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Our approach

At The Emily Program, we approach our work in eating disorder awareness, treatment, and lifetime recovery 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

Combined with evidence-based therapy and exceptional professional and medical care, The Emily Program brings healing and hope to people struggling with eating disorders.

Evidence-based treatment, personalized care

At The Emily Program, we combine our evidence-based treatment with personalized integrative interventions. We’ve found that effective eating disorder treatment requires awareness of the genetic, biological, psychological, social, and cultural impacts on each client.

We respond to the whole person at The Emily Program, utilizing a multidisciplinary team of experts such as therapists, dietitians, and medical staff. Therapies could include:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Family-based therapy (FBT) for adolescents
  • Yoga, art, meditation, and mindfulness therapy
  • Exposure to a variety of food-related experiences, including supervised meals/snacks, meal planning, cooking, shopping, and dining out
  • Co-occurring substance use disorder services
  • LGBTQ or other sexuality support
  • Trauma recovery support

See this infographic for information on outcomes.

Advancing eating disorder care and awareness

Our professional staff has extensive experience in treating and studying anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, compulsive overeating, other specified feeding and eating disorders (OSFED), and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). In addition to one-to-one and group care services, we actively partner in research projects, collaborating with the University of Minnesota, Argosy University, University of St. Thomas, Mayo Clinic, Hennepin County, and others.

Several staff members also have a personal experience with recovery, and their work often extends beyond caring for clients. Many are involved with prevention efforts that promote awareness of eating disorder causes and effects on families and our communities. We truly care.

“We think like people with eating disorders think,” says our Executive Chairman and Founder, 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.”

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Your leadership team

Comprised of nationally recognized researchers and caring therapists, the leadership team at The Emily Program ensures we provide the best care for eating disorders. Meet the team.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Emily Program is here to answer any questions you have about eating disorders and the recovery journey. We want to help. Read the FAQ now.

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