SPACE Eating Disorder Treatment for Parents

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You deserve to know what makes ED go away … and what makes it more likely to stay.

You’re in the right place if this sounds like you …

  • I’m worried that she’s not making any progress even with the best treatment.
  • I know we need to stop negotiating with him about food, but I don’t know how to do it without an explosion.
  • She’s eating less and less every day – we’re headed in the wrong direction.
  • I am waking up with anxiety every single day.
  • I feel helpless.
  • He has violent emotional outbursts when I try to get him to eat more.
  • I just want to know how to best support her – what am I supposed to be doing?
  • How can I help my daughter without causing more stress and anger?
  • We’ve done everything we were told to, but I feel something’s missing.
Yale University

SPACE Treatment was developed to treat parents for their kids’ anxiety

Developed and validated by scientists at Yale University, SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) is an evidence-based, parent-based treatment to reduce kids’ anxiety.

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SPACE Treatment for Eating Disorders

An 8-week intensive coaching program to help you learn the one thing parents do that makes it easier for eating disorders to stick around, and how to stop doing it. Learn the skills you need to reduce eating anxiety and increase flexibility and resilience.

In this coaching program you’ll learn:

Learn the one thing that makes ED way too comfy.

Set boundaries and stay steady even when things get firey.

Recognize and respond to ED anxiety effectively.

Everything Included:

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SPACE Training & skills

parent coach reading and homework

worksheets & homework

support & encouragement


“It’s like night and day. I went from feeling like there was nothing to do to seeing all the little things I could do to change things.”

— S. Perry

Private Training

$1,195

8 weeks of individual, private SPACE sessions with Ginny.

  • 8 in-person lessons with Ginny
  • Worksheets & homework
  • 100% personalized course

On-demand Training

$475

$395

  • 8 online lessons
  • Worksheets & homework
  • Email check-ins with Ginny

Plus: 1 in-person session with Ginny

This changes everything.

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You’ll understand how your behavior affects eating anxiety.

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You’ll know how to respond to eating anxiety with confidence.

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You’ll see less anxiety and more flexibility and resilience.

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Ready to Get Started?

I’d love to work with you! SPACE Treatment will help you reduce your child’s eating anxiety and increase their flexibility and resilience.

The SPACE solution

SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) is an evidence-based treatment program that helps kids who suffer from severe anxiety symptoms. With eating disorders, anxiety symptoms may include not eating, a small list of acceptable food, binge eating, food rituals, over-exercise, and body-checking. With SPACE, children are the treatment targets, but parents are the ones who attend coaching sessions. 

SPACE treatment can help parents deal with eating disorder behaviors and anxiety around eating, food, and body image. Because while the available treatments can be helpful, they require engagement from the kids and rarely teach parents how to respond effectively to eating disorder anxieties when they show up at home.

With SPACE treatment, I’m able to teach parents exactly what to do, what not to do, and how to make a difference in eating disorder anxiety.

Recently the creators of SPACE developed and tested SPACE-ARFID, which provides even more guidance about how I can help parents who are dealing with food anxieties.

SPACE is very effective in helping parents help kids learn to surf the waves of their anxiety with you by their side. And the kids don’t need to show up or engage in a single session. Parents do the work, but the kids benefit from the treatment. This is especially helpful when the child is resistant to treatment.

SPACE 4ED for Parents

Parent training to reduce eating disorder anxiety

When parents face kids with an eating disorder, they often feel overwhelmed and exhausted. This is because it takes tremendous effort to convince these kids to feed their bodies and take good care of themselves. The eating disorder anxieties often grow and expand even as parents make their best efforts to help their kids recover.

With SPACE, parents are the ones who attend coaching sessions. You don’t need to force kids to attend SPACE treatment sessions. Your kid doesn’t need to be engaged or motivated to change their behavior for SPACE to work.

SPACE is an 8-16-week coaching program that’s an effective way to:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Increase food flexibility
  • Reduce food rigidity
  • Function better in a variety of food environments
  • Expand the list of “accepted foods”
  • Decrease food-related stress
  • Respond to body-checking
  • Reduce family accommodation
  • Teach parents to support children through resistance and fear
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which eating disorders does SPACE work with?

It works with any eating disorder because the focus is the behaviors, not the specific diagnosis. SPACE is a treatment for anxious emotions and behaviors. We’ll target eating disorder behaviors that are driven by anxiety. These include food and eating behaviors, body checking, body talk, treatment resistance, exercise, and more. If you’re not sure if SPACE is a fit for you, please contact me and I’ll be happy to talk it through with you.

Is SPACE compatible with FBT?

Yes. If you have a therapist who is helping you with FBT then you’ll want to check to make sure it feels appropriate, but there is no conflict between SPACE and FBT, and in fact SPACE can enhance FBT and make it easier.

Can I do SPACE if my child is medically compromised?

Maybe. In this case, we would need to be very thoughtful about your target behaviors. If this is your situation, please contact me, and we can discuss this some more.

It seems like SPACE is for younger children. Can you recommend something similar for kids who are over 20?

SPACE can work for any age, but it is typically most effective when your child lives at home. About half of my clients have kids who are over 18, so I have a lot of experience working with parents who have older kids. I use both SPACE and a more fluid/less structured coaching style with these parents, and it’s been very effective! Please contact me if you’d like to talk about the best approach for you.

Is SPACE appropriate for kids who have ADHD and/or Autism?

Yes. SPACE has been effective in working with kids who have ADHD and/or Autism. Please let me know if your child has either so that I can intentionally work that into your treatment plan.