Article: Women are Dying: A Narrative Therapy Approach to Anorexia & Bulimia. Elliot Golden & Stephen Madigan (Canada)

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Graduate Student’s ask what is a good way to learn narrative therapy practice and theory.  The quick answer is – working in the area of dis-ordered eating. What Elliot Goldner and Stephen Madigan had hoped to write in this chapter was not a catch-all theory/practice, but rather putting forth sets of anti-individualist ideas and approaches that appear to be helpful to most of the people they had worked with who were struggling against anorexia and bulimia. Stephen’s co-author and very good friend Elliot Goldner died suddenly and young in 2017. Elliot was the head psychiatrist in charge of Eating Disorders for the Province of British Columbia Canada. His therapeutic and political position was incredibly ‘pro-narrative therapy’ and without him using his power and position to pave the way, much of what Stephen and the women of the the Anti-anorexia League were able to do – would not have been possible. We do miss Elliot Goldner a lot.


Stephen Madigan MSW, PhD


Stephen Madigan is an award-winning narrative therapist and best-selling author of Narrative Therapy – theory and practice (2011, 2019 and – 3rd Edition published in 2023). He is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, content creator for, invented the new practice of narrative therapy-informed Relational Interviewing with couple relationships, and wrote…

Elliot Goldner MD FRCP


Elliot Goldner is a psychiatrist-researcher who founded and directed the Eating Disorders Program at Providence Health Care, directed Outpatient Psychiatry at the University Hospital in Vancouver and founded and has directed two research centres – one at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the other at Simon Fraser University. Elliot also founded and directed…


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  1. VSNT says:

    When I saw this article posted up today it brought back so many fond memories of my friend and colleague Elliot Goldner. He was a quiet, humorous and brilliant force of nature who used his political clout behind the scenes to make room for amazing things to happen. The Vancouver Anti-anorexia League members revered him – as did I.

    I’ll always remember the time he and I were asked to present at the International Eating Disorder conference in London, England and somehow he convinced the organizers to pay for his entire band to come along and play at the conference party. And yes . . . it was a wild party indeed.


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