Treatment


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.

Treatment and Techniques

  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)techniques
  • Maudsley Method:Family-Based Treatment For Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
  • Resources

  • Internet Resources for Parents of Eating-Disordered Children
  • Recommended Books for Parents



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    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.

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    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.

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    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
    http://www.maudsleyparents.org/

    Website of Laura Collins, a writer whose daughter recovered from Anorexia Nervosa
    www.laurassoapbox.net

    FEAST: Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders
    http://www.feast-ed.org/

    Online forum for parents of eating disordered children
    http://www.aroundthedinnertable.org/
       
    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
    McGraw-Hill, 2004

    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
    Routledge, 2007

    Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders
    By Carrie Arnold
    Routledge, 2013

    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
    Nutripress, 2009

    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
    Aprica, 2014

    Give Food a Chance: A New View on Childhood Eating Disorders
    By Julie O'Toole
    PSI Press, 2010


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