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Eating Disorder Treatment
in Charlotte, North Carolina

Contact us about in-person and virtual eating disorder treatment options.

Our Charlotte, NC treatment center specializes in exceptional age-appropriate care for people of all ages with eating disorders of all types. We have meticulously designed our PHP, IOP, and outpatient programs to cater specifically to the needs of children, adolescents, and adults, understanding that each age group faces unique challenges on their path to recovery. With a personalized approach, we ensure you receive the highest level of support and expertise during your treatment stay.

Children and Adolescents

  • Age-appropriate multidisciplinary care: Adolescence is a critical time for physical, emotional, and mental development. Our tailored treatment plans for children and adolescents are designed with this in mind. We focus on promoting healthy growth, strong bones, and brain development, while also addressing the behavioral and psychological challenges of eating disorders. Our comprehensive approach incorporates evidence-based therapies such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and family-based treatment (FBT).

    In addition, our program integrates eating disorder-specific psychiatric, medical, and nutritional rehabilitation. Our culinary and nutritional programming is led by chefs and dietitians, and we also provide expressive art and movement therapy as part of our holistic approach to treatment.
  • Family involvement: Family involvement is the cornerstone of successful eating disorder recovery, especially for children and teens. Our treatment programs integrate family therapy and caregiver education to provide essential support and understanding. By creating a strong alliance between the family and our team, we empower your loved one to find their way back to health.

Adults

  • Care for where you are: Whether you have been struggling with an eating disorder for years or have recently received a diagnosis, our adult program is meant to address your unique needs.
  • Support for complex psychological issues: Many adults struggle with complex factors such as trauma, co-occurring mental health conditions, or longstanding behavioral patterns. Our experienced team offers targeted support and evidence-based therapies to address the root causes of your eating disorder and set you on the path to long-term healing.
  • Consideration of your unique life stage: Adults face significant challenges in various areas of their lives, such as career, relationships, and identity. An eating disorder can impact these crucial aspects of adulthood. Our holistic approach to care takes into account how your eating disorder intersects with your career goals, personal relationships, and overall sense of self.

Regardless of age, our goal is to provide a compassionate and supportive environment where individuals can find solace, understanding, and the path to lasting recovery.

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If you or someone you know needs help with an eating disorder, reach out today.

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Eating Disorders Treated at The Emily Program’s Charlotte, NC Location

Eating disorders are severe mental disorders, but help is available. Our Charlotte, NC, eating disorder treatment center specializes in in-person and virtual partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient (OP) treatment options for children, adolescents, and adults. 

Recognizing the intertwined mental health issues often associated with eating disorders, our treatment approach is as thorough as it is individualized. Regardless of the eating disorder you’re facing or your stage in recovery, we’re here to help.

Our multidisciplinary programs are tailored to effectively treat every type of eating disorder.

  • Anorexia Nervosa: Defined by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted self-image, resulting in extreme food restriction and low body weight

  • Bulimia Nervosa: Features repeated cycles of binge eating and purging through methods like self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, and/or laxative misuse to prevent weight gain

  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED): Involves consuming large amounts of food in a short time with accompanying feelings of shame and lack of control

At The Emily Program, we understand eating disorders and the disordered eating behaviors, such as compulsive overeating, that often accompany them. Regardless of the specifics of your challenges with food or body image, our dedicated team offers compassionate, personalized care to support your path to recovery.


Eating Disorder Treatment Services Provided at Charlotte include:

Group Psychotherapy:

In our Charlotte program, group therapy offers a supportive environment where you can openly discuss your struggles and triumphs with peers who genuinely understand your journey. Our compassionate therapists use evidence-based techniques like CBT, DBT, and FBT to help you navigate your eating disorder and develop effective coping strategies.

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Family Therapy:

Including family and/or couples therapy in your treatment equips your loved ones with vital knowledge about your eating disorder, enabling them to be your strongest allies. This shared understanding ensures a smoother transition back to daily life. The Emily Program also offers support and resources for your loved ones, guaranteeing they receive help navigating your illness and the treatment process. 

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Nutrition Therapy:

Our knowledgeable dietitians provide individualized nutrition counseling, education, and meal planning. This approach helps you move away from harmful eating behaviors, rejuvenate your health, and trust your body’s hunger and fullness cues. We strive to replace fear-based eating behaviors with a balanced, joyful relationship with food.

Medical Care:

Eating disorders can bring about a variety of physical complications, ranging from dry skin to decreased bone mineral density. At our Charlotte outpatient center, our dedicated medical team is here to address any medical issues associated with your eating disorder, ensuring your overall health as you work on your recovery.

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Psychiatric Care:

Effective recovery involves treating co-occurring conditions like PTSD, substance use disorder, anxiety, and depression alongside your eating disorder. In our partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient programs, our psychiatrists provide care as needed, including medication management, to ensure a holistic approach to your mental health.

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Experiential Activities:

Our PHP and IOP treatment includes practical activities like cooking, grocery shopping, and dining in and out to help you apply coping strategies in real-life scenarios. These hands-on activities support a smoother transition to life outside treatment, building confidence and skills for long-term recovery.

Additional Therapies:

Our comprehensive approach to recovery includes various therapies to help you process emotions and express yourself:

  • Expressive Arts: Engaging in art creation can decrease anxiety, help form a positive body image, and develop healthier coping mechanisms. This non-verbal outlet allows you to explore and reflect on your feelings in a creative way.
  • Movement Therapy: Movement therapy activities such as yoga, stretching, and strength exercises help reconnect your mind and body, redefining your relationship with movement to be one based in joy and presence. 

Eating disorder recovery begins here. Get started today. 

Where to find us

1900 Scott Avenue, Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28203

All Inquiries: 866-751-7239
Front Desk: 704-503-8246

Parking

Ample parking is available onsite for no fee.

Public Transportation

The #6 Bus is the fastest route to access the Charlotte Center via public transportation. Take the #6 outbound to the East Blvd and Scott Avenue stop and proceed toward Scott Avenue. Our Center is in a brick building shared with Atrium Health, which will be on your right in 0.1 miles.

Alternatively, take the #19 Bus from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Park Road and Ideal Way stop. Proceed toward the intersection and turn left onto Ideal Way. Go 0.5 miles (about 10 minutes), until you reach Kenilworth Avenue. Cross Kenilworth Avenue and take a left, turning right onto the road between the last residential house and the brick apartment building. Follow this sidewalk around the apartment complex to the left and use the crosswalk to take the sidewalk, passing the bushes, and enter The Emily Program’s parking lot. Proceed toward Scott Avenue, and the front of our building will be on your right.

We’re Here to Help

Sara Hofmeier

Sara Hofmeier, MS, LCMHCS, CEDS-S

Executive Director
Elouise Cram

Elouise Cram, LCSW

Lead Therapist
Lauren Tinkey

Lauren Tinkey, MS, RDN, LDN

OP Nutrition & Culinary Lead
Dani Field

Dani Field, MSW

Office Manager
Joseph Crozier

Joseph Crozier, MD, PhD

Medical Director
Parkavi Chellappa

Parkavi Chellappa, MD

Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services
Becca Eckstein

Becca Eckstein, LCSW, CEDS-S

Senior Regional Director, Southeast
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Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED

Chief Medical Officer

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