to modify and control one's body image and appearance.
  • Apply the use of 2-3 psychodynamic and somatic concepts, as well as reflective listening in the therapy dyad when presented with patients who engage in eating disorder behaviors and body modification. 

Angela R. Wurtzel, MA, LMFT, CEDS-S, has been in private practice in Santa Barbara CA for 21 years, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, self injury, compulsive shopping and prenatal and postpartum concerns for mothers and their babies and children. Angela offers individual, group and family psychodynamic psychotherapy both in person and virtually. Angela is an iaedp certified eating disorder specialist and approved supervisor. She frequently provides supervision, consultation and presentations nationally and locally. Angela has also served on CAMFT, AAMFT & IAEDP local board of directors. 

Big thank you to our luncheon sponsor  Recovery Road Medical Center.

Please Note:

  • Attendees will earn 1.5 CEUs 
  • Attendees must register and pay in advance in order to attend
  • Your registration includes a delicious lunch buffet. Please contact the Events Director if you have special dietary needs or grievances at 
  • You are welcome to park in the University Club parking lot in unreserved spaces
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA Compliant.

Register now for the SBCAMFT luncheon on April 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM at The University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Warm regards,

Rebecca Capps, Programs Director

Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT

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