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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 13, 2018

Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Centers for Youth

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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    Anna Westin House for Adolescents

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    Columbus Residential for Adolescents & Adults

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    Columbus, OH

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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 adolescent residential care 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 Care For Adults

Residential Care for Adults

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For many clients, healing begins with a safe, supportive, and homelike environment. The Anna Westin House for Adults in St. Paul, MNThe Emily Program – Residential in Cleveland Heights, OHThe 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. 

Supportive care and a comprehensive approach

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 you on the recovery journey.

We’ll help you and your family recognize and change destructive eating disorder behaviors and replace 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 program, we’re still here for you every step of the way. You’ll have access to many of The Emily Program outpatient options, such as Intensive Outpatient or Intensive Day/Partial Hospitalization Programs and any of our lodging facilities; individual, group, and family therapy; psychiatry and medical services; and nutritional counseling. We also work with community professionals, including your physician and your local therapists and dietitians, to ensure appropriate aftercare.

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    Anna Westin House for Adults

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September 10, 2018

Residential

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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.

Learn if residential eating disorder care is right for you, your loved one, or your patient.

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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

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

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

ARFID and OSFED

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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