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I was just wondering if a therapist trained in CBT or ACT is more suited to help with our D's care?  


Possibly neither are suitable for you. 

CBT-E is a treatment specifically for eating disorders, however it has a much greater evidence base for adults and those with bulimia rather than AN. CBT alone is probably unsuitable and it may well be that you and the therapist are working against each other. 

ACT is an adjunct treatment for eating disorders. It is not a specific treatment in and of itself. Because it addresses people's personal goals and feelings and learning how to deal with  it is less likely to be harmful, however it also is not necessarily going to help. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Mostly recovered 10 years later.  Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
Thank you so much for the reply, that is kind of what I was suspecting in my mind, but just wasn't sure.  I didn't want to keep my D's recovery back, if I thought she 
could move more quickly toward healing by also having some additional therapy.  At this time, I think we will just keep refeeding and letting her body heal.

Thanks so much,