Book Review of Frisbie's A Therapist’s Guide to Treating Eating Disorders in a Social Media Age.


  • Hillary Sharpe City University of Seattle/Athabasca University



Eating disorders and other “sub-clinical” problems such as disordered eating and body shame/dissatisfaction grow more prevalent in our society. This is particularly true since the advent of COVID-19 changed our social landscape, leading to increases in isolation and anxiety and in the use of technology to work, to connect, and to live. Social media in this age present both barriers and possibilities for mental health and identity development, particularly for individuals who suffer from eating disorders and related problems. In her seminal first book, Shauna Frisbie deftly weaves through each of these topics, creating a tapestry for both novice and expert clinicians to view and understand how social media consumption can be assessed, dismantled, and harnessed to help clients who struggle with disordered eating. Guided by the central topics of selfhood and identity development and by the techniques of phototherapy, Dr. Frisbie creates a compelling story that draws on both research and case studies from her practice.

Author Biography

Hillary Sharpe, City University of Seattle/Athabasca University

Hillary Sharpe works in private practice and teaches graduate-level courses in counselling psychology at City University of Seattle (Calgary campus) and at Athabasca University. Her areas of interest and expertise include helping clients address trauma and disordered eating, the use of somatic therapies, art therapy, and animal-assisted therapy, particularly equine-facilitated counselling.




How to Cite

Sharpe, H. (2021). Book Review of Frisbie’s A Therapist’s Guide to Treating Eating Disorders in a Social Media Age. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 55(3), 410–412.



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