Following an initial assessment, I collaborate with you to develop an individualized treatment plan which is tailored to meet your specific needs. The following is a summary of the empirically-supported treatment techniques I use as well as helpful internet resources and books that I recommend for parents.
|Top||Maudsley Method:Family-Based Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
Originally developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London, the Maudsley Method has shown great promise as an effective outpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in adolescents. In contrast to traditional psychotherapies, Maudsley treatment enlists the entire family as a resource in helping the adolescent battle the eating disorder. Treatment initially focuses on nutritional rehabilitation, weight restoration, cessation of purging, and return to physical health before any psychological work is done.
Read more about the Maudsley Method
Family-Based Treatment of Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa: The Maudsley Approach
By Daniel Le Grange, Ph.D. & James Lock, M.D., Ph.D.
|Top||Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT is typically a short-term (6-20 sessions), goal-oriented treatment which is designed to alleviate specific symptoms and problematic behaviors. CBT emphasizes the relationships among thoughts, behaviors, and emotions and teaches clients specific skills to improve their wellbeing by modifying thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors which are unhealthy, unproductive, or distressing. Research has supported the effectiveness of CBT in treating anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, sleep problems, and bulimia.
Read more about CBT
||Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT incorporates behavior therapy with mindfulness and dialectical philosophy (e.g., balance between acceptance and change). Initially developed to treat suicidal individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT has since been adapted for a variety of problems. The core components of DBT include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Research has supported the effectiveness of DBT for individuals who struggle with intense emotions, mood swings, self-harm, suicidal urges, impulsivity, and eating disorders.
Read more about DBT
|Top||Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a unique empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen personal values.
Read more about ACT
Hayes, S. C. (2007). Hello darkness: Discovering our values by confronting our fears.
Psychotherapy Networker, 31 (5), 46-52.
|Top||Internet resources for parents of eating-disordered children:
Maudsley Parents: A website for parents of eating disordered children
Website of Laura Collins, a writer whose daughter recovered from Anorexia Nervosa
FEAST: Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders
Online forum for parents of eating disordered children
|Top||Books I recommend for parents:
Help Your Teenager Beat An Eating Disorder
by James Lock, MD, PhD & Daniel Le Grange, PhD
The Guilford Press, 2005.
Eating With Your Anorexic: How My Child Recovered Through Family-Based Treatment and Yours Can Too
By Laura Collins
Skills-Based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method
By Janet Treasure, Ph.D., Grainne Smith, and Anna Crane
Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders
By Carrie Arnold
My Kid is Back: Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa
By June Alexander & Daniel Le Grange
Melbourne University Publishing, 2009
Feeding Your Anorexic Adolescent
By Claire P. Norton, MS, RD
Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia
By Harriet Brown
Harper Collins, 2010
Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders: How to Help Your Child Eat Well and Be Well
By Eva Musby
Give Food a Chance: A New View on Childhood Eating Disorders
By Julie O'Toole
PSI Press, 2010