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Get help. Refer a patient.
Find hope. 888-364-5977

Outpatient And Intensive Outpatient Therapy Supports Your Child's Recovery

Children, teens, and young adults have different concerns than adults. Our providers here specialize in adolescents and will individually tailor a treatment plan to suit your child’s needs. Whether it’s individual, family, or group sessions (or all three), The Emily Program offers a continuum of developmentally appropriate treatment options for all young people. Scheduled around school hours, our weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly individual and group sessions build in times for family involvement—a crucial part of recovery.

Outpatient Care Strengthens Connections

With years of experience treating teens and young adults struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive eating, and related mental health issues, including substance use disorders, we know the value of family involvement in recovery. Outpatient therapy helps your child reconnect with family, friends, and community.

Our adolescent outpatient services team shapes its care programs on these core values:

  • Clients and families always first
  • Interdisciplinary, team-oriented care
  • Flexible, creative, and diverse treatment options
  • Tenacious empathy, respect, patience, and passion for all people in our community

We’ve designed our adolescent services so that parents, stepparents and/or loved ones will actively participate. The Emily Program offers support programs for siblings and counseling for co-parenting adults and couples, too.

Our team also reaches out to your community’s professionals who interact with your child, such as school staff and your physician, therapists, and dietitians, to ensure appropriate after-care. Recovery happens when we work together.

Personalized treatment plans

Our personalized treatment approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Family-Based Treatment may also be appropriate. We personalize each treatment plan, using best practices to provide:

  • Individual therapy for one-on-one sessions with a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and associated health complications
  • Group therapy with other adolescents and young adults experiencing similar issues, thoughts, and feelings
  • Family therapy, if appropriate, to involve parents, siblings, and other family members in the healing process
  • Nutritional rehabilitation, such as therapeutic meals and snacks, cooking classes, and recovery practice in real-world food situations
  • Medical and psychiatric services, with monitoring for vitals, medication, and other follow-up care
  • Chemical dependency and trauma programming
  • Integrative therapies such as art, yoga, movement, and recreational therapy to help adolescents and young adults connect with their bodies, feelings, and thoughts in new and creative ways

Intensive outpatient therapy

At The Emily Program, we provide intensive group-based intervention, support, and structure for children, teens, and young adults.

Our Adolescent-Family Intensive (AFI) program meets three or four days each week, with therapeutic meals and therapies for your child that emphasize recovery as well as practice for relapse prevention skills. Families are invited once a week to participate in groups and meals, too. Is AFI right for your child? Would something more structured and supervised, such as our Adolescent Intensive Day program or 24/7 residential care, provide a better recovery experience? When you complete the eating disorder assessment with your child, we’ll help you determine the level of care that will effectively promote your child’s recovery.

Our Young Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (YAIOP), which takes place at our Toogood location in St. Paul, MN, addresses the unique challenges that young adults face on the road to recovery, including starting college or full-time work, differentiating from parents, and living independently. This experiential, client-driven program is intended for young adults ages 17-22 with an active eating disorder diagnosis. Support nights are offered once a month for friends and family to help foster a strong external peer network.

Individual outpatient therapy

Every client at The Emily Program has an individual therapist and dietitian. In individual outpatient sessions, your child may meet one-on-one with care team members, including a therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, and/or physician. You and your child will likely develop a personal connection with the care team over time. Our staff’s unwavering commitment to recovery strengthens this healing connection.

Group outpatient therapy

At The Emily Program, we believe that group therapy can be an incredibly important part of your child’s recovery from an eating disorder, because groups provide a safe, judgment-free environment to process thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with other teens and young adults in similar situations. We offer many age-appropriate therapeutic and skill-building groups, such as art therapy, yoga, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eating Disorders And Chemical Dependency sessions. Group sessions vary by location. Your child’s individual therapist will recommend a group that might be the best fit.

What’s available?

Click on the links below to learn more about group offerings at our locations:


*Includes groups at St. Louis Park, St. Paul (multiple locations), and Woodbury



Start The Journey To Recovery Now

Use our online form to schedule an eating disorder assessment or call 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977). At The Emily Program, find help. And hope.

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