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Virtual IOP for Eating Disorder Treatment

Your connection to recovery

The Emily Program offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) via virtual treatment. Virtual IOP treatment allows us to deliver eating disorder care to those who cannot travel to our sites for care or who prefer to attend programming from home. Through virtual eating disorder treatment, our clients can connect with their care team and peers over a secure video connection.

As in traditional intensive programming, our multidisciplinary care teams guide clients through our evidence-based eating disorder treatment program.

Virtual IOP includes:

  • Individual therapy
  • Skills-based group therapy
  • Therapeutic meals
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Yoga/mindfulness therapy
  • Psychiatry and medical services, as needed

The Emily Program’s Virtual IOP is available for children, teens, and adults in Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington.

Locations providing Virtual IOP for eating disorders

What to Expect from Our Virtual IOP Eating Disorder Program

Prior to the start of programming, clients will have an assessment and participate in an orientation. To prepare for virtual treatment, clients will receive materials detailing how to connect, what to expect during individual and group sessions, how to optimize the group experience virtually, how to prepare for meals, and all group curriculum and materials.

Virtual IOP meets for 12 hours per week (three hours/day, four days/week), including one therapeutic meal per day. Group sessions contain 10 or fewer clients and meal sessions include five or fewer clients, along with therapy and/or nutrition staff.

Learn more about our virtual IOP eating disorder treatmen services in this information sheet:

What Types of Eating Disorders Are Treated in Our Virtual IOP Program

Our Virtual IOP for eating disorders provides a dynamic and supportive environment for those seeking flexibility along with comprehensive treatment from the safety and comfort of their own home. Below are the specific eating disorders addressed by our Virtual IOP eating disorder programs:

  • Anorexia Nervosa: Our virtual intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment program offers specialized strategies for individuals facing restrictive eating patterns and significant weight loss, addressing the intense fear of gaining weight that characterizes anorexia.
  • Bulimia Nervosa: The virtual IOP eating disorder program offers therapeutic interventions for recurrent binge eating followed by purging, focusing on breaking this cycle through personalized therapy and support.
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED): Our virtual IOP for eating disorders helps people manage and overcome the cycle of bingeing providing tools to regain control and establish a balanced, regular eating routine.
  • Compulsive Overeating: Addressed through our virtual intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment programs, this disordered eating behavior is characterized by episodes of excessive, uncontrolled eating that are tackled with strategies aimed at managing emotional distress and reducing the guilt associated with overeating.
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): This condition, involving a persistent aversion to food, is comprehensively treated through our virtual IOP eating disorder programs, which cater to those with sensory sensitivities, anxieties about choking, or negative past experiences with food.
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED): For conditions that do not meet the criteria of other specified disorders, our virtual IOP provides a flexible yet structured treatment approach tailored to each client’s symptoms and challenges.

Each participant in our virtual IOP for eating disorders benefits from a multidisciplinary approach that combines therapy, nutrition counseling, and ongoing support, all delivered through a secure, accessible online platform.

How Does Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment Work?

Our virtual eating disorder treatment brings our comprehensive care directly to your home through advanced technology. Engage with your dedicated treatment team via secure video calls, receiving the depth of care typical of our on-site services. Our virtual IOP eating disorder treatment entails individual and group therapy, therapeutic meal support, nutritional guidance, and necessary medical or psychiatric consultations. Your health and safety are continuously evaluated and your treatment plan is adapted to fit your evolving needs, ensuring a personalized and supportive treatment journey from home.

What Are the Requirements to Participate in the Virtual IOP Eating Disorder Program?

To take part in our virtual IOP eating disorder program, you will need a reliable internet connection and a device equipped with a camera, such as a computer or smartphone. Our team provides support for any technical setups and addresses challenges like connectivity issues, ensuring you can engage effectively in our virtual outpatient eating disorder treatment without technical disruptions.

How Secure Is My Personal Information during the Virtual IOP Eating Disorder Programming?

Your privacy and security are our utmost priorities. Throughout your participation in our virtual IOP eating disorder program, we implement rigorous confidentiality measures to protect your personal information. Our security protocols are robust, maintaining a high level of privacy assurance to create a secure and reliable setting for your recovery.

Beginning treatment starts with calling to schedule an evaluation with us. No referral is necessary. You can reach us by calling 1-888-364-5977 or by filling out an online form. Our team is here to assist you seven days a week, ready to answer your questions and support your journey toward recovery.

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