Teen & Child Eating Disorders
Here at Center For Discovery, we strongly value family and loved ones being involved in treatment. While the family is never to blame for the eating disorder, family is a crucial part of the recovery process. Family therapy, which is provided 1-2 times per week, is a collaborative process in which the therapist aligns with the family as a whole in order to guide, educate, and instill hope. By teaching clients and their families about effective communication, individuation, and healthy emotional boundaries, families can create the space to repair strained relationships and decrease co-dependency and enmeshment. Through a collaborative exploration process between the therapist and the client, families are provided with an understanding of the origins of, and needs being met by, the eating disorder. Families are also given concrete tools as to how to best support their loved one who is struggling.
The ultimate goal of family involvement at Center For Discovery is the reintegration of the client into the home environment. To this end, families are provided a Therapeutic Family Meal, attended by the entire family, the therapist, and the dietician, with the goal of identifying effective language that families can use to support recovery during meals at home. Opportunities for such skills to be practiced and fine-tuned are provided during off-site Therapeutic Passes. Additionally, where available, families are encouraged to attend a Support in Recovery group that Center For Discovery provides for family members to connect with other families with loved ones struggling with eating disorders. In all of these ways, it is Center For Discovery's aim to ensure family members play a large role in their loved one's recovery process during and after treatment.