Family Therapy Program at Magnolia Creek
When an individual is battling an eating disorder, the family is also heavily impacted. At Magnolia Creek, we know the family’s role in the treatment process is a vital part of recovery. Additionally, research shows that rates of recovery are significantly higher for clients whose families participate in the treatment process. We view the clients eating disordered behavior as holistic instead of individual, therefore, making it important to not place blame but to identify contributing factors to the development of the eating disorder, process them, and look for opportunities for change.
Magnolia Creek’s family therapy program is designed to provide education, advocacy, and therapy for the family members of our clients. Once admitted, the family therapist meets with the client to establish family and relationship goals, identify family members, and to learn more about their childhood, past relationships, and their eating disorder behavior and mental health. The family therapist then calls the person(s) the client has identified as her support system for an introduction to family therapy and sets up first family session via telephone, Skype, or in person. It is key to have someone other than the client to provide information as this will highlight their perspective of the presenting problem(s) and aid in treatment planning.