Empirical Support for CBT and Family Based Therapy

In January, 2004, the UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued clinical guidelines for the treatment of eating disorders in England and Wales. The NICE guidelines are strongly based in evidence and are more rigorous than the equivalent United States American Psychiatric Association PGED guidelines.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for bulimia was assigned a grade of A. Dr. Muhlheim trained under one of the early developers of CBT for bulimia in the 1990s and all of our therapists are experienced in CBT-E (Fairburn 2008), the most up-to-date version of CBT for eating disorders.

Empirical Support for CBT and Family Based TherapyFor adolescent anorexia nervosa family interventions that directly address the eating disorder was given a grade of B. Family Based Treatment Therapy (Maudsley model)is a new and promising treatment for eating disorders, especially for the treatment of adolescent anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. This treatment approach enlists the support of the whole family as a resource in the patient’s recovery. Dr. Muhlheim is certified in (Maudsley) Family Based Treatment.

Very promising research out of the University of Chicago and Stanford University shows that at the end of a course of FBT, two-thirds of adolescents with anorexia nervosa are recovered and 75 to 90% are weight-recovered at five year follow-up.