Parent/Caregiver Group

The Chesnut Group is pleased to offer a support and skills-based group for those supporting a child in recovery from an eating disorder. The group will allow for parents and caregivers to process their experiences, receive support from one another, and develop skills as needed based on Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), an evidence-based treatment model for families.

Start date: Late July (start date TBD)

Meeting time: Meeting dates TBD

Group facilitator: Megan Bailey Bruce, ACSW

Price: $75 per group

Contact: Please email to register or request more information.

About Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

EFFT draws from interpersonal neurobiology in its stance that caregivers have the greatest potential to impact on their child’s healing – even more than the therapist.

EFFT coaches caregivers to:

  1. Lovingly intervene in the behaviors bringing the child into therapy and integrate healthy replacement behaviors
  2. Support the child in understanding their emotional experience and getting their emotional needs met in order to improve their emotion regulation abilities and self-esteem
  3. Process and heal any unresolved wounds in the caregiver-child relationship

EFFT also provides caregivers with the opportunity to process and work through any challenging emotions that may be interfering as they take on this active role in their child’s healing.

EFFT can be used for children of any age and can take various forms including families, caregivers only, or a caregiver and child. EFFT was originally developed to treat eating disorders and has expanded to also address issues such as depression, anxiety, and life transitions.


  • To learn more about Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, click here.