Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Clinical Treatment Track
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The Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Clinical Treatment Track at The WELL Clinic provides high quality, evidence-based treatment to children and adolescents with eating and weight concerns. Allow us to help your child reach health and recovery!
Eating and weight issues such as binge eating, purging, restrictive eating, and obesity often start during childhood and adolescence. Eating disorders and obesity can poorly impact a child or teen’s quality of life and may cause severe and life-threatening health complications. Early detection and effective treatment are necessary to prevent the problematic medical and psychological consequences of eating and weight disorders.
Eating disorders ARE NOT a choice and nobody is to blame. Parents, caregivers, and family members often express feeling confused, guilty, and terrified when their child or loved one is facing an eating disorder. We understand that eating disorders impact the whole family and therefore recommend that parents remain actively involved in their child’s treatment. We offer various treatment options to support both the person with an eating disorder as well as their family members.
Currently Available Treatments:
Family Based Treatment
Family Based Treatment (FBT) is the leading treatment for children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa and is an effective treatment for bulimia nervosa. Our clinicians have received specialized training offered by The Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders to be able to offer this form of treatment. FBT shows the highest rate of weight restoration and long-term recovery of any outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with anorexia.
In FBT, achieving full nutrition is viewed as a critical first step in recovery. Your role as parents is respected and recognized as being instrumental in helping your child to recover. You will learn strategies to refeed your child and will be actively supported throughout the entire treatment process. FBT sessions usually involve both the parent and the child with an eating disorder. The role of the therapist is to provide coaching, education, support, and psychotherapeutic intervention to assist your child in recovering from his/her/their eating disorder.
We recognize that the process of seeking treatment for an eating disorder is stressful both on you and on your child. The WELL Clinic offers group support for parents whose child is working towards recovery from an eating disorder.
Recovery from an eating disorder is possible! This is particularly true when we are able to intervene early on. The treatment planning process at The WELL Clinic starts with reviewing the most up to date scientific evidence and ends with creating an individual treatment plan tailored to your needs. At your child’s initial evaluation appointment, your assigned clinician will provide an expert treatment recommendation regarding the frequency of appointments, type of recommended treatment (e.g. FBT, CBT, etc.), and any additional recommended support options.
Individual therapy involves meeting with one of our therapists for a 60-minute therapy session one or more times per week. At your first appointment, your therapist will fully assess your concerns and recommend treatment options that are best suited to meet your recovery goals.
The recovery process can be challenging and frustrating both for the child or adolescent and for their family. Adding group therapy to your treatment can help you meet your recovery goals. You will attend weekly 90-minute sessions with a therapist and several other group members who have similar eating concerns. Group members provide support to others when sharing difficulties and problem solving.
- Outpatient Eating Disorder Support Group
This group meets once per week for 90-minutes and allows you to talk about your recovery difficulties with peers who understand. The group format allows you to ask questions, challenge your thoughts and perceptions, and learn from the experiences of others.
- Group Support for Parents of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders
This group meets once per week for 90-minutes and allows you to talk with other parents about the challenges that you are facing in your child’s eating disorder recovery process. Group leaders invite questions, dialogue, and conversation around effectively supporting children in their recovery. Group leaders frequently offer educational information so that you can learn skills to manage difficult situations.
Therapeutic Treatment Options for Children/Adolescents
Family Based Treatment (FBT)
Work together as a family to achieve improved nutrition and weight stability. The structure of FBT changes as your child’s overall health and wellness improves.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders
Learn skills to help adjust how you think and feel about eating, weight, and body image while moving towards recovery and the personal goals that you have for yourself and your future.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders
The strong combination of acceptance and mindfulness-based strategies along with behavior change strategies to make a commitment to recovery. Goals of this treatment format include increasing psychological flexibility, decreasing eating disordered behaviors, and improving your overall quality of life.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Build skills in remaining mindful and calm in difficult situations, tolerating emotional discomfort, improving communication with those around you, building assertiveness, and understanding the emotions that may at times surprise or overwhelm you.