Help for parents of children and adolescents suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders

Welcome parents, welcome clinicians!

I help parents to support a son or daughter suffering from an eating disorder, in particular anorexia nervosa.

Parents, did you know that you are the most precious and effective person for your child’s recovery?

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The resources I offer here give parents both practical know-how and emotional support.

They are in line with the most well-researched approach to treating children and adolescents and possibly beyond: family therapy for eating disorders (also called ‘family-based treatment’ (FBT/Maudsley) or ‘anorexia-focused family therapy’).  Clinicians, I invite you to complement your knowledge and tap into the wealth of resources here to deliver the best possible treatment.

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I’m Eva Musby, I’m a parent and I began this journey when my daughter was struck by anorexia age 10. I’ve been gathering expertise on this topic for over 7 years. I keep myself updated so that you can guide a precious person out of their internal hell right away.

I’m linked up with worldwide communities of parents, and with eating disorders experts who highly recommend my resources to their clients.

 

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The resources here will save you years of research and will prevent you going down blind alleys. I want to save you wasting time and struggling unnecessarily the way I did at first . Eating disorders need action fast. I’m here to help you find out what you can do that will make all the difference.

“If only I had had Eva’s books/website/YouTube when my daughter was first struggling, the NHS could have saved so much money.”

(From a parent’s written feedback at one of my workshops)

 

Where to now?

There’s tons of help on this website — even entire chapters from my book, to get you going right away!

The table of contents is here, and another way to hit the ground running is to hop over to the FAQs.

Oh, and join my mailing list and subscribe to my YouTube so you know when new resources come up.

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And parents, do tell your clinicians about this site, so other families get this help too.

 

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What you’ll find on this site

  • the information you need in a hurry
  • practical advice backed up by research from the top scientists in the field
  • the know-how I and scores of parents all over the world have gathered from therapists and from personal experience
  • the companionship of someone who knows what it’s like, providing hope and confidence

I wish you and yours heaps of good things!

Eva

Is this site – and the book – for you?

What type of eating disorder?

If you’re the parent of a child suffering from the restricting type of anorexia nervosa (i.e. he or she is restricting their food intake), then this book is definitely for you because it’s where my experience lies. Likewise if your son or daughter doesn’t quite fit the anorexia nervosa diagnosis but is restricting food and over-exercising. Sometimes what you’re seeing is the early signs of anorexia and the sooner you act the better. There may be a diagnosis of atypical anorexia nervosa or other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED).

If it’s the binge-purge type of anorexia, there is much in common with the restricting type, and the tools I offer are equally relevant.

All eating disorders have big areas of overlap, so if your child has bulimia nervosa, or binge eating or any other type of disorder, then major sections of this book will be highly relevant to you. But you will also need to complement this with other sources, as there are differences in how each type of eating disorder is best treated.

What age?

The age group I focus on is young children and adolescents. The family therapy principles at the heart of this book have been validated with under-18s. I used them first when my daughter was 10 through to 12, then again as she went through some blips age 15 to 18. I update the book regularly in light of my experience and other parents’.

I know of parents who have used the same approach with their adult child, with success. The communication resources I offer are ageless, so I believe that if your child is an adult, you will find help in these pages.

I’m referring to you as ‘parents’, but I’d like to include all carers in this.

What about the country you live in? It doesn’t make any difference to the tools in this book. I’m in the United Kingdom.

For parents and professionals

Clinicians all over the world use and recommend this book because it is a ‘how-to’ for family-based treatment or anorexia-focused family therapy. It also gives them an honest insight into the issues parents face – perhaps more so than they normally see in your consulting room.

As for the emotional resources I offer, they’re valid for you, me, and everyone. The principles of communication, self-compassion, mindfulness and resilience are based on age-old wisdoms, they have been adapted and tested in modern therapies, and they apply to all human beings of all ages.

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