Treatment Options in the Twin Cities Area

The Joy Project


  Program Description Patient Demographics
Support Groups Monday nights from 6:30-8:00pm at University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601 13th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Hosts weekly support groups for members of the community who are struggling to recover from an eating disorder. More info here.
COVID-19 Edit: Until further notice, we are meeting virtually through Zoom on Monday nights from 6:30-8:00pm.For link and password, contact us at
Anyone affected by an eating disorder or body image issues is welcome. Friends and family members are welcome as well.

Beyond Rules Recovery

Contact: Shira L Charpentier

  Program Description Patient Demographics
Waconia In-Person
Support Groups
Held at Elite Nutrition in Waconia, MN and meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 pm CST. Drop in, no registration needed, donations accepted.  Individuals interested in discussing/needing support with food, building self confidence, achieving goals, and becoming your best self.
Virtual Support Group
This group serves as a space to connect with others who can relate while maintaining a recovery-focus. This is a peer-led group; we are peers in recovery or recovered helping peers achieve their own recovery. Groups are Tues, Thurs, Sun (check calendar for times); $8/group, or $90/month unlimited groups. A virtual space for people who are struggling with disordered eating and/or body image-related issues; 17 years old and older
Adolescent Virtual Support Group A virtual group with a variety of topics that include body image, nutrition, social influences, emotional regulation, coping strategies, and self esteem. This is a peer-led group, working to build confidence and empowerment to live a life in recovery. Groups are on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month; $15/group. Anyone ages 12-18
Supporters Virtual Support Group A virtual group for supporters who need guidance and help navigating how to support their loved one with an eating disorder. Groups are on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month; $20/group. Supporters of a loved one with an eating disorder

The Emily Program

Phone: 1-888-364-5977
Telehealth appointments are available

St Paul St Louis Park Duluth
2265 Como Ave
Saint Paul 55108
5354 Parkdale Drive,2nd Floor
St Louis Park 55416
26 E Superior St
Suite 315Duluth 55802
Ph: 1-888-364-5977
Fax: (651) 647-5135
Ph: 1-888-364-5977
Fax: (952) 746-5962
Ph: 1-888-364-5977
Fax: (218) 722-4184

  Program Description Patient Demographics
Outpatient Most clients at The Emily Program have an individual therapist and dietitian. Meeting anywhere from once every couple weeks to twice per week, outpatient offers flexibility so clients can continue with their everyday activities. Outpatient services can also include group therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, medical services, and/or psychiatric services. We see individuals of all ages and genders who struggle with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive over eating, OSFED, AFRID or related mental health and body image issues.
Intensive Outpatient Our Intensive Outpatient Program 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. Ideal for clients who require a more structured program to interrupt their symptom use.
Intensive Day Program 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, 6 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 long-distance clients. The Lodging option is available to adults 18+ in our intensive day/partial hospitalization programs in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Seattle, Spokane, or Cleveland. Ideal for people who need intensive treatment, support, and structure. The level of support and therapeutic involvement within the Intensive Day Program is meant to help individuals overcome obstacles to recovery, gain new and healthier coping skills, and achieve their individual treatment goals.
Group Therapy/Support Groups Groups meet to share common experiences to alleviate feelings of shame and isolation. The sharing of common experiences breaks these barriers and inspires self-understanding as each person learns to identify unhealthy patterns and develop healthy alternatives.  
Family Therapy Family therapy sessions explore and improve long-standing patterns of communication between family members. These sessions provide awareness of common issues and roles and help the individual with the eating disorder to recover. Affected family members also receive support.  
Lodging A non-therapeutic, home-like environment for clients ages 18+ to stay while participating in an intensive program. Lodging options are located near the St. Paul and St. Louis Park locations and offer comfortable, semi-private spaces for clients to reflect and develop life-skills learned in programming.  

The Emily Program Residential

  Program Description Patient Demographics
Residential – Medical monitoring/nursing care to evaluate and monitor medical status – Nutritional intervention and counseling to restore proper nutrition and accomplish weight restoration – Psychiatric evaluation of co-morbidities and consideration of medications in treatment – Psychotherapy in individual, group and family formats to help the individual reduce eating disorder symptoms and assist families in understanding how to help the individual recover – Holistic therapies to relieve anxiety, improve body image and address spiritual well-being – Experiential therapy to assist the individual in self-expression and in gaining assertiveness and symptom control while implementing what they have learned through community experiences including clothes shopping, grocery shopping and dining at restaurants – Education/Schooling to allow the individual to continue to proceed with their formal academic experience in conjunction with local schools through tutoring or onsite classroom experience Long or short term residential eating disorder treatment programs for males and females ages 10-70.

The Water’s Edge Counseling and Healing Center

1755 Southcross Dr. West Burnsville, MN 55306
Phone: (952) 898-5020

  Program Description Patient Demographics
Group Therapy/Support Groups Offers Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) therapy group oriented specifically for adolescents with eating disorders. Participants in this group will learn to apply DBT principles to help them to cope with the urges and emotions arising from and/or triggering eating disorder behaviors every Monday from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Participants will be asked to commit to attending the group regularly for 6 months This group involves the active learning and practice of behavioral skills geared to assist with coping with emotions, parental involvement is required. One parent per adolescent is expected to attend every group, so that (s)he can learn the skills and coach his/her adolescent in their use. This parental involvement has been found to be an essential piece for adolescents’ successful skill learning and use.

Park Nicollet Melrose Center

3525 Monterey Drive St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: (800) 862-7412 or (952) 993-6200

  Program Description Patient Demographics
Outpatient The outpatient program offers individually scheduled appointments with a licensed psychologist, registered dietitian, medical doctor or psychiatrist. Appointments are available Monday through Friday days and some evenings.  
Intensive Outpatient The intensive outpatient program offers support, education and supervised meals. Ideal for patients who are transitioning to a less-structured environment.
Partial Day Hospital The partial program is a hospital-based, outpatient program offering therapeutic activities, support and education eight hours a day, five days a week. Ideal for people who require nutritional and medical monitoring.
Inpatient The inpatient hospital program, located on the eighth floor of Methodist Hospital, offers 24-hour medical care and structured therapeutic activities. Intended for medically unstable patients.
Binge-Eating Disorder Program Phase 1: Weekly 3-hour sessions for 12 weeks. Phase 2: Weekly 3-hour sessions for eight weeks. Participants learn to manage stress, decrease episodes of binge eating, and help change their thinking about food, weight and self-esteem through what is called cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy combines two powerful tools – therapy that addresses how people think with how they react – to stop symptoms and get lives back on track. Phase I: Phase II: Optional and designed for those who need additional support and reinforcement of skills from Phase 1