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Family Therapy

Our team of Family Therapists offer the vital support needed to create positive dynamics within the home and family setting.  We have an outstanding record of working alongside families to improve communications.  Family involvement and group support are key in the recover treatment process and our friendly professionals will work closely with you to tailor a programme to individual needs. Parents play a crucial role in supporting their child’s recovery, as well as in relapse prevention. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends family therapy as the treatment of choice for young people with anorexia.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy enables families to explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each others needs and to help support the young person to manage once they return home.  Positive change is created in partnership with families by building on people’s strengths, experiences and resources whilst being sensitive to different family systems, cultures and beliefs. Family based approaches have been evidenced as effective in clinical practice worldwide.

Parent Support

The Family Therapy Team run a monthly group for parents which offers psycho-education and support.  The Parent Support Group is an opportunity for parents to share experience and strategies for improving communication and assessing domestic conditions for the return home.  Family involvement and group support are key in the recovery treatment process and you will be well supported by the Ellern Mede team of professionals.

“There is a great need in the UK for family based treatment programmes for eating disorder patients. In our many years of offering treatments at Ellern Mede Ridgeway we recognised this and have moved to provide it. We know that recovery from an eating disorder requires specialist intensive treatment. At Barnet we offer short-term residential programmes with the flexibility for the patient to remain with the same team in the Ellern Mede group and either step down or step up as their needs change.”

Dr Hind Al Khairulla

Children, young people and their families are supported by:

  • Physical and Mental Health assessments
  • Specialist tests as required such as bloods, scans, psychometric testing, and neuro-assessments.
  • Psychiatric support for the patient and the family
  • Family Therapy and group support for the family
  • Family-based interventions including coaching on meal support
  • Specialist Dietetic input and meal plans
  • Psychological therapies for patients including:
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    • Cognitive Remediation Therapy
    • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
    • Psycho-educational Intervention


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Family services can be accessed at any of our four sites. To arrange, please call our main office number 020 3209 7900.

Head Office, Ellern Mede Ridgeway
Holcombe Hill
The Ridgeway
Mill Hill
London NW7 4HX

NHS referrals

Ellern Mede has provided specialist Tier 4 eating disorder services to the NHS since 2000. We respond to referrals within 24 hours.

Private referrals

Call now for immediate access to Ellern Mede specialist private eating disorder services. Accepted referrals begin treatment within two weeks or faster in emergencies.