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Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment For Adults

Our outpatient eating disorder treatment program helps you gain insight and develop recovery skills. Some people enter the outpatient eating disorder treatment program when they first come to The Emily Program, while others need residential, partial hospitalization/intensive day (PHP/IDP) or intensive outpatient (IOP) 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. Adult outpatient eating disorder care is available at each of our convenient locations in Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Washington or within a secure virtual environment.

Personalized treatment plans

As part of our outpatient eating disorder program, we take a personalized treatment approach that is based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). We design a treatment plan to address your needs, using best practices in the field of eating disorder treatment. Your outpatient eating disorder treatment plan may include:

  • Group therapy with other adults experiencing similar issues, thoughts, and feelings
  • Individual sessions with a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and associated health complications
  • Family therapy, if appropriate, to involve your spouse or partner, children, parents, siblings, and other family in the healing process
  • Nutrition education
  • Individual sessions with a dietitian who specializes in eating disorders, as needed, particularly when stepping down from higher levels of care
  • Medical and psychiatric services, as needed, particularly when stepping down from higher levels of care

Individual sessions

In individual outpatient sessions at The Emily Program, you will meet one-on-one with a therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, and/or physician. The type and frequency of individual sessions vary by treatment plan and are designed to help you move forward in recovery. These healing connections strengthen your recovery and help you learn and practice the skills you need for health.

Group therapy

At The Emily Program, group therapy is an incredibly important part of your recovery from an eating disorder. Groups provide a safe, judgment-free environment to process thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with other people in similar situations. We offer several therapeutic and skill-building groups, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training, Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorder Recovery, Families Supporting Families, and more. Group sessions vary by location. Your intake therapist and/or individual therapist will recommend groups that may be the best fit for you.

Explore the following links to learn more about group offerings at our locations:


*Includes groups at St. Louis Park and St. Paul (multiple locations)



Please speak with your individual therapist about any group opportunities that interest you. Your provider can help guide and inform you about which groups would be a good fit for where you are on your path to recovery and also get you enrolled in any of our outpatient groups.

Eating disorders treated in our outpatient eating disorder program for adults

Our outpatient eating disorder treatment for adults addresses a range of serious and complex conditions. Recognizing the deep-seated nature of these disorders, we offer a pathway to recovery through structured, compassionate care that incorporates a blend of therapeutic strategies suited to each individual’s unique needs.

Treatment is personalized, focusing on the unique challenges and symptoms each patient faces to support their journey toward recovery.

Outpatient eating disorder treatment for adults at The Emily Program is also sensitive to the nuances of compulsive overeating—marked by episodes of excessive, uncontrolled eating often used as a coping mechanism for emotional distress. 

We also offer targeted support for individuals who may be dealing with co-occurring conditions like substance use disorder, ensuring a holistic approach to treatment.

The Emily Program’s flexible treatment setting ensures that your path to recovery is respected and supported, accommodating your unique needs while integrating proven therapeutic strategies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). This approach not only helps manage your disorder, but also addresses underlying issues to promote long-term recovery and mental health stability.

Reclaim your life. Start your eating disorder recovery today

The Emily Program is dedicated to empowering adults struggling with eating disorders. We offer a comprehensive and accessible approach to healing, beginning with a confidential assessment for outpatient eating disorder treatment. 

No referral is required — simply call us at 1-888-364-5977 or complete our convenient online form. Our team of dedicated Admissions Specialists is available seven days a week to provide you with compassionate guidance and answer any questions you may have about our outpatient eating disorder treatment programs for adults.

During your assessment, a specialized intake therapist will ask you about your eating habits, your relationship with food and body image, and any personal circumstances that might influence your treatment plan. Our commitment-free consultation allows you to gain valuable insight into the most effective outpatient eating disorder treatment program for your specific needs and circumstances.

Taking this first step can often feel overwhelming, but reaching out for professional help is critical for sustained recovery. With The Emily Program’s comprehensive, holistic support, you can reclaim your life from your eating disorder.

Get help. Find hope.