Telehealth Services

Telehealth

Telehealth

Virtual support to keep you on the path to recovery

We understand the importance of wellness and connection during this extraordinary situation. We are committed to continuing to offer all levels of eating disorder treatment at a time when our clients need support more than ever.

To that end, The Emily Program now offers virtual eating disorder treatment* for outpatient sessions, intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP)/intensive day programs (IDP). Our multidisciplinary care team will continue to provide compassionate, evidence-based care for eating disorders in a secure virtual environment. Through telehealth, our clients can stay connected with their care providers and continue to pursue recovery through individual and group treatment.

*Note: Telehealth is currently offered in Minnesota, Washington, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Telehealth across state lines has limitations. We are advocating to be able to deliver telehealth throughout the U.S., but it will take time. 

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What is telehealth?

Telehealth uses technology to deliver care to clients virtually. It allows you to connect to your treatment team by video in order to receive the structured support you would typically receive in person.

Like traditional intensive programming (IDP/PHP and IOP), telehealth programming at The Emily Program includes individual, group, and family therapy; therapeutic meal support; nutritional counseling; psychiatry sessions; and medical appointments, as appropriate. Your treatment plan will be personalized to fit your specific needs.

Prior to receiving telehealth at The Emily Program, you will attend an orientation that introduces your programming schedule and curriculum. Orientation staff will ensure you have access to the appropriate food and nutritional supplements, technology, and other resources you will need to participate in telehealth services.

Medical and safety needs will be assessed regularly to ensure you are receiving the level of care appropriate for you.

What if I don’t have internet access at home?

Please let us know if you have any technology concerns (e.g., internet access) that would make it difficult for you to participate from home. We will provide internet for you on-site at The Emily Program so that you can participate in telehealth services. 

How will residential treatment work?

Residential treatment will continue in person. We have implemented strict safety measures and protocols based on guidelines from the CDC, WHO and local health department recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Outpatient For Adults

Outpatient Care For Adults

Our outpatient program helps you gain insight and develop recovery skills. Some people can do the outpatient program when they first come to The Emily Program, while others will need partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient or residential treatment first and then will step down into outpatient. In addition to the recovery work you’ll be doing, you can continue or re-establish everyday activities like work or school. Outpatient care is available at each of our convenient locations in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Washington.

Personalized treatment plans

Our personalized treatment approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). We design a treatment plan to address your needs, using best practices in the field of eating disorders treatment. Your outpatient treatment plan may include:

  • Group therapy with other adults experiencing similar issues, thoughts, and feelings
  • Individual sessions with a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and associated health complications
  • Family therapy, if appropriate, to involve the spouse or partner, children, parents, siblings, and other family in the healing process
  • Nutrition education
  • Individual sessions with a dietitian who specializes in eating disorders, as needed, particularly when stepping down from higher levels of care
  • Medical and psychiatric services, as needed, particularly when stepping down from higher levels of care

Individual sessions

In individual outpatient sessions at The Emily Program, you will meet one-on-one with a therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, and/or physician. The type and frequency of individual sessions vary by treatment plan and are designed to help you move forward in recovery. These healing connections strengthen your recovery and help you learn and practice the skills you need for health.

Group therapy

At The Emily Program, we believe that group therapy can be an incredibly important part of your recovery from an eating disorder. Groups provide a safe, judgment-free environment to process thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with other people in similar situations. We offer many therapeutic and skill-building groups, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training, Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorder recovery, Families Supporting Families, and more. Group sessions vary by location. Your intake therapist and/or individual therapist will recommend a group that might be the best fit for you.

Click on the links below to learn more about group offerings at our locations:

Minnesota:

*Includes groups at St. Louis Park, St. Paul (multiple locations), and East Metro

Ohio:

Washington:

Please speak with your individual therapist about any group opportunities that interest you. Your provider can help guide and inform you about which groups would be a good fit for where you are on your path to recovery. Your provider is also your contact to enroll in any of our outpatient groups.

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Outpatient Care For Children, Teens and Young Adults

Outpatient Care for Children, Teens and Young Adults

Children, teens, and young adults have different concerns than adults. Our providers specialize in adolescents and will design a treatment plan to suit your child’s needs. Whether it’s individual, group, or family sessions (or all three), The Emily Program offers a continuum of developmentally appropriate treatment options for all young people. Scheduled around school hours, our individual and group sessions build in times for family involvement—a crucial part of recovery.

Outpatient Care Strengthens Connections

With years of experience treating teens and young adults struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive eating, and related mental health issues, including substance use disorders, we know the value of family involvement in recovery. Outpatient therapy helps your child reconnect with family, friends, and community.

Our adolescent outpatient services team shapes its care programs on these core values:

  • Passion: We are passionate about treating eating disorders and helping our clients get well.
  • Respect: Clients and families come first—we have empathy and patience for everyone in our community.
  • Commitment: We are committed to facilitating the recovery of the greatest number of people in need.
  • Collaboration: We partner with families and communities to offer flexible treatment options.

We’ve designed our adolescent services so that parents, stepparents and/or loved ones will actively participate. The Emily Program offers support programs for siblings and counseling for co-parenting adults and couples, too.

Our team also reaches out to your community’s professionals who interact with your child, such as school staff and your physician, therapists, and dietitians, to ensure appropriate after-care. Recovery happens when we work together.

Personalized treatment plans

Our personalized treatment approach is based in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). We design a treatment plan to address your needs, using best practices in the field of eating disorders treatment. Your outpatient treatment plan may include:

  • Individual therapy for one-on-one sessions with a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and associated health complications
  • Group therapy with other adolescents and young adults experiencing similar issues, thoughts, and feelings
  • Family therapy, if appropriate, to involve parents, siblings, and other family members in the healing process
  • Nutrition education
  • Medical and psychiatric services, as needed

Individual sessions

In individual outpatient sessions at The Emily Program, you will meet one-on-one with a therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, and/or physician. The type and frequency of individual sessions vary by treatment plan and are designed to help you move forward in recovery. These healing connections strengthen your recovery and help you learn and practice the skills you need for health.

Group therapy

At The Emily Program, we believe that group therapy can be an incredibly important part of your recovery from an eating disorder. Groups provide a safe, judgment-free environment to process thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with other people in similar situations.  Group sessions vary by location. Your intake therapist and/or individual therapist will recommend a group that might be the best fit for you.

Click on the links below to learn more about group offerings at our locations:

Ohio:

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Day Treatment for Adults

Day Treatment for Adults


Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP)

This intensive, all-day program is for those stepping out of residential care or those in need of more support than the intensive outpatient program (IOP). Clients typically spend 5 days/week, 7 hours/day in PHP/IDP.

Programming includes structured therapeutic meals, behavior exposure groups, and experiential challenges. During your treatment, you’ll meet with your therapist, dietitian, and other medical professionals. Psychiatric assessment, medication management, and medical monitoring may also be part of your intensive day/partial hospitalization program.

We also offer lodging accommodations to make PHP/IDP possible for clients coming from a distance. The lodging option is available to adults 18+ in St. Paul, St. Louis Park, East Metro, Seattle, Spokane, or Cleveland.


Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) focuses on recovery and relapse prevention for those in need of more structure and support than non-intensive outpatient treatment. Clients typically spend 4 days/week, 3 hours per day in programming. Group-based intervention and therapeutic meals provide enhanced therapeutic support and symptom interruption.

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Day Treatment for Children, Teens and Young Adults

Day Treatment for Children, Teens and Young Adults


Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP) 

This intensive program is for those stepping out of residential care or those in need of more support than the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for children, adolescents and young adults.

Your child will spend 5 days/week, 6 hours/day, plus school, studying or tutoring hours in treatment. Programming includes structured therapeutic meals, behavior exposure groups, and experiential challenges.

During treatment, your child will meet with a therapist, dietitian, and other medical professionals. Psychiatric assessment, medication management, and medical monitoring may also be part of your intensive day/partial hospitalization program. In addition to one-on-one therapy, many of our programs for adolescents are based on the Maudsley Approach, which recognizes the importance of family involvement in the treatment of eating disorders.

PHP/IDP is one of the best options for young clients needing the most symptom-reduction attention and staff support while still living at home.


Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our Intensive Outpatient Program for children, adolescents and young adults focuses on recovery and relapse prevention for adolescents and families in need of more structure and support than non-intensive outpatient treatment. Your child will spend 4 days/week, 3 hours per day in programming, with weekly family participation. Group-based intervention and therapeutic meals provide enhanced therapeutic support and symptom interruption.

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Residential Care For Children, Teens and Young Adults

Residential Care for Children, Teens and Young Adults

For teens and young adults, real healing can begin in a safe, supportive, and homelike environment. The Anna Westin House for Adolescents in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Anna Westin House West for Adolescents and Young Adults in Minneapolis, MN are licensed 16-bed treatment centers that help adolescents and young adults of any gender who struggle with eating disorders.


Around-the-clock personalized eating disorder treatment

Anna Westin House – Adolescent and Anna Westin House West are Minnesota’s first residential programs dedicated exclusively to treating adolescent males and females with eating disorders. Our professional 24/7 care includes physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, dietitians, art therapists, licensed teachers, recreational therapists, nurses, eating disorders technicians, and more. Nursing staff is always on duty, while eating disorder technicians and/or therapists are always on hand to support and manage appropriate resident relationships. Licensed teachers from the Saint Paul Public Schools coordinate your child’s academic work with their school.

Both are comfortable, state-of-the-art facilities nestled in peaceful neighborhoods. Whether at the Anna Westin House Adolescent in the St. Anthony neighborhood or Anna Westin House West in the Linden Hills neighborhood, clients will be in a safe and secure environment where real healing can happen.

Our team of therapists, dietitians, psychiatrists, and/or medical doctors seamlessly integrates supervised care and medical monitoring with personalized treatment plans. Teens engage in individual and group therapy. The structured and supportive care we offer combines the clinical expertise of our experienced staff with evidence-based therapies, incorporating psychological, nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and integrative interventions in a comprehensive approach.

Substance use disorder (chemical dependency), abuse history, or other mental health complications often add layers of complexity to eating disorder treatment. We know. Many of us have been there, too, and we’re ready to guide your child on the recovery journey. We’ve worked successfully with adolescents and young adults with eating disorders—and their families—since 1993.


While working with The Emily Program, you can expect us to:

  • Respect you and your child as individuals
  • Reassure your child that recovery from their eating disorder is possible
  • Understand how hard recovery can be
  • Remain committed to your child’s recovery, even on days when they doubt it
  • Take every diagnosis and treatment seriously
  • Provide insights and skills that help your child improve their life
  • Provide your child with a knowledgeable, trustworthy individual therapist and dietitian
  • Provide medical and psychiatric services, as needed
  • Offer multiple therapy and support groups, addressing a wide range of issues
  • Encourage and support your involvement with Family-Based Treatment, family therapy, couples therapy, and other support for family and friends, based on your unique needs
  • Base our treatment decisions on research, community standards, and sound clinical judgment
  • Help you navigate the insurance system, working diligently to ensure the highest coverage possible
  • Work with passion and integrity to serve you and your child in a way that works best for you

Our expectations for you and your child are simple—and also may be difficult (that’s OK; recovery is hard work). We expect:

  • Your child to actively participate in recovery from their eating disorder
  • You and your child to be honest and respectful with yourself and those around you
  • You and your child to make treatment and recovery a top priority

We stay with you through recovery

When your child is ready to transition out of residential care, we’re still here for your family every step of the way. The length of stay depends on your child’s needs and situation; most residents “step down” to our Adolescent Intensive Day Program when leaving Anna Westin House – Adolescent or the Anna Westin House West.

You’ll still have access to many of The Emily Program outpatient options for your child, 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 your child’s physician, school staff, and your local therapists and dietitians, to ensure appropriate aftercare.

Our mission is transparent

To provide exceptional care leading to recovery from eating disorders. Ideally, we want a world of peaceful relationships with food, weight, and body image, where everyone with an eating disorder can experience recovery.

We’ll help your child and your family recognize and change destructive eating disorder behaviors and replace them with positive, lasting coping mechanisms that support a whole, joyful life.

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