The Emily Program was originally established in 1993 in Minnesota as a place for adolescents and adults to receive treatment for eating disorders, including bulimia, anorexia and binge eating, and dual diagnosis support. Since its inception, The Emily Program has established locations in four states, included facilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio. The the newest branches being located in Seattle and Spokane, Washington. These locations offers a sober living program along with outpatient treatment that is individualized and uses evidence-based treatment modalities during both an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).
Treatment and Staff
Both the PHP and IOP integrate real world experiences, exposure to common triggers and relapse prevention. The PHP is a full time program, with clients in treatment five days a week, seven hours a day. The IOP steps down considerably to three or four days a week for three hours at a time. Each client has a treatment goal plan that they work on during their program with their therapist, and though there isn’t a “typical” day in treatment, for the most part clients participate in a structured daily schedule of group and individual therapy, recreational therapy and experiential approaches. This can mean art and music therapy, or strength training, therapeutic meals and snacks, along with frequent sessions with the staff nutritionist and psychiatrists.
For those in the program with an existing co-occurring disorder there are additional outpatient programming options. There are weekly meetings that consist of group therapy and the 12 steps. Medication management is also an option. Therapeutic methods include CBT, DBT, EMDR and trauma-informed care.
The Emily Program offers telehealth for outpatient, intensive outpatient and intensive day/partial hospitalization programs.
The staff is incredibly attentive to the needs of the clients and is able to adjust treatment protocols depending on need. There are medical staff including physicians and nurses who conduct several assessments and check in during the course of a client’s treatment, aforementioned psychiatrists, LPC, LCSW, and specialty therapists.
In terms of the sober living homes associated with the outpatient program, the Seattle house is known as Neptune Lodging, and Spokane location is called Lilac Lodging. Both of the facilities are single family homes with several bedrooms. Situated in lovely, upscale neighborhoods, the residences provide all the comforts of home. There are shared, fully furnished bedrooms, large living room spaces with TVs, Wifi throughout the homes, spacious living accommodations and on-site washers and dryers. The main difference between these two locations is that Lilac Lodging is specifically for adult women, while Neptune welcomes both genders. In addition, both the Seattle and Spokane spaces are close to the outpatient treatment facility so transportation is never a problem. There are also plenty of restaurants, grocery stores and boutiques in the area, and during downtimes in between treatment clients often explore their surroundings.
There is an on-site kitchen and shared dining room in each home. Part of the program is reintegrating clients back into their communities through life skills training, including cooking. There are weekly trips to the grocery store with a nutritionist who helps each individual figure their weekly meal plans, and they prepare food for themselves.
Yoga and movement therapy are integrated into treatment. There are also family therapy services offered at the outpatient clinic.
The Emily Program’s Washington facilities are an invaluable resource. For the adults in the outpatient treatment programs who are also living in the transitional housing facilities, they are getting regular chances to try out their newly found recovery skills in real world situations, which not only helps promote their strength and self esteem but also gives them a peek into what life will look like once they return home. Clients also have the advantage of having therapists who have gone through the same thing and are able to offer that extra layer of support through life experience.
The Emily Program
1700 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
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