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There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community. Subscribe via RSS to receive automatic updates. We want to hear your story. Email us (blog@emilyprogram.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

September 19, 2018

Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment
for Children and Adolescents

Children, teens, and young adults face unique age-related challenges and require a different approach to eating disorder treatment than adults do. Early intervention is essential, especially during the crucial developmental years of childhood. At The Emily Program, we’ve designed our youth programming to specifically address developing minds and bodies. Our providers specialize in evaluating and treating young people and design an evidence-based, tailored eating disorder treatment plan to suit the age, developmental stage, and unique needs of each child and adolescent in our care.

The Emily Program offers a continuum of developmentally appropriate outpatient eating disorder treatment modalities for all children and adolescents. Your child’s personalized treatment plan can be scheduled around school hours, and will include a combination of treatment approaches, such as individual and group therapy, Family-Based Treatment (FBT), nutrition, and medical and psychiatric services as needed. We know that eating disorders affect everyone in a family, so we’ve designed our child and adolescent services so that loved ones can actively participate in the healing process. Recovery happens when we work together.

Our adolescent outpatient eating disorder treatment shapes its care programs on these core values:

  • Passion: We are passionate about treating eating disorders and helping our clients get well.

  • Respect: Clients and families come first—we have empathy and patience for everyone in our community.

  • Commitment: We are committed to facilitating the recovery of the greatest number of people in need.

  • Collaboration: We partner with families and communities to offer flexible eating disorder treatment options to help children and adolescents.

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Outpatient eating disorder treatment strengthens connections

Years of experience treating children and adolescents struggling with anorexia, bulimiabinge eating disorder, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED), compulsive overeating, and related mental health issues, confirm what research shows: that family involvement leads to the best recovery outcomes. Working closely with our outpatient treatment teams means you’ll be empowered to help your child overcome their eating disorder—for good.

We’ve designed our child and adolescent outpatient eating disorder services so that parents, caregivers, and/or other loved ones can actively participate in the healing process. The Emily Program also offers support programs for siblings and counseling for co-parenting adults and couples.

In addition, your child’s treatment team will help integrate your community support network into the treatment journey. They will reach out to the community 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 eating disorder treatment for children and adolescents

Our outpatient eating disorder treatment for children and adolescents is rooted in a comprehensive and evidence-based approach. Our model tailors treatment to each client, with programming informed by the principles of Family-Based Treatment (FBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Our eating disorder treatment plans for children and adolescents include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Nutrition education
  • Medical and psychiatric services, as needed

Individual sessions

During individual outpatient sessions for children and adolescents at The Emily Program, your child will meet one-on-one with a therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, and/or physician, as needed. The type and frequency of individual sessions vary by treatment plan and are designed to help each client move forward in recovery. In individual therapy and nutrition education sessions, your child will have the opportunity to learn more about their illness and triggers while challenging the thoughts and behaviors that maintain their eating disorder. The supportive relationships your child will develop with their treatment team will ultimately strengthen their recovery and help them learn and practice the skills they need for health.


Group therapy

At The Emily Program, we believe that group therapy can be an incredibly important part of recovery from an eating disorder. Held in age-appropriate small groups and led by a licensed therapist, group therapy provides a safe, judgment-free environment that can assist in processing, skill-building, and healing with other children and adolescents in similar situations. The Emily Program’s group sessions vary by location. Your intake therapist and/or individual therapist will recommend groups that are the best fit for your child.


Family therapy

Family involvement is a foundational component in outpatient eating disorder treatment for kids and teens. We know that support people are instrumental in helping young people reach treatment goals and maintain progress in recovery. At The Emily Program, families learn alongside their loved one, developing the tools and knowledge to provide the support the child needs.

The Emily Program’s family therapy starts with the understanding that families are not the cause of their loved one’s eating disorder and that, when taking an active role, they can be a major ally in recovery. We encourage and support the involvement of all kinds of communities of support in a child or adolescent’s treatment.


Frequently asked questions about outpatient eating disorder treatment
for children and adolescents

  • How do I talk to my child about their eating disorder?

    Discussing an eating disorder with your child or adolescent requires sensitivity, understanding, and timing. It’s important to start these conversations as soon as you spot the warning signs. It might be tempting to wait for symptoms to potentially resolve on their own, but the longer an eating disorder has to take root, the greater your child’s risk is for a longer or more intensive treatment stay, as well as additional health complications.

    For children under 11, we advise first bringing your concerns to your child’s pediatrician, primary care physician or therapist, who can guide you on appropriate steps. When talking to adolescents (12 and older), it’s key to consider the setting and the way you intend to communicate your concerns. Choose a moment where you’re not feeling rushed. Limit the amount of distractions to express your concerns clearly and specifically. In general, limiting the number of people involved in the conversation will make the environment feel safer for your child.

    You might be tempted to confront your child in the moments after you discover that they’re engaging in disordered behaviors. Instead, try to pause and take a breath to avoid emotional escalation. As you ready yourself for a conversation, remember that you don’t need to have all the answers right away. We encourage starting with basic eating disorder education to prevent perpetuating any myths—check out reliable resources like our Eating Disorder Facts and Resources for Families web pages.

    Be prepared for different reactions. Your child may dismiss your concerns or feel relieved to be understood. Ensure your child knows they have your support and that the discussion isn’t a one-time event; you’re taking this seriously. Emphasize that your care extends beyond their symptoms to their overall well-being.

    If your child is unwilling to discuss their eating disorder, provide a specific amount of time for them to reflect on your concerns before you revisit the conversation. Affirm how important your child is to you and how much you care about them. You may choose to offer various options to continue the dialogue, whether through text, email, or in person, reinforcing your commitment to their health and happiness.

  • What is the first step in getting outpatient eating disorder treatment for my child?

    Your child’s path to recovery begins with scheduling an assessment. This process requires no referral. Contact us by calling 1-888-364-5977 or completing our online form to have a member of our team reach out to you. Our phone lines are staffed seven days a week by our compassionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable Admissions Specialists. They’re ready to provide support, education, and guidance as you begin your family’s journey toward healing. If you have any questions about insurance coverage, please refer to our Insurance Resources; otherwise, feel free to make any insurance-related inquiries to our Admissions Team.

    During the eating disorder assessment, a specialized therapist will ask you a variety of questions about your concerns for your child. They may also ask to speak to your adolescent about their health, eating, and relationship to food and their body. This commitment-free consultation is designed to identify the most appropriate level of care for your child along the continuum we offer. We’ll consider not only the type and severity of your child’s eating disorder but also their personality, unique needs, family and social situation, and any special life circumstances. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and get clarity on the next steps. For further details on what to expect during the admissions process or how to prepare, visit our “What to Expect When You Contact The Emily Program” blog or our website’s ‘Get Help‘ section.

    Taking this first step can often feel overwhelming, but reaching out for professional help is critical for sustained recovery, offering the comprehensive, holistic support to effectively reclaim your child’s life from their eating disorder.

September 19, 2018

Adult Day Treatment For Eating Disorders

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The Emily Program’s eating disorder day treatment for adults encompasses both a partial hospitalization program/intensive day program (PHP/IDP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP). Each program is designed to support individuals in their recovery from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosabinge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)

Our treatment philosophy is centered on providing a healing environment that addresses the complexities of eating disorders with empathy, understanding, and proven therapeutic methods. Whether you are stepping down from residential eating disorder treatment or seeking structured support to begin your journey to recovery, The Emily Program’s eating disorder day treatment for adults provides the tools and compassionate support needed for recovery and relapse prevention. 

By focusing on personalized care for each of our clients, the team of experts at The Emily Program works to make sure that each individual’s journey to recovery is met with care and professionalism, fostering a path to a healthier, more empowered life. 


Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP)

This intensive, all-day program is for those stepping out of residential care or those who need more support than the intensive outpatient program (IOP). Clients in our PHP/IDP eating disorder  program typically spend 5 days/week, 6 hours/day in PHP/IDP, either in our facilities or in a virtual environment.

Programming includes structured therapeutic meals, behavior exposure groups, and experiential challenges. During your treatment, you’ll meet with your therapist, dietitian, and other medical professionals. Psychiatric assessment, medication management, and medical monitoring may also be part of your partial hospitalization/intensive day program.

We also offer lodging accommodations to make PHP/IDP possible for clients coming from a distance. The lodging option is available to adults 18+ in St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Seattle, and Cleveland.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) focuses on recovery and relapse prevention for those in need of more structure and support than non-intensive outpatient treatment. While in our IOP eating disorder program, clients will typically spend 4 days/week, 3 hours/day in programming either in our facilities or in a virtual environment. Group-based intervention and therapeutic meals provide enhanced therapeutic support and symptom interruption.


Day Eating Disorder Treatment Includes:

  • Group therapy sessions focusing on recovery skills foundational to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Nutrition support through dietitian-planned meals
  • Creative and movement therapies
  • Nutrition and food preparation skills
  • Personalized therapy and nutrition counseling
  • Medical and psychiatric care that addresses the complexities of eating disorders and co-occurring conditions
  • Case management and educational support that monitors progress

    What can you expect a day in our eating disorder treatment to look like?

    Each day in our eating disorder day treatment for adults is thoughtfully structured to foster recovery and personal growth. Our PHP/IDP and IOP programs are tailored to offer a blend of therapeutic activities and personal reflection time, incorporating a variety of therapeutic approaches suitable for different ages. Each of the carefully selected methods aims to equip clients with the skills needed for recovery, identify and deal with triggers, and gain a deeper insight into the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects that contribute to eating disorders. 

    A typical day in our eating disorder day treatment program might begin with a group session focused on developing coping strategies, followed by a shared, therapeutic meal designed to practice mindful eating in a supportive setting. Afternoons could include individual therapy sessions, nutrition education, or expressive arts therapy. 

    Our approach at The Emily Program is designed to emphasize the importance of integrating treatment into daily life, allowing clients to apply what they’ve learned in real-world situations. This balance of structured care and practical application ensures that each person has the tools and support to successfully navigate the recovery journey. 


    How do I get started with the adult day treatment for eating disorders program?

    Starting on the journey toward recovery begins with understanding your needs. The Emily Program offers a starting point through our eating disorder quiz

    For those prepared to start their eating disorder recovery, we encourage you to contact us at 1-888-364-5977 to arrange your first assessment. 

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    September 19, 2018

    Day Treatment Programs – Eating Disorder Treatment for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

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    Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP)

    This intensive eating disorder treatment program is for those stepping out of residential care or those in need of more support than the intensive outpatient program (IOP) for children, adolescents, and young adults.

    Your child will spend 5 days/week, 6 hours/day, plus school, studying, or tutoring hours, in treatment either in our facilities or in a virtual treatment environment. Programming includes structured therapeutic meals, behavior exposure groups, and experiential challenges.

    During eating disorder treatment, your child will meet with a therapist, dietitian, and other medical professionals. Psychiatric assessment, medication management, and medical monitoring may also be part of your intensive day/partial hospitalization program. In addition to one-on-one therapy, many of our eating disorder treatment programs for adolescents are based on the Maudsley Approach, which recognizes the importance of family involvement in the treatment of eating disorders.

    PHP/IDP is one of the best options for young clients needing the most symptom-reduction attention and staff support while still living at home.


    Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

    Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) for children, adolescents, and young adults focuses on recovery and relapse prevention for adolescents and families in need of more structure and support than non-intensive outpatient treatment. Your child will typically spend 4 days/week, 3 hours per day in programming, either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment, with weekly family participation. Group-based intervention and therapeutic meals provide enhanced therapeutic support and symptom interruption.

    We understand the journey to recovery begins with a single step. Those exploring our day treatment options are encouraged to start with our eating disorder quiz. This initial step is vital in acknowledging the necessity for professional intervention. Our team is unwavering in their commitment to providing the support, expertise, and compassionate care needed for individuals embarking on their path to recovery.

    We are here to help families of  children, teens, and young adults contemplating the first step toward overcoming an eating disorder. Contact us at 1-888-364-5977 to schedule an assessment. Upholding our dedication to delivering exceptional care and assisting individuals in regaining autonomy over their lives from eating disorders is fundamental to The Emily Program’s ethos.

    For detailed information about our day treatment services and how they can be adapted to suit the specific requirements of children, teens, and young adults, please contact The Emily Program. Our team specializes in delivering effective, heartfelt therapy for eating disorders, supporting you every step of the way toward recovery.

    Therapies and Services Available in Our Day Treatment Programs for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

    At The Emily Program, we recognize that the path to recovery from eating disorders is uniquely personal, demanding a combination of compassion, specialized knowledge, and customized care. Our partial hospitalization/intensive day program (PHP/IDP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) are crafted to provide structured, supportive paths to recovery, specifically designed to meet adolescents and children at any point in their journey toward healing.

    PHP/IDP Eating Disorder Treatment for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

    Our PHP/IDP offers a comprehensive treatment experience for eating disorders, integrating evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) alongside nutritional counseling, all within a nurturing community environment. This program is perfectly suited for kids, teens, and young adults requiring intensive support without the need for full hospitalization, operating 5 days a week with a schedule of structured therapeutic activities.

    Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Treating Eating Disorders in Children, Teens, and Young Adults

    Designed with flexibility in mind, our IOP for eating disorders allows young individuals to pursue recovery while maintaining their daily life commitments. While IOP retains a similar focus to PHP/IDP,  it offers participants the chance to remain engaged with their personal, professional, and educational responsibilities, as program hours take place over just a few hours each day. 

    Both programs are built around the principles of personalized care, community support, and family involvement, ensuring a comprehensive approach to recovery. Joining The Emily Program means becoming part of a community that is deeply committed to supporting the wellness and resilience journey of every child, teen, and young adult in our care.

    Eating Disorders Treated By Our Day Treatment Programs For Children, Teens, And Young Adults

    At The Emily Program, we’re dedicated to providing specialized eating disorder treatment for adolescents navigating the complexities of eating disorders. Our approach is centered on creating personalized treatment plans that cater specifically to the needs of children, teens, and adolescents. By integrating therapy for a range of eating disorders with support for co-occurring mental health issues, we strive to offer comprehensive care in a welcoming and empathetic environment.

    Our services are designed to support young ones grappling with anorexia nervosa, where the fear of gaining weight and a skewed self-image can be overwhelming. Through our targeted therapy and support, we aim to foster a journey towards healing in a nurturing and understanding space.

    We also address the needs of those facing bulimia nervosa, characterized by a cycle of binge eating and subsequent compensatory actions like self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise. Our tailored strategies are aimed at helping young individuals navigate and surmount these challenges.

    For children and teens experiencing binge eating disorder, which is marked by overeating episodes often linked to emotional distress and a feeling of loss of control, we provide a supportive environment focused on uncovering and managing emotional triggers and promoting healthier eating practices.

    Eating disorder treatment for teens and kids also tackles compulsive overeating, a condition where excessive eating doesn’t stem from hunger but rather emotional needs, leading to potential weight gain and health issues. We offer effective strategies aimed at helping young people alter these patterns.

    Our inclusive care extends to treating OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder) and ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder), ensuring we cover a wide spectrum of eating disorders. Our goal is to ensure that every child, adolescent, and young adult in our care receives the understanding, support, and expert treatment they need to navigate their recovery journey.

    September 13, 2018

    Residential Eating Disorder Treatment for
    Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

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    For children, adolescents, and young adults, real healing can begin in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment. The Anna Westin House for Adolescents in St. Paul, Minnesota and our Columbus Residential Site in Columbus, Ohio are licensed eating disorder treatment centers that help children, adolescents, and young adults of any gender who struggle with eating disorders.

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    Why Do Some Children, Teens, and Young Adults Need Residential Care?

    The Emily Program’s residential programs for adolescents offer unparalleled 24/7 care tailored to the unique needs of young clients with eating disorders. We offer adolescent residential care in two locations: the Anna Westin House for Adolescents in St. Paul, MN, and Columbus Residential in central Ohio.

    Residential eating disorder treatment centers offer a lifeline for children, adolescents, and young adults grappling with serious eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED), Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and related mental health and body image issues.

    Residential treatment is essential when the severity of an individual’s condition demands around-the-clock care and supervision. Within the nurturing space of our residential eating disorder treatment centers, our compassionate teams of psychiatrists, therapists, dietitians, and nurses create holistic, personalized treatment plans to guide children, adolescents, and young adults on their journey to eating disorder recovery.

    Our residential eating disorder treatment centers are designed not just for stabilization but for fostering the skills and strategies needed for sustainable, long-lasting recovery. The environment provides a safe haven from everyday pressures and triggers, where children, adolescents, and young adults can focus entirely on their journey to wellness.

    Beginning residential eating disorder care marks a critical step toward healing, a recognition of the complexity of eating disorders and the multifaceted care approach necessary for overcoming them. It’s a journey that underscores commitment—to health, recovery, and a future of peaceful relationships with food.


    Around-the-clock personalized eating disorder treatment

    The Emily Program’s residential eating disorder treatment programs for adolescents offer unparalleled 24/7 care tailored to the unique needs of young clients with eating disorders. We offer child, adolescent, and young adult residential eating disorder treatment in two locations: the Anna Westin House for Adolescents in St. Paul, MN, and Columbus Residential in central Ohio. 

    At both residential programs, our 24/7 care teams include:

    • Physicians
    • Psychiatrists
    • Psychologists
    • Dietitians
    • Expressive arts and movement therapists
    • Academic support staff
    • Recreational therapists
    • Nurses
    • Eating disorders technicians

    Nursing staff is always on duty, while eating disorder technicians and/or therapists are always on hand to support and manage appropriate resident relationships. Depending on the location, school-aged clients receive academic support through local licensed teachers, parents coordinating with home schools, or LearnWell Educational Services.

    Our residential eating disorder treatment programs are comfortable, state-of-the-art facilities nestled in peaceful neighborhoods. No matter the location, clients will be in a safe and secure environment where real healing can happen.

    Our team of therapists, dietitians, psychiatrists, and/or medical doctors seamlessly integrates supervised care and medical monitoring with personalized treatment plans. Clients engage in individual and group therapy. The structured and supportive care we offer combines the clinical expertise of our experienced staff with evidence-based therapies incorporating psychological, nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and integrative interventions in a comprehensive approach.

    Substance use disorder (chemical dependency), abuse history, or other mental health complications often add layers of complexity to eating disorder treatment. We know. Many of us have been there, too, and we’re ready to guide your child on the recovery journey. We’ve worked successfully with children, teens, and young adults with eating disorders—and their families—since 1993.


    What Can Children, Teens, and Young Adults Expect During a Day in Residential Eating Disorder Treatment?

    At The Emily Program, children, adolescents, and young adults stepping into our residential eating disorder treatment centers will find structured, supportive days designed to pave their path to recovery. A typical day in our residential eating disorder treatment program may look like the following.

    Mornings begin with a therapeutic meal, carefully designed to support the individual nutritional needs of each client. After breakfast, clients attend group therapy sessions, offering a space for reflection and growth through shared experiences and professional guidance. Key topics include coping mechanisms, body image, and managing emotions, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

    Afternoons are often dedicated to nutrition therapy and experiential activities, such as meal preparation and expressive arts. Each of these sessions aims to help clients rebuild a healthy relationship with food and themselves. These activities not only educate but also empower residents with practical skills for life beyond treatment.

    Family therapy sessions foster a supportive recovery environment by engaging families in the eating disorder treatment process. In Family-Based Treatment (FBT), parents and caregivers learn new skills to support their child’s recovery and interrupt eating disorder behaviors.

    Each of our residential eating disorder treatment centers also offers educational support, making certain that young clients don’t miss a step in their academic journey.

    Each day, from morning until night, is filled with opportunities for learning, growth, and healing, supported by a dedicated team of professionals. This comprehensive, compassionate care makes The Emily Program a beacon of hope for those seeking residential eating disorder treatment, whether they’re adolescents, young adults, or children, ensuring a path toward a healthier, fulfilling life.


    While working with The Emily Program, you can expect us to:

    • Respect you and your child as individuals
    • Reassure your child that recovery from their eating disorder is possible
    • Understand how hard recovery can be
    • Remain committed to your child’s recovery, even on days when they doubt it
    • Take every diagnosis and treatment seriously
    • Provide insights and skills that help your child improve their life
    • Provide your child with a knowledgeable, trustworthy individual therapist and dietitian
    • Provide medical and psychiatric services, as needed
    • Offer multiple therapy and support groups, addressing a wide range of issues
    • Encourage and support your involvement with Family-Based Treatment, family therapy, couples therapy, and other support for family and friends, based on your unique needs
    • Base our treatment decisions on research, community standards, and sound clinical judgment
    • Help you navigate the insurance system, working diligently to ensure the highest coverage possible
    • Work with passion and integrity to serve you and your child in a way that works best for you

    Our expectations for you and your child are simple—and also may be difficult (that’s OK; recovery is hard work). We expect:

    • Your child to actively participate in recovery from their eating disorder
    • You and your child to be honest and respectful with yourself and those around you
    • You and your child to make treatment and recovery a top priority

    We stay with you through recovery

    When your child is ready to transition out of one of our residential eating disorder treatment centers, we’re still here for your family for the next step. The length of a residential stay depends on your child’s needs and situation; most residents “step down” to our adolescent Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP) when leaving residential care.

    You’ll still have access to many of The Emily Program’s outpatient options for your child, including our intensive day programs and intensive outpatient programs; individual, group, and family therapy; psychiatry and medical services; and nutritional counseling. We also work with community professionals, including your child’s physician, school staff, and your local therapists and dietitians, to ensure appropriate aftercare.


    Our mission is transparent:

    To provide exceptional care leading to recovery from eating disorders. Ideally, we want a world of peaceful relationships with food, weight, and body image, where everyone with an eating disorder can experience recovery.

    We’ll help your child and your family recognize and change destructive eating disorder behaviors and replace them with positive, lasting coping mechanisms that support a whole, joyful life.

    If you’re concerned about eating behaviors for yourself, your child, or someone close to you, it’s important to seek clarity. We offer a detailed eating disorder quiz that can help identify the signs of an eating disorder. Take the first step toward understanding and recovery by completing the quiz today.

    September 13, 2018

    Residential Eating Disorder Treatment for Adults

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    For many clients, healing begins with a safe, supportive, and homelike environment. Our residential treatment locations, including the Anna Westin House for Adults in St. Paul, MN; The Emily Program – Residential in Cleveland Heights, OH; The Emily Program – Residential in Seattle, WA; and the Anna Westin House West in Minneapolis, MN, welcome adults of all genders who struggle with eating disorders.

    At the Emily Program, our residential eating disorder treatment for adults includes a comprehensive and personalized approach from a dedicated treatment team. This team includes psychiatrists, medical providers, therapists, dietitians, and nurses, who work together to deliver evidence-based therapies tailored to each individual’s needs. This multidisciplinary approach facilitates whole-person healing and prepares clients for long-term recovery.

    Our residential programming supports the development of positive coping mechanisms, which are essential for transitioning to lower levels of care. With significant meal and behavioral support, clients can experience greater freedom while maintaining treatment continuity.

    If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder, reach out to The Emily Program by calling 1-888-364-5977 or filling out our online form. If you are unsure if you’re experiencing eating disorder symptoms, take our eating disorder quiz

    We are here seven days a week to answer your questions and assist you in your eating disorder recovery.

    Supportive care and a comprehensive approach

    The structured and supportive residential eating disorder treatment programs combine the clinical expertise of our experienced staff with evidence-based therapies. We integrate psychological, nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and integrative interventions to provide a comprehensive approach to recovery.

    Treating an eating disorder can be complex, especially when substance use disorder, a history of abuse, or other mental health issues are also present. Many of us have faced these co-occurring challenges ourselves, and we’re here to guide you on your recovery journey.

    We’ll work with you and your family to recognize and change destructive eating disorder behaviors, replacing them with positive, lasting coping mechanisms that support a whole, joyful life.

    We’re here for the transition to everyday life

    When you’re ready to transition out of our residential eating disorder treatment program, we’re still here for you every step of the way. You’ll have access to many of The Emily Program day treatment options, such as intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and intensive day/partial hospitalization programs (IDP/PHP), as well as any of our lodging facilities. We also offer individual, group, and family therapy; psychiatry and medical services; and nutritional counseling. 

    Additionally, we collaborate with community professionals, including your physician and local therapists and dietitians, to ensure you receive appropriate aftercare.

    Why some clients need residential eating disorder treatment

    When an eating disorder reaches a critical level, characterized by medical instability, difficulty breaking free of disordered behaviors, or significant changes in BMI, residential eating disorder treatment may become necessary to ensure safety and provide immediate intervention.

    At The Emily Program, our residential eating disorder treatment for adults offers 24/7 medical and nursing care. This comprehensive level of care creates a safe and supportive environment where clients can begin their recovery journey with the appropriate level of support.

    What to expect from our residential eating disorder treatment program

    Choosing to enter a residential eating disorder treatment program is a significant step towards recovery, especially for those facing severe medical complications or pervasive eating disorder behaviors.

    At The Emily Program, our residential eating disorder treatment program for adults offers a structured and supportive environment where healing can begin.

    Clients in our residential eating disorder treatment can expect comprehensive care provided by a dedicated team, delivering personalized, evidence-based treatments tailored to each individual’s needs. The residential setting fosters a sense of community, with staff and fellow residents providing continuous support and encouragement.

    While entering residential eating disorder treatment may require stepping away from daily responsibilities and can present logistical challenges, the experience is often transformative. At The Emily Program, we understand these concerns and work closely with clients and their families to address them. Our team assists with coordination of care, provides clear communication, and offers resources to help manage daily life during treatment. This level of care helps clients reduce eating disorder behaviors, develop healthier eating habits, and gain confidence in managing meals prepared by others, significantly reducing the risk of relapse.

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    September 10, 2018

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Emily Program is here to answer any questions you have about eating disorders and the recovery journey. We want to help. For more information, please call us today at 1-888-364-5977.

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    Who is Emily of The Emily Program?

    She’s both a real person and a philosophy. When Dirk Miller opened his new clinic for people with eating disorders, he named it for his sister, Emily, who had recovered from an eating disorder.

    Through the years, that name has come to signify personalized care for all individuals struggling with eating disorders – the hallmark of The Emily Program. Members of our eating disorder treatment team often develop a personal connection with clients.

    This connection is often the start of a long-term relationship because eating disorders can sometimes be difficult, long-term illnesses. Strengthening this connection is The Emily Program staff’s unparalleled commitment. We help clients heal, and we do much more. We work hard to prevent eating disorders by promoting awareness of their causes and their effects on families and communities.

    Our staff has extensive experience in the field. Some also have personal experience with recovery.

    “We think like people with eating disorders think,” says Miller. “We ‘are’ our clients… we know the changes people need to make to live through patterns of thoughts and feelings.”

    How long will I be in treatment?

    We personalize eating disorder treatment for each individual, so the answer is different for each person. Recovery happens in different ways. Together we’ll determine the program that seems like the best fit for you. We’ll work with you for as long as you need to meet your recovery goals.

    What is the assessment process?

    It is a thorough, simple, and confidential process tailored to your needs. Once you call us at 1-888-364-5977 or complete an online form, an admissions specialist will talk with you about what you or your child are experiencing, answer questions, collect your personal information (name, contact info, insurance information), and help schedule your intake assessment. After your intake, we will provide a level of care recommendation and schedule your start date.

    How do I get a family member or a friend to call and schedule an appointment?

    It is very difficult to watch someone in your life struggling with an eating disorder. We understand. And we know that you may be unsure of how to help those with eating disorders. These steps can help frame how you present your concerns to your family member or friend:

    Ask to speak to the person in a private setting.

    Explain your specific concerns to the person in a non-judgmental, compassionate way. Use “I” language like:

    • “I’m concerned because you seem to be isolated and not wanting to be involved in any activities, especially when there is food involved.”
    • “I see a large amount of food disappearing in the house and I’m concerned that you may be struggling with an eating problem.”
    • “I see a change in your behavior during family meals, and there’s growing tension during meals. I’m concerned that eating and food is becoming a problem for you.”
    • “Your mood seems to be changing these days and I’m concerned about you.”

    Offer to stay with the person while they make the phone call. Offer to accompany the person to the assessment evaluation. If the person is resistant to making the call, let them know that you will continue to check in.

    Get support for yourself. Being concerned about someone else who is reluctant to seek help can drain you mentally and emotionally. For more information, please call us at 1-888-603-8796 or complete an online form.

    Check out our resources for families for help with perspective.

    What are the eating disorder treatments you offer?

    The Emily Program offers a compassionate, personalized approach to eating disorder treatment for individuals facing challenges like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, and more. Our eating disorder programs are tailored to meet each person’s unique needs, providing a path to recovery that respects the individual’s journey. From residential to outpatient eating disorder treatment, we ensure everyone receives the support necessary for healing.

    You have many programs. How do I know what program I’ll be in?

    Since we tailor our eating disorder treatment to you as an individual, we can’t answer that question until we know more about you. At your assessment, you and your intake therapist will decide together which eating disorder treatment options make the most sense for you and why. Call us at 1-888-364-5977 or use the online form to schedule an assessment.

    Will my insurance cover The Emily Program?

    Many insurance companies cover The Emily Program eating disorder treatment and we can work with you to determine what your insurance will cover. More detailed insurance information, including a list of current insurance providers, is available in the insurance section of our website. You’ll also find our Insurance Verification Tool there, which helps you to speak with your insurance company about the services covered by your plan. The Emily Program helps you navigate the insurance system, too. If you have questions about your coverage, please call our admissions team at 1-888-603-8796. One of our admissions specialists will answer your questions. 

    Do you have information on outcomes?

    The Emily Program uses an evidence-based approach to treatment. See this infographic for information on outcomes.

    Do I need a referral?

    Each insurance plan is a little different; some require a referral and others don’t. Check with your insurance carrier to determine if you need a referral to receive eating disorder help. Please contact us at 1-888-364-5977 if you have questions.

    Is this a weight-loss program?

    No. Sometimes, people come to The Emily Program after having been told in numerous ways that their weight is a problem and that weight loss is the answer.

    Commonly, they have not been asked about their relationship with food or how they are coping with life’s challenges. They may never have been asked if they experience feeling out of control with food, feeling guilty or embarrassed about what they have eaten, or eating behaviors they feel they cannot stop, sometimes described as compulsive overeating.

    If you have experienced any of these, or struggle in your relationship with food, you are not alone. You may have also tried a long list of diets or ways to change your weight and feel like none of them have worked long-term, yet they continue to be suggested to you. Binge eating disorder is an eating disorder in which this range of experiences is common.

    If you see yourself in these words, there is another way — one that can help you feel better and is not centered on weight loss as the solution. We offer evidence-based approaches to wellness that center on decreasing or stopping disordered eating behaviors and changing thoughts about food, weight, and self. These approaches also focus on strengthening coping skills and developing alternative behaviors and skills, so that, ultimately, you can experience an improved relationship with food and with yourself.

    Can I be a vegetarian/vegan at The Emily Program?

    We work with vegetarians and vegans at all levels of care, across residential eating disorder programs, PHP and IOP day treatment, and outpatient eating disorder treatment. Our position is that those who enter care with a vegetarian diet based on religious, cultural, or familial heritage be provided an eating plan that accommodates these preferences. We will meet you where you are and explore the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle as a therapeutic area of interest within eating disorder care.

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