Family-Based Treatment

The Maudsley Approach

I often use the Maudsley approach in working with adolescents who struggle with eating disorders.

This method builds on evidence that family therapy approaches are superior to individual therapy approaches, particularly with younger patients (Russell et al., 1987; Eisler et al., 1997). The Maudsley approach involves the family from the outset of treatment and relies heavily on parental involvement in the refeeding of a child with an eating disorder.