Exploring Food Allergy Families
Food Allergy Treatments: Tips to Navigate Emotions, Decisions & Power Struggles; Guest: Marte Matthews, LMFT [Ep. 8]
Jul 6, 2020 · 1 hr 3 min
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Whether you've just learned about, or are considering or currently taking part in food allergy treatments, this episode will offer insights into the emotional aspects of treatments - a focus not always openly explored.

My guest on this episode is Marte Matthews, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice who also works with allergic patients at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford University.

Marte and I explore the following topics: 

  • Important factors to think about when considering food allergy treatments
  • Assessing your own and/or your child's feelings about and motivations for treatments
  • How to navigate possible thought/feeling hurdles during all phases of treatment 
  • Key communication strategies that are especially helpful during the treatment and maintenance phases
  • Assessing/addressing your child's treatment-related anxiety
  • Separating your own anxiety and stress from your child's (how and why)
  • Tips to move through possible power struggles throughout the process
  • Guilt related to NOT pursuing treatments or FOR pursuing treatments

[This episode is also beneficial for healthcare providers and fellow therapists wanting to better understand the potential emotional experiences and struggles patients have during treatments, and how to help them through it.]

So grab a cup of coffee and take advantage of two family therapy-trained and allergy-informed therapists in one spot! And please let us know if this topic resonated with you by leaving a rating or review, or by sharing!

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