Often, those closest to us can be our greatest asset in recovery. Research has shown that when the family learns new relationship skills and gains a deeper understanding of the role an eating disorder, compulsive eating, or body image disturbance plays in the life of the client, recovery is quicker and more sustainable. You and your therapist can determine how to best involve the people who can help you get better.
Parent and Caregiver Consultations Are a Good Way to Start
Our parent and caregiver consultations provide answers to your questions about how to best approach your child or loved one about an eating disorder, body image issue, or addiction behavior. This is often the first step for helping them enter treatment. When appropriate, we offer skills training for families and loved ones understand the dynamics of these self-destructive behaviors and how they can best support their loved one during recovery. The model most seen in treating children with eating disorders is known as Family Based Therapy (FBT), and can be adapted to help adults as well.
Modified Family-Based Therapy
We make sure the spouse and/or family is included in the treatment plan, following a modified family-based therapy (FBT) for the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring issues. When appropriate, the family is brought in as the primary source of treatment. Rather than the therapist and the client working alone to figure out what needs to change, the family works together to create new, healthy behavior patterns for the client and honest communication for the family as a whole to maintain that healthy change.
We urge you to contact us today if you fear that your child or other relative may have an eating disorder, or other destructive behaviors such as cutting. Our coordinator will advise you about the best next steps to take, and help you understand your options.