Treatment Approach

Bowen Family Systems Theory

 

 

 

 

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

 

BFST views the family as a single emotional unit. BFST uses systems thinking to understand the dynamic interactions of family members. Family members affect their loved one's thoughts, feelings and actions so intensely that they often become enmeshed and interdependent. Helping a client gain knowledge of how the emotional system operates in his or her own family, work, and social systems can help one develop more effective solutions for solving dilemmas.  BFST can be used in individual therapy, marriage counseling and in family sessions. 

 

CBT is a form of psychotherapy that is based on the belief that most of how we feel and our behaviors are determined by how we think. CBT helps to challenge one's negative thinking by pointing out alternative ways of viewing situations. By changing how we think, client's can improve how they feel overall. CBT is especially useful in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety as well as low self-esteem.


Maudsley/Family Based Therapy

FBT is an intensive outpatient treatment for adolescents suffering with Anorexia and Bulimia. Parents play an active and positive role in the child’s treatment in order to restore weight to normal levels, give control back to the child in regards to eating and encourage normal adolescent development. The Maudsley approach considers parents/guardians as a resource and essential in the treatment for anorexia and bulimia nervosa. FBT holds great promos in the treatment of anorexia and bulimia in adolescents who have been ill for a short period of time. FBT can prevent hospitalization and assist in recovery. There have been numerous studies conducted to show the efficacy of FBT. These studies have demonstrated that FBT is between 50-80 percent effective and that patients at the end of treatment are 75-90 percent weight recovered at a five year follow up. FBT is more effective then traditional talk therapy for anorexia and bulimia in adolescents because one is not using 100 parent of their brain therefore can process feelings and emotions as well as if weight were fully restored. (www.train2treat4ed.com, D. LeGrange and J. Lock, 2005.)

EMDR

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing was original designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation or tapping and eye movement to alleviate these traumatic memories as well as negative beliefs. Negative beliefs are redeveloped and and psychological arousal is reduced. Many studies have been conducted on EMDR and these studies have shown that after successful treatment using EMDR, 84-90 percent of trauma victims no longer suffered from PTSD. EMDR therapy is an eight phase treatment and pays attention to three phases, past, present and future. The clinical guides the client depending on their readiness by using contained, restricted or unrestricted EMDR. (www.emdr.com, EMDR Institute, INC.)