Posts Tagged ‘Support Groups’

Mealtime Tips

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Eating disorders are complex illnesses that often lead to severe disturbances in thought patterns and behaviors. A key time when behaviors and thought patterns are illuminated is during meals. Those affected by eating disorders may dread or fear eating and experience anxiety, anger, and depression during mealtimes. 

What does Someone with an Eating Disorders Experience During Meals?

Individuals affected by eating disorders often cite mealtimes as a significant cause of distress. Since eating disorders typically accompany an intense preoccupation with food and body, they lead individuals into disordered eating patterns like restricting, bingeing, or purging. These patterns become solidified over time and become harder to challenge and break. In addition, those affected may experience significant distress over meals. Possible reactions and responses to meal times can include:

  • Anxiety, fear, or distress of the impending meal
  • Fear of the food served
  • Anxiety about eating, especially eating in public
  • Lack of appetite
  • Emotional disturbance 
  • Negative thought patterns like “I hate myself for eating this”
  • Unrealistic thought patterns such as “If I eat this I will become fat”
  • Activation of the body’s flight or fight response
  • Anger
  • Refusal to eat
  • Depression, anxiety, or experiencing an intense need to compensate after the meal is over

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Former Clients Reflect on Adolescent Programming

East Metro, The Emily Program

We wanted to share former clients’ reflections on their time in The Emily Program’s adolescent programs.

  • “The Emily Program has helped me a lot mostly because I am a kid and usually these (things) don’t make a whole lot of sense. Thank you.” – Adolescent client
  • “Our family is more open—not just about food, but with feelings. It’s amazing to see how much everything has changed and how willing they are to say how they feel.” – Adolescent client
  • “I feel surrounded and protected—something I didn’t have for many years. It’s nice to have that, finally.” – Adolescent client
  • “Sometimes, you feel like you’re doing the battle alone. Being with the other parents definitely made me feel more supported. There’s a whole bunch of other people going through the same thing with their kids.” – Parent of an adolescent client
  • “I’m here with my daughter. She’s only been in the program for 2 months but I see changes in her already. So it’s nice to know I still have hope.” – Parent of an adolescent client
  • “I want to thank my daughter for being strong enough to face her own issues with her eating disorder. She came to The Emily Program to take back her life and she helped me realize I can do the same.” – Parent of an adolescent client

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For Families

When someone you care about struggles with food, the symptoms of the eating disorder touch everyone in the family. The perplexing behaviors can bring frustration, fear and heartache. We know. Since 1993, The Emily Program has worked closely with families, friends, and other loved ones to help them cope with the consequences of eating disorders.

When your child struggles with an eating disorder

Our approach

Parents and families take an active role in the recovery journey. At The Emily Program, we use the proven Maudsley Method, also known as Family-Based Therapy (FBT), in our personalized treatment programs for children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders. 

Care that is right for your child

We offer a full continuum of care, including outpatient, intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization and residential, all of which provide daily therapeutic meals and snacks, therapy sessions, and time for schoolwork.

You always have our support

After you complete your intake appointment at The Emily Program, you’ll have access to the Office Manager at your service location who will be your primary resource and support for all care needs and questions.

How do I get a family member or a friend to call and schedule an appointment?

It is very difficult to watch someone in your life 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 stay with the person while they make the phone call. If the person is resistant to making the call, let them know that you will continue to check in with them.

How can I get information on eating disorder treatment outcomes?

The Emily Program uses an evidence-based approach to treatment. See this infographic for information on outcomes.

Get support for yourself. Being concerned about someone else who is reluctant to seek help can drain you mentally and emotionally. For more information, please call us at 1-888-364-5977 or contact us.

Recovery Nights

Join us for Recovery Night

Hear speakers share their personal stories of dedication and perseverance on the road to recovery from eating disorders. Speakers include Emily Program staff, former clients, and community members. Recovery Night is free and open to the public; anyone is invited to attend, including clients, support people, and the community. We know healing is not an easy journey but you can find hope here. Find the Recovery Night schedule below.

Minnesota

MINNESOTA

St. Paul – Como (6:30 PM):

2265 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Upcoming dates: currently on hold

St. Paul Adolescent & Young Adult – Toogood (6:00 PM):

2230 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Upcoming dates: currently on hold

Washington

WASHINGTON

Seattle (6:00-7:30 PM):

1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98109  

Upcoming dates (Virtual event):
Please check back for upcoming dates

Share your recovery story

Your experience on the path to recovery can inspire others and affirm that there is hope. If you are willing to share your recovery story in a genuine and honest way, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

St. Paul (Como), MN

Molly McCann
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1165

St. Paul (Toogood), MN

Lucy Chermak
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1934

Seattle, WA

Kristen Myers
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1806

ED 101: Understanding Eating Disorders, Treatment, and Recovery

We know how overwhelming an eating disorder diagnosis can be for families and friends. The terminology. The process. The uncertainties. Share an evening with us to learn about eating disorders, our personalized treatment programs, and the path to recovery. Our knowledgeable staff at The Emily Program answer common concerns of families and friends facing eating disorder issues for the first time. You’ll leave with valuable resources and a better understanding of this serious mental health issue. We recommend family and friends who are new to eating disorders attend this session at least once before joining a Family & Friends Support Group for a better experience in the group.

Virtual Event: Free Eating Disorders 101, Hosted by Gretchen Coleman, M.S., R.D., C.D., Dietitian at our Seattle outpatient location: 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:00 p.m. PT

Upcoming dates: April 8th, May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, August 12th, Sept. 9th, Oct. 14th, Nov. 11th, Dec. 9th. Join us via Zoom. 

Virtual Event: Free Eating Disorders 101, Hosted by Lauren Silberstein, Ph.D., L.P, Psychologist at our St. Paul outpatient location: 4th Thursday every other month, 6:30-8:00 p.m. CT

Upcoming dates: Apr. 22nd, June 24th,  Aug. 26th,  Oct. 28th, Dec. 23rd. Join us via Zoom.

 

Free Family & Friends Sessions

The Emily Program offers free evening Family and Friends Support Groups open to the public. No need to register; just drop in. (Please note: This group is intended for family and friends providing support to loved ones with an eating disorder. If you are a client or potential client, please attend our ED 101 or Recovery Night events if you would like to learn more.)

Virtual Event: Friends and Family Night, Hosted by Melissa Harmon, MA, LMHC, Clinical Manager at our Seattle outpatient location: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:00 p.m. PT.

Upcoming dates: Apr. 1st, May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st, Aug. 5th, Sept. 2nd, Oct. 7th, Nov. 4th, Dec. 2nd. Join us via Zoom.

And: Apr. 15th, May 20th, June 17th, July 15th, Aug. 19th, Sept. 16th, Oct. 21st, Nov. 18th, Dec. 16th . Join us via Zoom. 

 

"Emily Program Experts" Recovery Series

These community-based discussions around recovery are led by clinicians from The Emily Program.

Washington

WASHINGTON

Seattle (6:00-7:30 PM):

1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98109  

Upcoming dates: Please check back for upcoming dates

Recommended Links

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Warning Signs

The warning signs of eating disorders can be difficult to detect.  Make sure you know what to look for.

Guide for Family and Friends

15 important tips for supporting your loved one on the recovery journey.

Recovery Nights

Hear powerful stories that will inspire, motivate, and affirm your choices for healthy living. Recovery Night speakers share their experiences and answer your questions.

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.

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Recovery Nights & Community Events

Eating disorder recovery is possible. Our free community events are forums where you can connect with others going through similar experiences and learn about treatment and recovery. Join us and tap into the energy and joy that happens when food is just food and healthy living leads the way.

Recovery Nights

Join us for Recovery Night

Hear speakers share their personal stories of dedication and perseverance on the road to recovery from eating disorders. Speakers include Emily Program staff, former clients, and community members. Recovery Night is free and open to the public; anyone is invited to attend, including clients, support people, and the community. We know healing is not an easy journey but you can find hope here. Find the Recovery Night schedule below.

Minnesota

MINNESOTA

St. Paul – Como (6:30 PM):

2265 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Upcoming dates: currently on hold

St. Paul Adolescent & Young Adult – Toogood (6:00 PM):

2230 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Upcoming dates: currently on hold

Washington

WASHINGTON

Seattle (6:00-7:30 PM):

1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98109  

Upcoming dates (Virtual event):
Please check back for upcoming dates

Share your recovery story

Your experience on the path to recovery can inspire others and affirm that there is hope. If you are willing to share your recovery story in a genuine and honest way, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

St. Paul (Como), MN

Molly McCann
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1165

St. Paul (Toogood), MN

Lucy Chermak
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1934

Seattle, WA

Kristen Myers
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1806

ED 101: Understanding Eating Disorders, Treatment, and Recovery

We know how overwhelming an eating disorder diagnosis can be for families and friends. The terminology. The process. The uncertainties. Share an evening with us to learn about eating disorders, our personalized treatment programs, and the path to recovery. Our knowledgeable staff at The Emily Program answer common concerns of families and friends facing eating disorder issues for the first time. You’ll leave with valuable resources and a better understanding of this serious mental health issue. We recommend family and friends who are new to eating disorders attend this session at least once before joining a Family & Friends Support Group for a better experience in the group.

Virtual Event: Free Eating Disorders 101, Hosted by Gretchen Coleman, M.S., R.D., C.D., Dietitian at our Seattle outpatient location: 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:00 p.m. PT

Upcoming dates: April 8th, May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, August 12th, Sept. 9th, Oct. 14th, Nov. 11th, Dec. 9th. Join us via Zoom. 

Virtual Event: Free Eating Disorders 101, Hosted by Lauren Silberstein, Ph.D., L.P, Psychologist at our St. Paul outpatient location: 4th Thursday every other month, 6:30-8:00 p.m. CT

Upcoming dates: Apr. 22nd, June 24th,  Aug. 26th,  Oct. 28th, Dec. 23rd. Join us via Zoom.

 

Free Family & Friends Sessions

The Emily Program offers free evening Family and Friends Support Groups open to the public. No need to register; just drop in. (Please note: This group is intended for family and friends providing support to loved ones with an eating disorder. If you are a client or potential client, please attend our ED 101 or Recovery Night events if you would like to learn more.)

Virtual Event: Friends and Family Night, Hosted by Melissa Harmon, MA, LMHC, Clinical Manager at our Seattle outpatient location: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:00 p.m. PT.

Upcoming dates: Apr. 1st, May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st, Aug. 5th, Sept. 2nd, Oct. 7th, Nov. 4th, Dec. 2nd. Join us via Zoom.

And: Apr. 15th, May 20th, June 17th, July 15th, Aug. 19th, Sept. 16th, Oct. 21st, Nov. 18th, Dec. 16th . Join us via Zoom. 

 

"Emily Program Experts" Recovery Series

These community-based discussions around recovery are led by clinicians from The Emily Program.

Washington

WASHINGTON

Seattle (6:00-7:30 PM):

1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98109  

Upcoming dates: Please check back for upcoming dates

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Day Treatment vs. IOP – What’s the difference?

Like many other eating disorder facilities, The Emily Program offers multiple levels of care for adolescents and adults. What makes The Emily Program different is that our services are based in outpatient treatment. As The Emily Program founder Dirk Miller says, “We didn’t start as an inpatient program and develop outpatient services to support that model. The reason is pretty simple: most change occurs as an outpatient. We live our lives as ‘outpatients.’ Ultimately we must apply what’s learned to a life of recovery that we live outside the treatment program.”

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