The Power to Choose

The Power to Choose

I write today as a parent first and a psychologist second. Words are not coming to me like they usually do. The senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has shaken us all to the core. As I write this post, the tears continue to flow. I sometimes wonder if the tears...
Parents As Heroes

Parents As Heroes

Each family that I have the privilege of working with is heroic in its own way. Refeeding a child is hard work—which is probably the understatement of the year to those who are in the midst of it. When you, as a parent, are confronting the fear of eating induced by an...
Food Fights And Sibling Rivalries

Food Fights And Sibling Rivalries

As an eating disorders therapist specializing in FBT, I read a recent New York Times essay with great interest (Sibling Rivalry: One Long Food Fight)http://nyti.ms/QCW9aK. In the essay, the author describes growing up as one of four brothers, each competing at family...
Taking Notes

Taking Notes

Holiday meals are a time for us to come together with loved ones in shared celebration. When an eating disorder takes a seat at the table, food can literally go flying, sending everyone into a tailspin. Celebration quickly becomes the last thing on the family agenda....
We Can Do More and Better

We Can Do More and Better

Today I sponsored a free Q & A on FBT for parents with questions on FBT and eating disorder treatment. Among the themes that emerged were the following: The desperately poor standard of care that continues to guide the treatment of eating disorders across the...
Giving Thanks (And Relief)

Giving Thanks (And Relief)

This time of year is a time when I feel especially grateful for the amazing individuals and families I have been blessed to work with over the years. Times were not always easy for them—and I tend to see families in their darkest hours—but time and again the will to...