Therapists with our Eating Recovery Program use a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet clients’ needs. Therapists work individually with clients using techniques founded in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). ACT was founded on the idea that most psychological distress is tied to “experiential avoidance”. This is an attempt or desire to suppress unwanted internal experiences, such as emotions, thoughts or bodily sensations. ACT focuses on helping men and women learn to observe, recognize and accept their emotional experiences, rather than using disordered eating behavior to suppress them.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) aims to teach individuals strategies for improved control over thoughts, feelings and memories, which may trigger disordered eating and poor body image. FBT (Family Based Therapy) is based on the Maudsley treatment approach for eating disorders and it focuses on externalizing the behaviors and aligning parents in the weight restoration process. In Maudsley treatment, parents take on an active and positive role in helping their child return to good physical health and resume normal psychological and social development.