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Caring for You and Your Children

Disordered eating, poor body image, stress, anxiety, and low self-esteem are common challenges in adolescence.
Parents can be an invaluable resource, and sometimes need their own support as well.
We are here to help.
Maria-Christina Stewart, Ph.D.
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford University School of Medicine

Advising Executives

Time is limited as an executive, but the desire to support partners and children remains ever strong.
We work with executives to help them provide support and connection to those that matter most to them.
Maria-Christina Stewart, Ph.D.
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford University School of Medicine

Our Mission

To help parents help their children and themselves. We use techniques that science has shown to be helpful and tailor them to your situation. Because we work with parents and families globally, including expats in international settings, we take into account your cultural/ethnic background and setting in identifying how to best help you and your children.

General Parent Consultations

Watching our children struggle is one of the most difficult experiences of being a parent. Sometimes they are only facing a mild challenge, and other times their problem is serious and can interfere with their health, everyday life, and overall well-being. Fortunately, parents are often the key to helping their children improve. We are here to help you understand the severity of your child or adolescent's struggle and learn the steps to help them thrive again.

Eating Difficulties

Dieting, picky eating, and over-exercise can become serious problems. If you are at all concerned about your child or adolescent, it is important to learn more information immediately and determine if it is a serious problem. Working with parents either on their own or in a family-based approach has been shown to be most effective in helping children and adolescents with anorexia or bulimia quickly improve (this is often referred to as Maudsley or Family-Based Therapy (FBT)). This approach is also used with severe picky eaters, along with exposure and response prevention (ERP) techniques. Additional approaches and tools that can help come from the fields of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). We work with you, the parents, to help you determine if your child or adolescent would benefit from help, and we utilize these approaches in supporting you and your family.

Fears & Worries

Many children and adolescents have general worries or specific fears. Some engage in ritualistic behaviors to help them cope, such as obsessions and compulsions. When any of these start to impact general life or daily functioning, it may be time to get help. We support parents and families using cognitive and behavioral strategies, including exposure and response prevention (ERP), which have been shown to be most helpful.

Pregnancy & Postpartum

Having a child can bring many joys, and also significant difficulties. If you are struggling during pregnancy or as a new parent, you are not alone. We use science-based techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and can provide support and assistance during this challenging time.

Couples

Most couples hit rough patches over time. Everyday life as well as major life changes and stresses (e.g., having children, moving, changing jobs, etc.) can leave partners feeling disconnected. We utilize some of the most effective techniques from Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help couples reconnect.

Group Support

We provide support in a group format to parents and adults seeking to connect with others, develop a sense of community, and learn strategies to support themselves and/or their child or adolescent. Specific groups topics include: 1) Parent Eating Disorder Support Group (for parents of children or adolescents with eating disorders); 2) Parent OCD and Anxiety Support Group (for parents of children or adolescents with anxiety or OCD); and 3) Expat Support Group (for expat adults seeking connection and strategies to thrive in a new country and culture).

Trainings & Consultations

We provide consultation to other providers who wish to learn more about evidence-based therapies, including Family Based Therapy (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). We also work with parents and their child's local therapist to make sure they receive the most advanced treatments supported by the latest research.

Lectures

We give lectures locally to schools and parents on a variety of topics, including disordered eating, anxiety and stress, mindfulness, and low self-esteem. If you are interested and are in the general vicinity of Zurich, Switzerland or Athens, Greece, or if you are interested in a lecture via video, please let us know! (Please note that these lectures are given in English.)