TBT-S (Temperament Based Therapy with Supports)

TBT-S is eating disorder treatment for older adolescents and adults

What is TBT-S?

TBT-S (Temperament Based Therapy with Supports) is eating disorder treatment for older adolescents and adults.

Originally from the US, TBT-S evolved from Family Based Treatment, and it fits with the EDFA ethos that family and carers are central to recovery, as this treatment acknowledges and embraces the family in the treatment process.

Evidence shows that this exciting new treatment is rigorous and well researched, and data to date is promising. 

How does TBT-S work?

TBT-S uses experiential therapy to help the person with an eating disorder (and their support people) understand how their symptoms can be explained by their temperament – an umbrella term involving biology, brain functioning, genetics and personality traits.

For example, personality traits such as perfectionism, impulsivity, harm avoidance and determination are common among people with eating disorders.

And although we are treatment agnostic here at EDFA, we are excited about TBT-S and its possibilities. 

Our goal is to have the TBT-S methodology available at one centre in each state. 

Carer and Clinician Education

In early 2019, EDFA conducted a series of sold out workshops across the country.

In partnership with EDANZ, we were able to reach over 350 carers and clinicians across Australia and New Zealand. 

EDFA brought clinicians and carers together for the workshops to recognise that both are critical members of the team and can learn from each other as well as the TBT-S presenters.

Seminars on TBT-S (Temperament based therapy with supports)

Register for TBT-S Webinars

In 2021 EDFA is providing opportunities for Clinicians to learn more about Temperament Based Therapy with Supports (TBT-S)


Why involve families?

Dr Stephanie Knazt-Peck of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) chats to Dr Ivan Eisler of the Maudsley Institute (UK) about the importance of families/parents/carers in the treatment of young adults and adults as part of the therapeutic alliance between clinicians and families/parents/carers.

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