Anna Westin House, Adult Residential Program
The Emily Program’s adult residential treatment program at the Anna Westin House provides 24/7, comprehensive eating disorder treatment for females and males in a peaceful, supportive, home-like environment. The Anna Westin House can treat 16 individuals in a comfortable Saint Paul neighborhood.
The Anna Westin House helps those who need longer-term treatment couples with 24-hour, 7-day per week support and structure. The care we offer combines the clinical expertise of highly experienced staff with evidence-based therapies, delivered in a comfortable community setting. We use a variety of approaches to treat multiple issues and assist individuals in developing the skills that support recovery—and emphasize maximal involvement of the family and/or significant others.
We use a holistic and non-exclusive therapeutic model to address psychological, nutritional, psychiatric, and medical needs. The program integrates various components.
Since recovery happens in different ways for different people, we personalize treatment elements, length of stay, and transition to aftercare.
When transitioning out of The Anna Westin House, clients can use many The Emily Program outpatient options such as Intensive Outpatient or Intensive Day Programs; individual, group and family therapy; psychiatry and medical services; and nutritional counseling. We also work with community professionals--including physicians, therapists, and dietitians--to ensure appropriate aftercare.
The following services are part of a typical week at the Anna Westin House. Residents participate in group sessions, a variety of individual sessions, and three therapeutic meals and snacks per day. Sessions include psychotherapy, family therapy, nutrition, art therapy, medical assessments, psychiatric visits, acupuncture, massage, spiritual care, music therapy, and others across the week. Each resident's schedule is personalized to meet their specific needs.
- Individual Psychotherapy: By exploring underlying emotions and interpersonal factors that contribute to an eating disorder, individuals learn to replace uncontrolled behaviors and negative feelings with a strong sense of self and a positive self-esteem.
- Group Psychotherapy: Groups meet to share common experiences to alleviate feelings of shame and isolation. Sharing common experiences breaks these barriers and inspires self-understanding as each person learns to identify unhealthy patterns and develop healthy alternatives. Group therapy includes CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), multifamily group, and others.
- Family Therapy: Family therapy sessions explore and improve long-standing communication patterns between family members. These sessions provide awareness of common issues and roles and help the individual with the eating disorder to recover and work toward a successful transition to the next level of care. Multifamily group and meal sessions are incorporated each week.
- Nutrition Therapy: Individual, group and family nutritional counseling, education, and meal planning are tailored to each resident's needs to help her interrupt symptom use, restore body health, and regain trust in her body's ability to regulate eating. These sessions and supported therapeutic meals and snacks help restore harmony to eating patterns, develop self-care skills, and help family members better understand how to support their loved one around eating.
- Medical Care: Our physicians and nurses provide around-the-clock medical monitoring for residents. Beyond labs, blood pressure, weight, and other standard medical monitoring, our medical team is able to administer medications, assessing for self-administration readiness, and provide medication education; assess each resident's physical, mental, and emotional status; and make it a priority to collaborate with the resident's treatment team. They also coordinate appointments with outside primary care physicians.
- Psychiatric Care: We work with individuals regarding evaluation of co-occuring conditions and medications that may be incorporated into treatment of the eating disorder or other related conditions.
- Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Acupuncture, acupressure, and TCM treatments help relieve anxiety and physical complaints and restore balance to the body.
- Massage Therapy: Massage sessions bring ease to the body, mind, and spirit and help residents access and develop a deep relationship with the wisdom inherent in their bodies.
- Art Therapy: Creating art helps relieve anxiety, address body image issues, provide non-verbal means of expression, and assist in developing new coping and expressive skills.
- Spiritual Therapy: Our non-denominational approach addresses issues of spiritual health through prayer, meditation, spiritual counseling, group discussions, and worship experiences as appropriate to each resident's beliefs and needs.
- Movement Therapy: Yoga, stretching, strength work, cardiovascular, and play activities are incorporated as appropriate to develop healthful activities that support well-being.
- Experiential Activities: Community experiences such as cooking, clothes shopping, grocery shopping, and dining at restaurants help the individual strengthen self-expression and gain assertiveness and symptom control.
Family and Friends Week: Every month we select a few families and friends of current residents to join us for a week of in-depth experiential work. Family and friends participate in group activities, therapeutic meals, listen to informational speakers, etc. over the course of five days. Click here to see a sample schedule of the week.
Recovery is Possible. There is help. There is hope.