FAQs

Who is the Emily of The Emily Program?
How long will I be in treatment?
What is the assessment process?
How do I get a family member or a friend to call and schedule an appointment?
You have many programs. How do I know what program I’ll be in?
Will my insurance cover The Emily Program?
Do I need a referral?
Is this a weight-loss program?
Do you recommend or endorse gastric bypass or bariatric surgery?

Who is the Emily of The Emily Program?

She’s both a real person and a philosophy. When Dirk Miller opened his new clinic for people with eating disorders, he named it for his sister, Emily, who had recovered from an eating disorder.

Through the years, that name has come to signify personalized care for all individuals struggling with eating disorders – the hallmark of The Emily Program. Members of our treatment team develop a personal connection with clients.

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 Miller. “We ‘are’ our clients… we know the changes people need to make to live through patterns of thoughts and feelings.
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How long will I be in treatment?

We personalize treatment for each individual, so the answer is different for each person. Recovery happens in different ways. Together we’ll determine what set of services seems to be the best fit for you. We’ll work with you for as long as you need to meet your recovery goals.
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What is the assessment process?

It is a thorough, simple, and confidential two-step process tailored to your needs. Once you call us at (651) 645-5323 or 1-888-Emily77 or contact us to set up your evaluation, you’ll be scheduled at The Emily Program location most convenient for you.

Our staff will schedule a time for you to complete some paperwork and psychological assessment measures. (You can save time by filling out some of our forms before you come.)

Then we’ll arrange a face-to-face assessment with one of our experienced intake therapists. Together, you’ll decide what treatment options make the most sense for you. After your intake session, one of our client care coordinators walks you through the next steps and sets up appointments with a team of providers most suited to your individual needs. In other words, we walk with you the whole way.
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How do I get a family member or a friend to call and schedule an appointment?

It is very difficult it is to have someone in your life who is struggling with an eating disorder. We understand. And we know that you may be unsure of how to help. These steps can help frame how you present your concerns to your family member or friend:

Ask to speak to the person in a private setting.

Explain your specific concerns to the person in a non-judgmental, compassionate way. Use “I” language like:

  •  “I’m concerned because you seem to be isolated and not wanting to be involved in any activities, especially when there is food involved.”
  • “I see a large amount of food disappearing in the house and I’m concerned that you may be struggling with an eating problem.”
  • “I see a change in your behavior during family meals, and there’s growing tension during meals. I’m concerned that eating and food is becoming a problem for you.”
  • “Your mood seems to be changing these days and I’m concerned about you.”

Offer to be with the person while they make the phone call. Offer to accompany the person to the assessment evaluation.

If the person is resistant to making the call, let him/her know that you will continue to check in with him/her.

Get support for yourself. Being concerned about someone else who is reluctant to seek help can drain you mentally and emotionally. If the individual you are concerned about remains very resistant to getting treatment, our Conversations service can help you discuss your concerns with her/him. Call us at (651) 645-5323 or 1-888-EMILY77 or contact us.

Read our Guidelines for Family and Friends for help with perspective.
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You have many programs. How do I know what program I’ll be in?

Since we tailor our treatment to you as an individual, we can’t answer that question until we know more about you. At your assessment, you and your intake therapist will decide together what treatment options make the most sense for you—and why. Call us at (651) 645-5323 or 1-888-EMILY77 or contact us to arrange an assessment.
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Will my insurance cover The Emily Program?

Many insurance companies cover The Emily Program treatment (see the current list here) and we can work with you to determine what your insurance will cover. The Emily Program’s client benefits coordinators help you navigate the insurance system. If you don’t have insurance, we’ll help you identify what community resources might be available to you. If you have questions about your coverage or if your insurance changes, please contact us at (651) 645-5323 or 1-888-EMILY77. One of our client services specialists will be able to answer your questions.  
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Do I need a referral?

Each insurance plan is a little different; some require a referral and others don’t. Please check with your insurance carrier to determine if you need a referral. And please contact us at (651) 645-5323 or 1-888-EMILY77 if you have questions.
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Is this a weight-loss program?

Not in the way most people define “weight loss programs.” Let us explain.

We treat eating disorders, and have done so since 1993. Based on many years of experience, we work with you to determine the best way for you to recover from an eating disorder.

For example, if you struggle with compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder, some of your needs will be different than if you struggle with anorexia or bulimia. Typically, the desire to lose weight is a strong thread woven into the fabric of eating disorder behaviors.

Given the nature of eating disorders, we focus on decreasing or stopping your particular disordered eating behaviors while strengthening your coping skills and helping you develop alternative behaviors. That work comes prior to addressing whether or not weight loss is necessary.
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Do you recommend or endorse gastric bypass or bariatric surgery?

We work with many individuals who consider or decide on bariatric surgery (also known as gastric bypass surgery). We’re skilled at doing a bariatric surgery assessment as part of your recovery plan.

Our experience shows that disordered eating patterns that remain unaddressed before bariatric surgery will resurface after surgery. That’s why we strive to strengthen coping skills and develop alternative behaviors before and after any surgery. People undergoing bariatric surgery get the best outcomes when other recovery skills accompany the operation.
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