Treatment for Eating Disorders
Disordered Eating consists of dieting, skipping meals, negative attitudes and thoughts related to food, as well as avoidance of situations relating to food. Our psychologists can work with the differing reasons for disordered eating such as the self-worth based on body image, the ideals of thinness and weight, lack of interest in food, sensory issues, the aversive consequences of eating, and control issues.
Child Aware psychologists are trained in CBT-E, Maudsley Family Based Treatment (gold standard for Anorexia Nervosa) and Behaviour Intervention. We work across different frameworks including, compassion focused therapy, supportive counselling, CBT as well as assisting in managing the anxieties and fixations that surround disordered eating. At Child Aware we involve parents and families in the treatment of child and adolescent eating disorders while maintaining a strong therapeutic rapport with the client.
We can assist with the treatment of;
- Anorexia and Bulima Nervosa
- Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disroder (ARFID)
- OSFED (Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder)
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Body dysmorphia
- Body image concerns
- Eating difficulties in the context of Autism
- Phobias related to food or eating
- Weight concerns
- Disordered Eating and Dieting
- Self-esteem Issues
- Mindful/Intuituve Eating
Children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder often struggle with eating, and this can be due to sensory issues, fixations, and rigidity around variety and volume of food. Furthermore, children who are on the Autism Spectrum can find situations that involve food and eating triggering. These sitautions can be loud and noisy, require them to meet social norms as well as manage the sensory and anixety issues around trying new textures, tastes, smells, sounds and sight of food. Our psychologists can help in providing family and individual based interventions, and exposure to assist children to increase the variety and volume of food. Research shows a link between Autism and ARFID. ARFID does not include a fixation on food and weight, but rather the lack of interest, sensory issues, and rigidity regarding food including fears.