When to Add an Individual Therapist in FBT-Phase 1

Individual therapy in FBT

When I am working as the Family-Based Treatment (FBT) therapist for a teen in recovery, their parents will often ask whether the teen should also see a therapist individually. Unlike other therapy situations, in FBT there is no expectation that there is both an individual therapist and a family therapist. It’s there in the name: …

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With a Little Help From My Family: Who is FBT For?

Who Is FBT For?

  Family-Based Treatment (FBT) is the leading evidence-based treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. One of the common misbeliefs I hear is that it’s “only for kids or younger teens.” However, I think it has a much wider applicability. In fact, I would say that my FBT training has significantly improved my …

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When Your Child With an Eating Disorder is Sick….

When Your Child with An Eating Disorder is Sick...

Guest post by Dr. Jennifer Johnson When parents are renourishing a child with an eating disorder and that child gets sick, parents often don’t know what to do. Some families may back off on feeding every time a child gets any illness, which can be a risky practice. Especially during Phase 1 of FBT, ensuring …

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On Empowering Parents—Not Pathologizing Them

Empowering Parents

I often write about the importance of including parents in the treatment of adolescents and young adults. My work is informed by my training in Family-based Treatment (FBT), which as a central part of treatment seeks to empower parents to help their ailing children with eating disorders to return to health. When asked why families …

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FBT Insights from the Neonatal Kitten Nursery

FBT Insights from the Kitten Nursery

I recently began volunteering at the Best Friends Neonatal Kitten Nursery. Best Friends Los Angeles opened its neonatal kitten nursery in February 2013.  The nursery is staffed with a dedicated coordinator and supported by volunteers who sign up for two hour feeding shifts 24 hours a day to help the kittens grow and thrive. If …

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Summer LACPA Eating Disorder SIG meetings

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:15 pm   Presenter:  Jessica Raymond, MS Title:   Modernizing Recovery Resources for the Millennial Generation This presentation will focus on the applications of modern technologies and media to increase support and improve treatment of eating disorders from the perspective of a client. Location:  The office of Dr. Lauren Muhlheim (4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1000, Los …

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Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

9 Truths about Eating Disorders Developed by Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, FAED, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with input from the leading associations in the field of Eating Disorders, listed below. Truth #1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet …

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Late spring 2015 LACPA Eating Disorder SIG meetings

Tuesday, April 14 6:30 pm Presenter:  Stephanie Knatz, Ph.D. Title:  Using neurobiology to improve treatment for anorexia This presentation will focus on providing a brief overview of the neurobiology underlying anorexia and present new treatment methods developed and used to target the underlying neurobiology. Location:  The office of Dr. Lauren Muhlheim (4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1000, …

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Fall 2014 LACPA Eating Disorder SIG events

The Los Angeles County Psychological Association Eating Disorder SIG is kicking off the membership year with 2 great events.  Join LACPA now to take advantage of these and other events.  1)  Date:  Thursday, October 23 Time:  7- 8:30 pm Presenter:  Dagan VanDemark Title: TRANSforming Eating Disorder Recovery: Deconstructing the Overrepresentation of Eating Disorders in Trans and …

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Ten Facts About Weight Stigma – Guest post by Liliana Almeida, Ph.D.

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  Weight stigma is a bias or discrimination relating directly to weight. Despite the fact that more than half of U.S. citizens are larger-bodied, our society holds a strong negative bias against fatness. The media reinforces weight stigma. The media, such as news media, displays persons in larger bodies in stigmatizing ways by depicting them …

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