Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are two evidence-based treatments for eating disorders. Caregivers may be unsure when they might be employed or added to help a person with an eating disorder. Dr. Muhlheim will provide brief overviews of CBT and DBT and discuss considerations for choosing these therapies. In addition, she will share some strategies from CBT and DBT that caregivers can employ when supporting a person in recovery.
Overview of FBT — 5 principles, 3 stages
Overview of CBT — Cognitive Model
Overview of DBT — What is DBT
When CBT should be employed instead of FBT or added to FBT
When DBT should be added to FBT
From DBT- hierarchy of target behaviors, distress tolerance skills
From CBT- exposure, building flexibility
Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., FAED, CEDS is a psychologist, fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS) and approved supervisor for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She directs Eating Disorder Therapy LA in Los Angeles. Dr. Mulheim provides cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults and family-based treatment (FBT) for adolescents and adheres to Health at Every Size® principles. She is certified in FBT for adolescent eating disorders and is the author of When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder. Dr. Mulheim has held leadership roles in several professional organizations including the AED, IAEDP LA Chapter, and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. She is an IAEDP core course instructor.
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