Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy focused on emotion awareness, acceptance, and regulation to help individuals find balance and improve their quality of life. Many individuals are biologically predisposed from birth to experience more intense and longer lasting emotions. Others have endured significant emotional invalidation from trauma, or even from well-intended loved ones who unknowingly shame one's emotional experiences. Both can result in a vicious cycle of emotion dysregulation, alternating between avoiding emotions and being overwhelmed by them.

In the absence of alternatives, individuals are often left to cope with this intensity through self-destructive behaviors, such as self-injury, binge eating, purging, substance use, or other impulsive behaviors.

DBT provides both specific, change-oriented strategies and acceptance-based approaches to help individuals stop engaging in these behaviors, allowing the freedom to build a worthwhile life.

Family Based Treatment (FBT) is an evidence-based therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from eating disorders. FBT is the treatment of choice for adolescents with anorexia nervosa and can offer families an effective, outpatient alternative to higher levels of care.

FBT provides a specific, structured approach focused on eating disorder recovery much different than standard family therapy. In FBT, parents are at the forefront of establishing safety and stability through weight restoration and/or eliminating eating disordered behaviors to return their child to health.

The FBT therapist acts as an educator, coach, and support for parents, helping parents take effective, loving action to save their child. Once established, the FBT therapist, parents, and child work together to gradually return age-appropriate independence back to the child so they can relearn to take care of their own health and well-being.

Therapists offer a consultation at no charge for families that are interested in learning more about FBT.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been proven effective for the treatment of depression, anxiety and eating disorders. CBT is a short-term, present focused therapy that targets the disordered and distorted thoughts and behaviors of clients. The therapist is focused on solving the most pressing current problems of the client.

The CBT therapist works in a collaborative way with their clients to help them set treatment goals and agendas for each session. The therapy works to challenge dysfunctional thoughts that lead to unwanted habits and/or behaviors and seeks to improve the overall quality of life for the individual.

A typical course of therapy is 16-20 sessions over a six to nine-month period of time.

Family Based Treatment (Maudsley Approach)

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Eating Disorders disrupt a child’s body, mind, and spirit, limiting their ability to function and stealing their joy. Eating disorders can also bring great chaos to families, whether it be at the dinner table or between spouses behind closed doors. Helping someone recover requires an understanding of how eating disorders operate, practical skills training and high doses of love and compassion. We are here to help.

As Certified Family Based Treatment providers, we have found through research and experience that EATING DISORDERS ARE TREATABLE! We have worked with hundreds of families just like yours to guide  parents as they restore their child’s health.

Our philosophy:

» We know parents do not cause eating disorders.

» We honor and encourage active parental involvement in the  treatment of their child.

» We know early, intense intervention produces quicker, longer  lasting recovery.

» We believe in taking action now; the clock is ticking.

Our next workshop will be held on Friday, July 27- Saturday, July 28, 2018. Please contact us at 314-736-5446 for more information or to reserve a spot. 

Caregiver Workshop: Navigating Your Child's Recovery from an Eating Disorder

Long Term Weight Control (LTWC) Program

The Behavioral Weight Loss program is a cognitive-behavioral based approach to long term weight control. This program is appropriate for clients that have a history of dieting, over-eating and/or binge eating and have tried other approaches to weight loss but have not been able to sustain the weight loss over time.

The focus of the treatment is to challenge the underlying rules and assumptions that perpetuate the dieting (calorie restriction and overeating) cycle that leads to cumulative weight gain over time. Clients work to shift their focus from a "lose weight so I can be happy" mentality to a "starting living life and lose weight" mentality in order to improve their quality of life and broaden their focus.

Clients are taught to identify the thoughts, emotions, behaviors and tendencies that lead to overeating and replace them with more neutral or positive habits. The treatment uses a harm reduction and compassionate approach to life change. Clients have the option of completing the program in a group or individual approach.

Therapists offer a 30-minute consultation at no charge for clients that are interested in this program.