Eating disorders affect families

When someone you care about struggles with food, the symptoms of the eating disorder touch everyone in the family. The perplexing behaviors can bring frustration, fear and heartache. We know. Since 1993, The Emily Program has worked closely with families, friends, and other loved ones to help them cope with the consequences of eating disorders.

When your child struggles with an eating disorder

Our approach

Parents and families take an active role in the recovery journey. At The Emily Program, we use the proven Maudsley Method, also known as Family-Based Therapy (FBT), in our personalized treatment programs for children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders.

Care that is right for your child

We offer a full continuum of care, including outpatient, intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization and residential, all of which provide daily therapeutic meals and snacks, therapy sessions, and time for schoolwork.

You always have our support

After you complete your intake appointment at The Emily Program, you’ll have access to the Office Manager at your service location who will be your primary resource and support for all care needs and questions.

ED 101: Understanding Eating Disorders, Treatment, and Recovery

We know how overwhelming an eating disorder diagnosis can be for families and friends. The terminology. The process. The uncertainties. Share an evening with us to learn about eating disorders, our personalized treatment programs, and the path to recovery. Our knowledgeable staff at The Emily Program answer common concerns of families and friends facing eating disorder issues for the first time. You’ll leave with valuable resources and a better understanding of this serious mental health issue. We recommend family and friends who are new to eating disorders attend this session at least once before joining a Family & Friends Support Group for a better experience in the group.

In Minnesota:

St. Paul

Upcoming dates: Monday, December 10th, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Emily Program
2265 Como Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108

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In Washington:


Upcoming sessions: Thursday, Oct 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. & Thursday, Dec. 13th,  2018 at 5:00 p.m.

The Emily Program
1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98109
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Attend our Free Family & Friends Session

The Emily Program offers free evening Family and Friends Support Groups open to the public. No need to register; just drop in.

In Washington:


1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m.

Upcoming groups: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 12/20

The Emily Program
1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98109
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Guide for Family and Friends

15 important tips for supporting your loved one on the recovery journey.

Recovery Nights

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