How Family-Based Therapy saved my life — a message from a young survivor


 

In this podcast I talk to Emma Cunningham about how family-based therapy saved her life. This is a very enlightening perspective from a survivor — an important listen for parents who are currently administering FBT, or contemplating it.

Emma has suffered from Anorexia, and explains how her parents worked with professionals versed in family-based therapy practices to put her in an environment where her eating disorder could not survive. In fact, not only did Emma move into a firm place of recovery from her Anorexia, but she is now an advocate for family-based therapy as an effective form of treatment. What an incredible young woman!

If you are at all on the fence about family-based therapy, don’t take it from me. You don’t even have to take it from the professionals who use it to treat eating disorder patients. Listen to this 15-year-old survivor and see what she has to say about it.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How family based therapy is difficult, but it will strengthen relationships in the long run
  • Why parents should not hesitate to go into family-based therapy
  • How survivors respect and are thankful to parents who help them recover
  • How FBT allows sufferers to recover the fastest way, and this lets them continue with their lives without an eating disorder.
  • How families can work together even when they are not all living together
  • The influence of school and how to manage school during treatment.

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About Tabitha Farrar

I work as Head of Marketing for a software startup in Boulder. As a recovered Anorexia sufferer, I advocate for proper understanding of eating disorders in my spare time. On that note, I wrote a book about my own journey into eating again called Love Fat.


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  • Helen

    What an incredibly mature young woman – she portrayed her inspiring story in such a concise and clear manner. It is great to hear how well she is doing having overcome her battle with this powerful illness.