Minnesota’s The Emily Program operates several outpatient treatment facilities for both adolescents and adults. Locations are in Duluth, St. Louis Park, St. Paul and Woodbury, and provide comprehensive treatment services for both males and females who are struggling with eating disorders along with mental health concerns and substance abuse. Programming implements evidence- and strength-based modalities along with 12-step recovery principles and some holistic approaches, all of which are individualized. The outpatient tracks are an ideal step-down from the residential treatment offered through The Emily Program, and there are also lodging options for those who wish to stay in a structured living environment while participating in outpatient care.
Treatment and Staff
Depending on what the initial assessment determines, there are some clients who go to outpatient without needing the initial residential care. Since all the programs are personalized to suit each client’s needs, there isn’t a set amount of time that they are expected to remain in treatment, though usually when it comes to eating disorders it’s over 30 days. Depending on how intensive of an outpatient treatment is needed, there is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)— both of which often include the partial lodging, though that is certainly not required. Clients can absolutely live at home and partake in the outpatient programs. There is also a standard outpatient program that requires a minimal amount of time in therapy.
These outpatient tracks for adults and adolescents (up to the age of 18) include regular group and individual therapy, nutritional education and regular meetings with a psychiatrist to address any mental health issues. If needed, medication management can be facilitated.
Minnesota programs offer a variety of group sessions throughout the week in the outpatient track that are scheduled throughout the day in order to be as convenient as possible to accommodate client’s personal lives. These groups include a therapeutic meals, social anxiety groups, body image groups, LGBTQ focused groups and life skills groups.
Treatment approaches include CBT, DBT, EMDR, trauma-informed care, relapse prevention, psychoeducation and coping skills. For those who are suffering from an addiction in conjunction with their eating disorder, there is a specialty substance abuse program that’s integrated; it usually runs around six to eight weeks in total. These combine the AA philosophy and traditional treatment approaches. Each client works with their therapist on personal goals and treatment milestones to assess their achievements during every step of treatment. The adolescent tracks also integrate the Family Systems method into their programming.
Staff of the Minnesota outpatient programs are operated by LPCs, LCSWs, psychiatrists and psychologists.
Additionally there are some holistic and expressive therapies employed like art and music therapy, and movement therapy. Family and couples therapy is available to all clients and their loved ones.
Every person experiences their eating disorder in a different way, and The Emily Program has designed programming to accommodate all levels of need. In addition to the comprehensive treatment schedules provided, many of the staff members have also been through the experience of an eating disorder and are able to offer an extra layer of compassion and understanding to their clientele. The Emily Program is an all encompassing resource for the Twin Cities.
The Emily Program
1295 Bandana Blvd West, Ste 310 & 210
St. Paul, MN 55108
The Emily Program Minnesota Outpatient Cost: Call for details; some insurance accepted. Reach The Emily Program by phone at (651) 645-5323. Find The Emily Program on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
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