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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 ( and ask how you can become a contributor!

September 10, 2018


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Outpatient Care Supports Recovery

Our outpatient eating disorder treatment program helps you gain insight and develop recovery skills. Some people enter the outpatient program when they first come to The Emily Program, while others need residential or partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient treatment first and then step down into outpatient. In addition to the recovery work you’ll be doing, you can continue or re-establish everyday activities like work or school. Outpatient eating disorder treatment is available at each of our convenient locations in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Washington or within a secure virtual environment.

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Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Programs at The Emily Program

The Emily Program’s outpatient eating disorder treatment programs are crafted to support individuals of all age groups and genders on their path to recovery. Our outpatient care is compassionate and comprehensive, and recognizes the distinct challenges and needs of adults, young adults, teens, and children who require non-intensive support or who are stepping down from a higher level of care of eating disorder treatment. Our individualized approach integrates the most effective, evidence-based practices in eating disorder therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and family-based treatment (FBT), tailored to address the unique needs of each client. 

Our personalized outpatient eating disorder therapy services include individual collaborative sessions with licensed specialists, group therapy to cultivate a community of non-judgmental understanding and support, and family therapy to engage loved ones in the recovery journey. Nutrition education and necessary medical and psychiatric services ensure a well-rounded approach to healing. We are dedicated to providing our clients in outpatient care with the knowledge, tools, and multidisciplinary support essential for lasting recovery from an eating disorder.

Eating Disorders Treated In Our Outpatient Programs

The Emily Program’s outpatient eating disorder treatment programs deliver an extensive array of personalized therapy options, meticulously crafted to address the full spectrum of eating disorders alongside any co-occurring mental health conditions. This ensures accessible, integrated care within a supportive and understanding environment. Our outpatient programs are places for whole-person healing.

Anorexia Nervosa

For those facing anorexia nervosa, characterized by an intense fear of weight gain and a distorted body image, our outpatient programs offer a reconnection to body and self. Our therapeutic modalities and supportive environment are designed to guide individuals toward recovery compassionately; we provide a nurturing setting tailored to each person’s journey.

Bulimia Nervosa

Individuals grappling with bulimia nervosa–marked by cycles of binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors like self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise—find specialized treatment strategies within our outpatient care. Our approach aims to help manage and surmount these challenges, offering a path to a peaceful relationship with food and body..

Binge Eating Disorder

Our outpatient services create a safe and inclusive space for those dealing with binge eating disorder, characterized by episodes of excessive food intake often triggered by negative emotions. Our programming uncovers and addresses the emotional triggers, promoting balance and emotional well-being.

Compulsive Overeating

Addressing the needs of individuals who engage in compulsive overeating calls for investigating the emotional distress that fuels this behavior. Our outpatient programs offer strategies to manage overeating triggers and cope with difficult emotions. This pattern of disordered eating, which can lead to intense guilt and shame, is met with understanding and tailored care.


We recognize that eating disorders don’t always fit neatly into one category. That’s why our outpatient treatment programs are personalized to meet the varied needs of those with OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder). All of the life-limiting conditions and symptoms associated with OSFED receive attention and expert care within our outpatient setting.


Programming that addresses the challenges specific to the eating and feeding disturbances of  ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder) is essential to a successful recovery. Outpatient treatment at The Emily Program ensures a comprehensive and inclusive approach with ARFID-specific treatment goals. 

Through our outpatient eating disorder treatment programs, The Emily Program is committed to offering a pathway to recovery that is both compassionate and personalized, providing each individual receives the support and care they need to heal.

Frequently Asked Questions About Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment at The Emily Program

Who can benefit from outpatient eating disorder treatment?

Our outpatient services are suitable for individuals of all genders and ages, including adults, children, teens, and young adults. Whether you are stepping down from a higher level of care or seeking treatment for the first time, our programs will support your recovery journey in a flexible and accessible manner.

What does outpatient treatment at The Emily Program involve?

Outpatient treatment typically includes individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy (where appropriate), nutrition education, and medical and psychiatric services as needed. Our approach supports each client’s unique set of treatment needs and is formed around evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and family-based treatment (FBT).

How does The Emily Program support family involvement in treatment?

Family involvement is crucial to the recovery process. Our outpatient programs for children, teens, and young adults include family therapy sessions and encourage participation from parents, siblings, and other loved ones. For adults, family therapy may also be recommended to involve spouses, partners, or other family members in the healing process.

Can outpatient treatment accommodate my school or work schedule?

Yes, our outpatient programs are designed with flexibility in mind to accommodate the schedules of school, work, and other daily activities. Our virtual outpatient treatment programs offer an innovative and convenient path to recovery and incorporate all of the essential components of in-person care. We offer various scheduling options to ensure that treatment is accessible without significant disruption to your everyday life.

What makes The Emily Program’s outpatient treatment unique?

The Emily Program’s original treatment model was developed around the outpatient setting. Outpatient treatment at The Emily Program stands out in its ability to cultivate recovery skills that clients can immediately take into their lives outside programming. We are committed to responding to the need for individualized, compassionate, and integrated eating disorder care that meets our clients exactly where they are. Our experienced team of professionals is committed to creating a supportive, empathetic environment where individuals can heal and grow.

How do I get started with outpatient treatment at The Emily Program?

We invite those considering the path to recovery to start with our self-assessment quiz for eating disorders. This crucial first step can illuminate whether professional assistance is beneficial. 

If you’re ready to get help overcoming an eating disorder, reach out to us at 1-888-364-5977 to set up an initial evaluation, where we’ll explore your specific needs and concerns to identify the most fitting care level and develop a customized treatment strategy for you.

September 10, 2018

Day Treatment

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Day Treatment

Our intensive day treatment programs provide structured eating disorder care throughout the day, allowing clients to receive the support they need while still being able to participate in their everyday lives. Our multidisciplinary team of experts equip clients with the skills and resources needed to build a solid foundation for lasting recovery.

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Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP)

The Emily Program’s partial hospitalization/intensive day program (PHP/IDP) is an all-day treatment program for clients stepping up or down from a different level of care, as well as those entering treatment who need more than non-intensive outpatient services to build healthy living skills.

Clients typically spend a minimum of 30 hours a week in a PHP/IDP program, either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment. Comfortable, convenient lodging is available in most locations for adult clients coming from a distance.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The Emily Program’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) is for clients transitioning from a higher or lower level of care, as well as those just beginning their care journey. Clients typically spend a minimum of 12 hours per week in an IOP program, either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment.

Components of Our Day Treatment Programs


Our PHP/IDP eating disorder program provides an immersive treatment experience, combining evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and family-based therapy (FBT) in a supportive community setting. With 30 hours of programming a week (Monday–Friday), PHP/IDP is ideal for those needing intensive care without 24/7 support. In-person and virtual programming for PHP/IDP includes:

  • Skills-based group therapy
  • Therapeutic meals
  • Expressive arts and movement therapy
  • Food skills groups
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Individual nutrition sessions
  • Psychiatry and medical services 
  • Case management services


Our intensive outpatient program for eating disorders offers flexibility for individuals seeking to balance recovery with daily commitments. Offering a minimum of 12 hours of programming per week, IOP maintains the therapeutic rigor of PHP/IDP, but allows participants more time to engage in their personal, professional, and educational lives. In-person and virtual programming for IOP includes:

  • Skills-based group therapy
  • Therapeutic meals
  • Expressive arts and movement therapy
  • Food skills groups
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Individual nutrition sessions

Both PHP/IDP and IOP emphasize personalized care, community support, and family involvement, ensuring a holistic approach to recovery. At The Emily Program, you’re not just joining a treatment program; you’re becoming part of a community dedicated to supporting your journey toward wellness and resilience.

PHP/IDP and IOP Frequently Asked Questions

What is a PHP/IDP eating disorder program?

The partial hospitalization/intensive day program at The Emily Program is an intensive treatment option designed for individuals who require a higher level of care than outpatient services. These programs typically involve around 30 hours of comprehensive care per week, available both in-person and via secure online video.

How does an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders work?

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) for eating disorders provides structured support for individuals, allowing them to engage in daily life activities. With up to 12 hours of programming per week, IOP focuses on therapy, nutritional counseling, and group support, tailored to those who need a flexible yet supportive treatment environment.

Who should consider the partial hospitalization/intensive day program for eating disorders?

Partial hospitalization/intensive day program for eating disorders is ideal for individuals transitioning from residential care or those needing more intensive support than what is typically offered in traditional IOP or outpatient settings. It offers a structured environment with a focus on intensive recovery work.

Can you explain the focus of the intensive outpatient program (IOP)?

The intensive outpatient program emphasizes recovery while maintaining personal and professional responsibilities. It’s designed for individuals seeking substantial eating disorder support through a flexible schedule, incorporating group therapy, individual counseling, and nutritional guidance.

What distinguishes PHP/IDP eating disorder programs from IOP?

PHP/IDP provides a more intensive care level, requiring a more significant time commitment each week for structured therapeutic activities. In contrast, IOP offers a more flexible approach, with fewer weekly hours required, catering to those balancing treatment with daily life commitments.

Are PHP /IDP and IOP available for all age groups?

Yes, The Emily Program’s PHP/IDP and IOP eating disorders services are available for children, adolescents, and adults. Each program is specifically designed to address the unique recovery needs of different age groups.

How do PHP/IDP and IOP integrate into the continuum of care?

PHP/IDP and IOP are essential components of the continuum of care, offering varying levels of support to ensure individuals receive appropriate care at every recovery stage. They bridge the gap between residential treatment and traditional outpatient care.

What therapeutic approaches are used in PHP/IDP and IOP?

Both PHP/IDP and IOPs utilize evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and family-based treatment (FBT), tailored to promote recovery and resilience in clients.

How can I access PHP/IDP or IOP services?

Accessing PHP/IDP or IOP services begins with contacting The Emily Program for an assessment. Our team evaluates each individual’s needs, and if appropriate, recommends the most suitable level of care.

Where are PHP/IDP and IOP services offered?

The Emily Program offers PHP/IDP and IOP services in multiple locations, providing accessible, high-quality care for individuals struggling with eating disorders. Each location offers a supportive environment tailored to participant needs. Virtual treatment is also an option for PHP/IDP and IOP depending on the site. 

Eating Disorders Treated By Our Day Treatment Programs

The Emily Program’s day treatment offers comprehensive care expertly tailored to address a range of eating disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions in a supportive environment. 

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by restricting food due to a fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image that results in a low body weight.

PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for anorexia includes:

  • Recovery of a healthy weight and nutritional status
  • Treating medical complications related to malnutrition, including correcting electrolyte imbalances and managing cardiac problems
  • Addressing distorted body image and promoting a realistic understanding of body weight and shape
  • Managing anxiety and fears related to food
  • Identifying and addressing underlying psychological factors contributing to anorexia
  • Treating any co-existing mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
  • Aiding in the development of adaptive coping skills 
  • Resolving any interpersonal conflicts that help maintain the illness
  • Encouraging a positive self-image
  • Providing education and inspiration for continued healing

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurring episodes of excessive food consumption, followed by purging including self-induced vomiting or over-exercising, with the intention of altering their weight.

PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for bulimia includes:

  • Developing frequent, well-balanced eating patterns
  • Addressing medical consequences of purging, such as electrolyte imbalances and dental issues
  • Influencing attitudes on body image and weight
  • Creating healthy coping strategies to deal with stress and emotional discomfort
  • Treating underlying psychological problems related to bulimia
  • Treating any co-occurring mental health conditions, such as substance use disorders or mood disorders
  • Fostering awareness of binge and purge patterns and triggers
  • Enhancing one’s sense of self and cultivating a more positive body image
  • Encouraging techniques for preventing relapses in order to sustain long-term recovery

Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

Binge eating disorder (BED) is an eating disorder characterized by the consumption of a large amount of food within a short period of time, followed by a feeling of being out of control.

PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for BED includes:

  • Creating regular and balanced meal patterns
  • Addressing the physical effects of binge eating
  • Developing healthy coping strategies for emotional triggers
  • Identifying and treating underlying psychological concerns that trigger and exacerbate 
  • Treating any co-occurring mental health conditions like anxiety or depression
  • Encouraging mindful eating, including attunement with signs of hunger and fullness
  • Encouraging body neutrality/body positivity and self-compassion
  • Developing techniques for preventing relapses and sustaining long-term recovery

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder characterized by sensory aversions, lack of interest, or choking- or vomiting-related fears. These anxieties fuel food restriction and avoidance, resulting in low body weight and nutritional deficiencies.

PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for ARFID includes:

  • Increasing the range of food consumed and gradually exposing oneself to fear foods
  • Addressing nutritional deficits and encouraging healthy weight gain and maintenance
  • Recognizing and addressing food-related sensory problems, such as aversions to certain textures or smells
  • Addressing the psychological underpinnings that influence the development and maintenance of ARFID
  • Offering education and support to caregivers on how to foster a happy mealtime atmosphere and encourage adherence to treatment objectives
  • Providing instruction on coping mechanisms and managing phobias or anxieties connected to eating
  • Providing continued support and supervision to ensure sustained progress and avoid relapse

Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)

Restriction, purging, and binge eating are just a few of the disordered eating behaviors that fall under the umbrella of the Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED).

PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for OSFED includes:

  • Recognizing and treating particular eating disorders, including purging disorder or night eating syndrome
  • Addressing any health issues resulting from the particular disordered eating behaviors present
  • Managing emotions without turning to disordered eating behaviors by addressing emotional triggers and creating better coping mechanisms
  • Discovering and treating underlying psychological problems that influence the onset and maintenance of OSFED
  • Treating any co-occurring mental health conditions that might be worsening the symptoms of OSFED
  • Promoting healthy eating habits and taking care of dietary inadequacies
  • Addressing any social or interpersonal elements that support an eating disorder
  • Promoting body positivity and self-compassion
  • Establishing clear objectives, offering relapse prevention techniques, and promoting long-term recovery

We encourage those contemplating our day treatment to begin with our self-assessment eating disorder quiz. This initial step can be instrumental in understanding the need for professional help. 

For anyone ready to take the first step towards overcoming an eating disorder, we are available at 1-888-364-5977 to arrange an assessment. The commitment to providing the finest care and assisting individuals to regain control over their lives from eating disorders is a cornerstone of The Emily Program’s mission.

For more information about our day treatment and how it can be tailored to your specific needs, please contact The Emily Program. Our team is dedicated to providing effective, compassionate therapy for eating disorders, helping you on your journey to recovery.

September 10, 2018


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24/7 Residential Care

The Emily Program’s residential treatment facilities are places of hope and healing. Here, people with eating disorders find 24/7 care from dedicated professionals in environments thoughtfully designed to feel like home. Round-the-clock supervision and care ensure unwavering support, prioritizing clients’ recovery both day and night.

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Eating disorder recovery is possible

Eating disorder recovery is possible, and we at The Emily Program are committed to providing healing environments that help make it a reality.

Our 24/7 residential programs are designed to offer uninterrupted care for individuals seeking recovery from eating disorders of all types. Ideal for those who need structure and support beyond day treatment or outpatient services, this high level of care allows clients of all ages and genders to focus on recovery in a safe, nurturing environment.

Our dedicated team of therapists, dietitians, medical professionals, and psychiatric specialists collaborates closely to address the complex web of factors entwined with each client’s eating disorder.

This comprehensive, evidence-based approach incorporates:

  • Personalized Therapy: Utilizing proven methods like CBT, DBT, and family therapy, we aid clients in addressing underlying issues and cultivating healthy coping mechanisms for sustainable change.
  • Group Support: Through shared experiences and empathy, clients discover a supportive community that empowers them on their path to recovery.
  • Nutritional Guidance: Our dietitians craft personalized meal plans and provide ongoing support and education to help clients develop a peaceful relationship with food.
  • Around-the-Clock Support: Our dedicated staff ensures client safety and support around the clock, offering a constant source of encouragement and guidance.

What sets our residential programs apart is not only our exceptional care but also the warmth and comfort of our 24/7 facilities. Beyond clinical excellence, we offer homelike settings that cultivate peace, community, and belonging, enabling clients to fully dedicate themselves to their recovery journey.

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The Emily Program is a founding member of the REDC, a consortium focused on improving eating disorder treatment standards, partnering on collaborative research, and increasing access to eating disorder care for those who are struggling.

Residential Frequently Asked Questions

Where are residential services offered?

Currently, there are two residential eating disorder treatment facilities in St. Paul, Minnesota: Anna Westin House for Adults and Anna Westin House – Adolescent for ages 10-21; a facility in Minneapolis Minnesota: Anna Westin House West for Adults; a facility for adults in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a facility for adults and adolescents in Columbus, Ohio; and a facility for adults in Seattle, Washington.

What is treated at The Emily Program’s residential treatment facilities?

When seeking the path to eating disorder recovery, residential treatment offers an invaluable level of support. As the highest level of care available, residential care includes 24/7 supervision and a highly structured program within a safe and nurturing environment. At The Emily Program, we address the full spectrum of eating disorders alongside concurrent mental health challenges.


Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an unrelenting fear of weight gain leading to severe restriction of food intake and a low body weight. Individuals with anorexia often experience a distorted body image, perceiving themselves as larger than they are.

Residential treatment for anorexia involves:

  • 24/7 supervision and multidisciplinary support to ensure clients receive the medical, nutritional, and emotional care they need around the clock
  • Individual therapy sessions to identify and address any underlying emotional or psychological issues that may be contributing to the anorexia, such as anxiety, depression, or trauma
  • Therapeutic meals designed to help clients gradually restore their relationship with food and build trust in their ability to eat without fear, guilt, or shame
  • Nutrition counseling, including personalized meal planning and education on the importance of nutrition in meeting the body’s needs 
  • Close monitoring of vital signs and physical symptoms to ensure safe weight restoration
  • Support in developing coping mechanisms that effectively address their anxiety and fear surrounding food and weight 
  • Monitoring of physical activity levels, reducing excessive exercise as needed to support weight restoration and protect the body from additional harm
  • Guidance for challenging a distorted body image and embracing self-acceptance and self-compassion
  • Education and counseling for family members to help them better understand and support the recovery journey
  • Collaborative care planning and goal-setting between the client and their treatment team


Bulimia nervosa involves a cycle of binge eating episodes followed by purging behaviors, including self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, or excessive exercise. This cycle is driven by a preoccupation with weight and shape control.

Residential treatment for bulimia involves:

  • 24/7 supervision and multidisciplinary support to ensure clients receive the medical, nutritional, and emotional care they need around the clock
  • Individual therapy sessions to identify and address any underlying emotional or psychological issues that may be contributing to the bulimia, such as anxiety, depression, or trauma
  • Meal planning and structured eating to help clients establish regular eating patterns and reduce bingeing and purging behaviors
  • Nutrition counseling, including education on how to develop a healthy relationship with food
  • Close monitoring of vital signs and physical symptoms to ensure overall health and safety
  • Support in developing coping mechanisms that effectively address anxiety and guilt surrounding food and body image
  • Monitoring of physical activity levels, with guidelines to prevent excessive exercise or compulsive movement
  • Guidance for challenging distorted body image and developing self-acceptance and self-compassion
  • Education and counseling for family members to help them better understand and support the recovery journey
  • Collaborative care planning and goal-setting between the client and their treatment team

Binge eating disorder 

Binge eating disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, during which an individual consumes a significant amount of food within a specific period and experiences a lack of control over eating behaviors. These episodes are accompanied by feelings of guilt, shame, and distress.

Residential treatment for BED involves:

  • 24/7 supervision and multidisciplinary support to ensure clients receive the medical, nutritional, and emotional care they need around the clock
  • Individual therapy sessions to identify and address any underlying emotional or psychological issues that may be contributing to binge eating, such as anxiety, depression, or trauma
  • Personalized meal plans and therapeutic meals to promote balanced and mindful eating habits
  • Nutrition counseling, including nutrition education and mindful eating practices
  • Regular monitoring of physical health, including vital signs and any medical complications related to binge eating
  • Therapeutic support for challenging negative thoughts and beliefs about food, body image, and self-worth, and for managing emotions or stressors that may trigger binge eating
  • Group therapy where clients can share their experiences, gain new perspectives, and connect with others navigating similar difficulties
  • Education and counseling for family members to help them better understand and support the recovery journey
  • Collaborative care planning and goal-setting between the client and their treatment team


Additionally, our care extends to conditions such as OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder) and ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder), ensuring a comprehensive and inclusive treatment approach. We are dedicated to offering specialized care that is meticulously tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, embracing a wide array of eating disorders with open arms and a commitment to healing.

Do The Emily Program’s residential treatment facilities help males?

Yes, our residential treatment facilities serve adolescents and adults of all genders, including males, females, and transgender and nonbinary individuals who struggle with eating disorders. We admit new residents after we take into consideration the current population.

How long do people stay at The Emily Program’s residential eating disorder treatment facilities?

We tailor the length of stay to meet the unique needs of each resident. Some residents stay less than a month and others stay several months.

Can I be a vegetarian or vegan at The Emily Program’s residential treatment facilities? 

Our culinary staff and dietitians can work with a variety of dietary needs. They will work with you and your family to meet your specific needs. 

We believe those who enter care with a vegetarian/vegan diet based on religious, cultural, or familial heritage have this dietary preference taken at face value and are provided an eating plan accommodating vegetarian or vegan eating styles. Those who come to our care having made a shift away from their family table or cultural origin toward vegetarianism or vegan diets are met where they are and the choice of a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle is explored as a therapeutic area of interest within the eating disorder care.

Can I have visitors while I am at The Emily Program’s residential treatment facilities?

Yes, residential clients may have up to two visitors (parent/legal guardian, partner, sibling, etc.) visit at any given time. 

How much does The Emily Program’s residential treatment cost?

Cost depends on how long you stay. Our staff will gladly help you determine and maximize your insurance benefits. If you need to pay out of pocket, we are also happy to set up a payment plan.

What do you mean by “integrative” interventions?

We offer therapies that complement traditional medical approaches and are effective with eating disorders. For example, we may use meditation, yoga, or expressive arts.

What do I have to bring to The Emily Program – Residential?

Bring comfortable clothing, typical toiletries, and some personal items to help you feel secure away from home (e.g., a few photos or other personal decorative items).

Will I have passes or time away from the program?

From day one, we develop a strong transition plan to optimize your recovery. We regularly have group outings—and you also have some individual free time to spend with friends and family. Both can help you develop the independent living skills essential to recovery.

Can I use my cell phone at The Emily Program’s residential treatment facilities? 

Adult residents and young adults ages 18+ may have a cell phone and use it during non-programming times. Residents of the eating disorder treatment facility under 18 years of age will not have access to their cell phones.

Our residential treatment facilities have a residents’ phone line where families and friends can leave messages and where you can make local calls or use a long-distance calling card.

Will I have access to the internet while at The Emily Program – Residential?

We have a residents’ PC for Internet, email, and general computing. Many residents bring a small USB storage device for documents or other files they create here.

Can I have a car while I’m at The Emily Program’s residential treatment facilities?

Yes, you can have a vehicle while staying at our residential facility. Please note that in St. Paul, we have limited spaces in our parking lot and must require all residents to park their cars at our Como Ave. location. We do have a car protocol that must be followed by residents who choose to have a vehicle with them while in residential care.

Are there laundry facilities at The Emily Program’s residential treatment facilities?

Yes, and there is no additional cost.

Will I need spending money?

Residents typically bring some spending money for toiletries, reading materials, craft materials, etc.

Who is Anna Westin?

Anna Selina Westin was born in 1978 and lived in Chaska, Minnesota most of her life. She died in 2000 after struggling for five years with anorexia, a deadly disease that affects millions of Americans.

A graduate of Chaska High School, she was a student at the University of Oregon who loved life. Her many interests and talents included music, photography, hiking, backpacking, reading, writing, fishing, traveling, volunteering, and best of all, spending time with family and friends. She made and sent beautifully decorated cards and letters to family and friends throughout her life.

She was thoughtful, compassionate, generous with her time, and had a talent for making everyone feel special and important.

Anna’s family is very proud of her accomplishments, including her hard work to overcome anorexia. Anna suffered from a serious, often fatal, illness that needed to be treated with the same urgency as other life-threatening diseases. The duration of the illness, high cost of treatment, and lack of knowledge about eating disorders cause immense suffering. Watch a short video about Anna Westin.

To help other families, Anna’s family speaks openly about her life and death, and opened the Anna Westin House in 2002. They continue to advocate for those struggling with eating disorders through advocacy and education with WithAll

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Care We Offer

A full continuum of care

The Emily Program provides multidisciplinary, integrative eating disorder treatment for people of all ages and genders who struggle with food issues, including 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. Our care teams have decades of experience managing the complexities of eating disorders and the health conditions that often occur alongside them.

Because each person’s journey to recovery is as unique as they are, we adapt our eating disorder treatment programs to fit the individual needs of every client. With a full continuum of care that ranges from residential treatment to outpatient services, we meet our clients wherever they are and ensure they receive the personalized support needed for lasting recovery.

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Residential Treatment

At our residential eating disorder treatment facilities, clients receive full-time, 24/7 inpatient support. Our quiet, safe, and comfortable settings provide the opportunity for clients to engage in therapy while practicing healthy daily living.

Clients are guided through the treatment for eating disorders in a program that includes personalized therapy, group support, nutritional guidance, and around-the-clock support, thanks to our multidisciplinary team of experts. This focus on personalized care, family involvement, and aftercare planning further emphasizes our commitment to helping clients receive lasting recovery in a nurturing environment.

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Day Treatment

Our day treatment programs offer a structured path to healing while allowing clients to maintain some aspects of their daily life.

Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP) – Our PHP/IDP program offers intensive, all-day treatment for clients transitioning from other care levels or those just beginning their recovery journey. Clients receive a minimum of 30 hours per week of treatment for eating disorders in PHP/IDP.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – Our IOP program is a flexible eating disorder treatment option for clients transitioning from another care level or just beginning their journey to recovery. With a minimum of 12 hours of treatment every week, IOP allows clients to actively engage in their recovery while successfully managing their work, school, or family commitments with the dedicated support of our multidisciplinary care teams.

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Day Treatment for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

Lodging for Day Treatment Clients – Accessing treatment can be a challenge, especially for those who live far from our eating disorder treatment facilities. That’s why we offer convenient lodging options for adult clients (18+) participating in our day treatment programs.

Designed to eliminate any logistical barriers that may impede the journey to recovery, our lodging service ensures that clients have a safe and supportive environment to return to after program hours. With the practicalities taken care of, clients can fully focus on what matters most – their recovery.

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Outpatient Treatment

Our outpatient program caters to clients transitioning from higher levels of care or seeking non-intensive treatment to begin their recovery journey. With individually tailored treatment plans, our program focuses on nutrition education and recovery skills development.

In outpatient care, clients take a crucial step forward by integrating recovery practices into their daily lives. We offer outpatient treatment for eating disorders at our Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington locations, as well as through virtual sessions.

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Virtual Treatment

Virtual treatment for eating disorders is offered within a secure video environment, allowing clients to receive care in the setting that’s best for them. Like our traditional day and outpatient programs, virtual PHP/IDP and IOP provide structure and support through individual and group sessions.

The Emily Program’s virtual eating disorder treatment program allows us to provide the same level of treatment clients would get in-person, but within a greater reach. 

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