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Family therapy for eating disorders

What is family therapy?

Families can be really complicated because everyone is an individual with different ideas, thoughts, worries and strengths. Lots of things can make a family’s life more stressful and these changes can benefit from extra support.

Family therapy helps families to listen to and support each other. Families are encouraged and supported in thinking about their difficult thoughts and emotions and in understanding each other’s needs and views.

Family therapy aims to build on family strengths and encourages working together to make useful changes; helping all the family members when they are feeling overwhelmed, unsure of what to do for the best or ‘stuck’.

What are the benefits?

Family therapy is safe place to listen to and support each other, and build on your strengths as a family. You will talk about each others hopes and work towards goals together to make useful changes as a family.

You will be supported by the family therapist with difficult topics.

What kinds of things can I expect?

It is an open discussion about each other’s hopes for the family and to help in understanding each other’s worries.

You will each have a turn to talk and be listened to by other members of your family. It will create a feeling of respect for each other and your thoughts, opinions, and concerns.

It can help in understanding how each other’s words and actions may have an effect on the family, and will support in working towards your families’ goals.

It may be helpful to make a family tree, to help look at the different relationships in a family.

Some families are offered a mixture of group and individual appointments.

What happens now?

You will be invited for an appointment where you and the family therapist will discuss your needs and goals for getting better and how you might work towards them.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 0114 305 3891.

Sheffield Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Team,
Centenary CAMHS,
Centenary House,
55 Albert Terrace Road,
S6 3BR.

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Resource number: MH34

Resource Type: Article

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