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Eating Disorder Treatment
in Durham, North Carolina

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

Our RTP location specializes in exceptional age-appropriate care for people of all ages with eating disorders of all types. We have meticulously designed our 24/7 inpatient and residential 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 inpatient or residential 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 inpatient and residential 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.
  • Academic support: Our RTP-Durham location offers tailored academic support to promote the educational pursuits of child and adolescent patients. We collaborate with the Durham School District to provide grant-funded education programs, ensuring patients in our 24/7 intensive programs receive necessary academic support.


Our adult program at our RTP-Durham, NC location provides specialized inpatient treatment for individuals 18 and older struggling with eating disorders.

  • 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 RTP-Durham Location

At The Emily Program’s RTP treatment center in Durham, NC, we embrace every individual’s journey toward well-being with a deep understanding of the diverse paths recovery can take. Here, we provide around-the-clock care in a structured, nurturing environment that promotes whole-person healing and lays a strong foundation for the next steps in the recovery journey. This dedication to comprehensive care seamlessly extends to the wide array of eating disorders we manage, each treated with the same rigor and commitment to recovery.

  • Anorexia Nervosa: Driven by an intense fear of weight gain, leading to severe dietary restriction and physical health deterioration
  • Bulimia Nervosa: Involves cycles of binge eating followed by compensatory purging, fueled by a fear of weight gain and body image concerns
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED): Marked by uncontrollable episodes of consuming large amounts of food rapidly—often to the point of discomfort—without subsequent purging behaviors
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): Characterized by severe food restriction due to sensory issues, fear of adverse consequences, or lack of interest in eating, resulting in significant nutritional deficiencies and social impairments​

Beyond the primary eating disorder diagnoses, The Emily Program’s RTP location also addresses complex disordered eating patterns, including compulsive overeating. Our highly intensive treatment options recognize the multidimensional nature of eating disorders. We carefully consider each client’s unique challenges and experiences, ensuring personalized support that fosters sustainable healing.

Eating Disorder Treatment Services Provided at RTP-Durham include:

Group Psychotherapy:

Our licensed therapists guide group sessions with wisdom and empathy, providing safe, judgment-free spaces to process the thoughts and emotions that arise during treatment. In these sessions, you will connect with peers who intimately understand your experiences, fostering community and shared healing.

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Family Therapy:

At the residential and inpatient levels, family therapy sessions include psychoeducation for your loved ones, coaching them on how to support your nutritional rehabilitation, and offering strategies to avoid conflicts around food. Siblings may also be involved to learn how to support you effectively and to provide a sense of comfort and normalcy within the structured treatment environment.

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Nutrition Therapy:

In our highly structured treatment environments, you can expect continuous nutritional support and education from registered dietitians who collaborate closely with your care team’s medical and therapeutic staff. This therapy involves personalized meal plans tailored to your needs, ensuring adequate nutrition and addressing dietary deficiencies.

Medical Care:

At The Emily Program, our intensive programming provides 24/7 nursing care to monitor your health and respond to any medical emergencies. Eating disorders can cause severe medical issues, such as electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal problems, cardiac irregularities, and bone density concerns. Our medical staff have the specialized training and expertise to carefully manage these conditions and adjust your care as you progress in recovery.

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Psychiatric Care:

Psychiatric support can provide the intensive, focused intervention that is often necessary when dealing with an eating disorder in these higher levels of care. Our psychiatric care addresses both your symptoms and the root causes of your illness, along with any other co-occurring conditions you might be facing (common to those with eating disorders).

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Experiential Activities:

Therapeutic meals are an experiential activity foundational to The Emily Program’s treatment model. These meals are dietitian-designed and offer the opportunity to challenge eating disorder behaviors and practice food skills with real-time support from our therapists. We also incorporate cooking classes, grocery shopping, and other interactive activities to empower you with the skills to confidently navigate food situations.

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At our RTP-Durham treatment center, students thrive with the support of our unique, grant-funded education services. In close collaboration with the Durham School District, school-age clients in 24/7 intensive programs benefit from personalized instruction provided by a team of highly qualified teachers and tutors. These educators are specially trained to meet the distinctive learning needs of students undergoing eating disorder treatment.

Additional Therapies:

In residential and inpatient care, we integrate additional therapies into the broader therapeutic framework, ensuring a holistic approach to treatment that addresses the mind, body, and spirit:

  • Expressive Arts: Art-making is particularly beneficial in eating disorder recovery as it allows you to explore and process feelings that may be difficult to articulate verbally. This creative exploration helps enhance self-awareness and emotional healing.
  • Movement Therapy: Eating disorders can disrupt your relationship with physical activity. Through activities like yoga, we provide a structured reintroduction of gentle movement and help you redefine your personal boundaries with exercise, offering a safe way to experience and enjoy moving your body.

Eating disorder recovery begins here. Get started today. 

Where to find us

4024 Stirrup Creek Drive, Suite 200
Durham, NC 27703

All Inquiries: 866-751-7239
Front Desk: 919-908-9730


Park in any open space in the dedicated parking lot in front of the building. Proceed to the front door and ring the bell to be let in.

Public Transportation

Durham has an extensive bus transit system operated by GoDurham. Take Route 2 to Bus Stop #6267, located on TW Alexander Dr at S Miami Blvd.

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Amy Gerberry

Amy Gerberry, MA, LPC

Executive Director
Amanda Barnhardt

Amanda Barnhardt, LCSW, CCS

Clinical Director
Jenn Zambo

Jenn Zambo, MS, RDN, LDN, CEDS, CHES

Manager of Nutrition Services
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
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Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED

Chief Medical Officer

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