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 am active 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.
In addition to specializing in the treatment of childhood Anorexia I also hold specialized training and experience in treating Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) in children. This previously was termed “extreme picky eating” but is now classified as an eating disorder and as such often requires specialized treatment. I have been trained by researchers, clinicians and leaders in the treatment of ARFID using the CBT-AR model. If you think your child has ARFID the first step in working with me is to schedule an evaluation and parent education session where I can evaluate your child’s food aversion patterns and discuss treatment options.