My eating disorder work with children, adolescents and their families is informed by but not limited to the principals of the Maudsley Approach (also known as Family Based Treatment or FBT). With this approach I see parents and families as a crucial asset to recovery from eating disorders. FBT holds great promise as an evidence-based treatment modality for adolescents with eating disorders. This model prioritizes weight restoration as the first goal of intervention.
With Anorexia, my job as the nutrition professional is to help give parents the education, direction and confidence needed to successfully restore weight in their child so that other issues may be resolved and normal adolescent development can move forward. As treatment progresses I will help you return responsibility for food choices back to your child and will work with you and your team to support eating patterns that will be most useful for relapse prevention.
For adolescents who are motivated and willing to work individually and more independently with me on weight restoration, parents become more of a support team. With either model, I communicate openly and often with parents and encourage them to stay involved at varying levels throughout the nutrition restoration process.
Assessment is the first step. As part of your team, I will use my years of expertise and experience to assess your child and to help inform you of the best options available for treatment. I have years of experience in the Santa Barbara eating disorder treatment community and can help parents build a multi-disciplinary team utilizing the many excellent resources in our community. My practice is LGBTQ friendly!