7 steps to find a great therapist for your child who has a mental health condition

If your child is facing a mental health condition like an eating disorder, suicidality, self-harm, substance abuse, anxiety or depression, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. And while your child's pediatrician may help you get an initial diagnosis and point you in the direction of therapists and/or treatment programs, it's still up to you, the parent, … Continue reading 7 steps to find a great therapist for your child who has a mental health condition

Get answers to your questions about eating disorder treatment from John Levitt, Ph.D. / highlights from our Ask a Therapist webinar on May 5

We held a Q&A webinar with eating disorder therapist John Levitt, Ph.D. on May 5, 2019. Here are some important questions he answered for us. 1. Do you have any advice about FBT for eating disorders? Answer recap: FBT (family therapy) is one of the evidence-based therapies available for eating disorders. It's effective for a … Continue reading Get answers to your questions about eating disorder treatment from John Levitt, Ph.D. / highlights from our Ask a Therapist webinar on May 5

A mother’s perspective: insights and experience gained in supporting my daughter in her recovery

Eating disorders are not well understood, isolating, frustrating, and painful. And that goes for the person who has it as well as the people who love and support that person. When a child develops an eating disorder, parents can easily become overwhelmed by treatment, fear, and frustration. It can help to hear stories from other … Continue reading A mother’s perspective: insights and experience gained in supporting my daughter in her recovery

Best care package ideas for a person who is in an eating disorder treatment facility

When a loved one, friend, or acquaintance enters an eating disorder treatment center, they benefit from a connection to the outside world and a reminder that the people who love them are rooting for their recovery. Why send a care package to someone in recovery for an eating disorder? Eating disorder treatment facilities are a … Continue reading Best care package ideas for a person who is in an eating disorder treatment facility

What’s new in eating disorder treatment? An interview with Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LCSW-C

We sat down with Jennifer Rollin, an eating disorder therapist and founder of The Eating Disorder Center based in Maryland, to find learn what’s new in the treatment of eating disorders. 1. What do you think has changed about the way we treat eating disorders in the past 10 years? I think there have been … Continue reading What’s new in eating disorder treatment? An interview with Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LCSW-C

Understanding therapy for eating disorders – an interview with Colleen Reichmann, Psy.D.

We interviewed Dr. Colleen Reichmann to find out more about what it's like to be a therapist who specializes in eating disorders.  Q: Why did you become a therapist? I became a therapist because, quite simply, I wanted to give back! I have struggled with my own mental health issues, and have seen first hand … Continue reading Understanding therapy for eating disorders – an interview with Colleen Reichmann, Psy.D.

How to pay for your child’s eating disorder treatment

Eating disorders are chronically underfunded, both from a research and a treatment standpoint. Many healthcare providers are ill-equipped to diagnose and treat eating disorders, and many insurance companies will severely limit treatment or deny treatment altogether. This is seriously depressing, especially since we know that eating disorders that are caught and treated early are less … Continue reading How to pay for your child’s eating disorder treatment

Our family’s story of our 13-year-old daughter’s recovery from anorexia with Family Based Treatment (FBT)

By Anonymous My daughter had a brain tumor at age 2 that caused morning vomiting through age 6.* She survived due to early intervention that included craniotomies and physical therapy. She was diagnosed with social anxiety at age 6. She refused to drink water at school because she did not want to use the bathroom … Continue reading Our family’s story of our 13-year-old daughter’s recovery from anorexia with Family Based Treatment (FBT)

What to do when your teenager refuses to get treatment for their eating disorder

Teenagers are biologically driven to differentiate and individuate from their parents. This is the main reason why parenting a child from ages 10-20 can be especially tricky. Adolescent brains are working very hard to prune childhood neural connections while building powerful new adult connections that will stay with them for life. This work can fundamentally … Continue reading What to do when your teenager refuses to get treatment for their eating disorder

How to help someone you love who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder

It can be incredibly difficult to watch a loved one who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. Mental health conditions make it hard for your loved one to experience life. No matter how much you love the person, your love alone will not help them recover. The person you … Continue reading How to help someone you love who has a mental health condition like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder