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Eating disorders affect 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 him/her know that you will continue to check in with him/her.

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: currently on hold

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

Kelsey Stephens
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1146

St. Paul (Toogood), MN

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

Seattle, WA

Kelsey Thomas
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1808

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, MS, RD, CD of our Seattle outpatient location: 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:00-6:00 p.m. PT

Upcoming dates: Nov. 12th, Dec. 10th, Jan. 14th, Feb. 11th, Mar. 11th, May 8th. Join us via Zoom. Passcode: 990321

 

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.

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

Upcoming dates: Nov. 5th, Dec. 3rd, Jan. 7th, Feb. 4th, Mar. 4th, Apr. 1st, May 6th. Join us via Zoom. Passcode: 148410

And: Nov. 19th, Dec. 17th, Jan. 21st, Feb. 18th, Mar. 18th, Apr. 15th, May 20th. Join us via Zoom. Passcode: 148410

 

"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

Recommended Links

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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