Family-Based Treatment 

"A protected childhood allows for the slow development of identity, well-being, and resiliency." -- Kim John Payne, M.ED

"A protected childhood allows for the slow development of identity, well-being, and resiliency." -- Kim John Payne, M.ED

 

 

It is animal instinct to protect our young.

When your child is sick, you draw them in, comfort them, nourish them, and fiercely love them until they are strong again.

Childhood and Adolescent eating disorders are serious illnesses . . . and pernicious interlopers. They are hard to detect before physical consequences emerge and almost always have been living in your house longer than you think, rendering their young host a mere shell of their former self. Eating Disorders not only threaten your child's medical safety but also the precious development of their sense of self. Early detection is critical. 

Family-Based Treatment (FBT) is an early intervention designed to empower parents to play an active role in their child's recovery process. It offers a safe alternative to a disrupting inpatient hospitalization or day treatment program and has an evidence base to back it up as the first-line treatment approach for youngsters with eating disorders.

If you suspect your child may be flirting with or fully engaged in an eating disorder, get in touch. We strive to arm parents with the knowledge and support they need to protect their children and play an active role in setting them back on a healthy course of development.


Both Zoë and Amanda are certified in Family-Based Treatment through the Training Institute of Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. 


Resources for parents: 

  • Maudsley Parents: A site for parents of eating disordered children 
  • F.E.A.S.T  - Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders 
  • NEDA - Parent Tool Kit
  • Stories of Hope: If I Knew Then What I Now Know, By Laura Collins