If you’re the parent or guardian of a younger eating disordered client, know that you’re not alone. Using the Maudsley Approach, also known as Family-Based Treatment (FBT), I offer guidance for parents and guardians so they can confidently support their children through recovery.

 
 

 
 

What is the Maudsley Approach?

The Maudsley Approach, also known as Family Based Treatment (FBT), is based on creating a positive at-home support system for eating disordered children. During outpatient treatment, parents play an active role in their child’s recovery by guiding the adolescent through three steps.

 

Step 1

The first step is to restore the child’s weight to a normal range dependent on age and height. This requires parents to take back control of the adolescent's meals, as opposed to allowing the eating disorder to control household meals.

Step 2

The second step is to give control over eating back to the adolescent, while continuing to encourage ongoing healthy behaviors and habits. This phase is initiated once the adolescent and family have regained control from the eating disorder.

 

Step 3

The third and final step is to assist in the establishment of a healthy adolescent identity once self-starvation has subsided. This includes supporting personal autonomy for the adolescent and developing clear parental boundaries.

 

 

Support is for everyone.

Whether your child is struggling with extreme picky eating or your child cannot stop eating, I’m here to help. I work with parents of children struggling not just with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, but also those struggling with pediatric overweight symptoms, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and other issues affecting growth and mental health.

I can also be a resource for families with children who:

  • May be on the cusp of developing an eating disorder

  • Have deviated from their normal growth curve

  • Are having difficulty navigating food allergies

  • Have developed eating issues related to early childhood trauma

Regardless of the issue your child is facing, I’ll work closely with you to help you understand and implement a tailored meal plan. You’ll walk away equipped with tips on how to effectively support your child through each meal, as well as psychoeducation on disordered eating and eating disorders, feeding practices, nutrition for sound development, and debunking diet myths.

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