Are you worried about your teen’s eating? Has he or she lost weight? Are you feeling scared? Maybe your teen is worried about their weight and has become more reclusive. You think something is going on but are not sure. Perhaps your teen is receiving eating disorder treatment that excludes you and you want to play a more active role. Maybe other treatments haven’t helped. We can help you help your teen with an eating disorder heal and become a healthy independent young adult who can go about the business of building his or her life. Dr. Muhlheim wrote, “When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen Recover from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating,” New Harbinger, 2018. This book is based on family-based treatment (FBT).
Or maybe you are stuck in a cycle of dieting, bingeing, purging, or overexercising and having trouble figuring out how to stop. Maybe you are a female whose period has gone missing and you don’t understand why. Are you preoccupied with food? Ashamed about your eating? Hating your body? We can help you break the cycle, get your period back, achieve peace with food and your body, and restore your life. One of the first things we’ll look at together is whether you’re truly eating enough. This goes for people in larger bodies as well as smaller bodies.
Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, avoidant restrictive intake disorder (ARFID), orthorexia (not an official diagnosis) and binge eating disorder, are serious disorders that are associated with numerous medical problems. If you see us for an eating disorder you should also be followed by a physician. The Academy for Eating Disorders has published guidelines for medical doctors treating eating disorders. You can download these guidelines and bring them to your medical doctor if he/she is not an eating disorder specialist. If additional services are needed we can provide some referrals to other professionals.
We provide services at the outpatient level of care. This may be a good place to start if you have not had treatment before and are medically stable and are able to eat on your own or with support of family, friends, and loved ones. It can also be appropriate for a teen with a more serious eating disorder whose parents are able to supervise all meals. It can also be appropriate after you have done a higher level of care such as residential, PHP, or IOP. Sometimes you may come to see us and we may tell you that you need more intensive treatment than we can provide. If we feel that a higher level of care is warranted we will provide referrals. We maintain connections to many different treatment centers locally as well as nationwide. We can also help you find a dietitian to work alongside us.
Eating Disorder Therapy LA provides cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to adults and older adolescents with eating disorders and family based treatment (Maudsley model) to children and adolescents with eating disorders.