Family Based Treatment (FBT)
For Eating Disorders
The Maudsley Approach
At Ridglea Family Guidance we are excited to offer Family Based Treatment (FBT); an evidence-based therapy for treating children, adolescents and young adults struggling with an eating disorder. In FBT, the parents are viewed as the experts on their child, as an essential part of the solution, and members of the treatment team. It is a strengths-based program that promotes healing at home within the context of the family whether the parents are married or divorced.
What It Looks Like
Parents & Family Matter
Parents are seen as the most committed and competent people in the patient's life and therefore best qualified to find ways to fight the illness, to help the individual regain healthy weight, and end unhealthy behaviors.
This remarkable treatment is intensive, and a typical course of treatment consists of approximately 20 outpatient sessions over six to twelve months. At the end of successful treatment families have mentioned an enhanced sense of closeness and respect for each other.
Evidence & Strengths Based
Family treatment begins after a thorough assessment of the illness and the present situation. The assessment includes a medical evaluation; a psychological/social history and clinical interviews to carefully evaluate challenges presented by the eating disorder and identify strengths that can be used in therapy.