Our Philosophy

The hallmark of The Emily Program is personalized care for any individual struggling with eating disorders and related problems.

Our mission is to provide exceptional, individualized care leading to recovery from eating disorders.

The Emily Program's vision is a world of peaceful relationships with food, weight, and body image, where everyone with an eating disorder can experience recovery.

We approach our work and everyone we encounter with:

  • Passion for what we do
  • Integrity in how we do it
  • Respect for those we serve
  • Service delivered in the way that works best for our clients

We respond to the whole person, providing the support of therapists, dietitians, and medical staff alongside experiential and specialized approaches, like yoga, music, art, meditation, photo therapy, acupuncture, massage, spirituality, recreation, chemical dependency services, cooking, dining out, LGBTQ support, trauma recovery, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, gardening, sexuality, mindfulness training, pregnancy support, and more.

We continue to create and explore new ways to help our clients along the road to recovery. And, we are active partners in research —working with the University of Minnesota, Argosy University, University of St. Thomas, Mayo Clinic, Hennepin County, and others.

Members of our treatment team develop a personal connection with clients and their families. Regardless of the client’s age, we actively encourage the involvement of loved ones: spouses, partners, fathers, mothers, sibling, stepparents, friends and others.

This connection is often the start of long-term relationships, because eating disorders tend to be difficult, long-term illnesses by their very nature. Strengthening this connection is The Emily Program staff’s unparalleled commitment.

We help clients heal, and we do much more. We work hard to prevent eating disorders by promoting awareness of their causes and their effects on families and every one of our communities.

Our staff has extensive experience in the field. Several also have a personal experience with recovery.

“We think like people with eating disorders think,” says our executive director, Dirk Miller, Ph.D., L.P. “We ‘are’ our clients. We know the changes people need to make to live through an eating disorder’s destructive patterns of thoughts and feelings. We know how to restore people to whole and happy lives.”