Mental Note

52- What is Virtual Treatment Really Like?

By Ellie Pike, MA, LPC & Mackenzie Carmichael

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At the beginning of 2020 Mackenzie Carmichael flew to Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado determined to finally overcome a persistent eating disorder. The plan was to slowly step down from residential treatment to an outpatient program where she would commute to therapy and meals several times a week as her healing progressed.

However, the growing pandemic soon placed extra restrictions on that traditional outpatient model. So, her treatment team pivoted and instead recommended attending ERC & Pathlight’s Virtual Intensive Out Patient Program (VIOP).

On today’s episode, we’ll explore Mackenzie’s experience doing treatment from her family’s home and discover how VIOP impacted her recovery. We’ll also speak with Brandi Stalzer, Director of Eating Recovery Center’s virtual treatment program to better understand what goes into the patient experience.

Presented by

Ellie Pike, MA, LPC

Ellie Pike is the Sr. Manager of Alumni/Family/Community Outreach at ERC & Pathlight Behavioral Health Centers. Over the years, she creatively combined her passions for clinical work with…
Presented by

Mackenzie Carmichael

Mackenzie Carmichael is currently a Brand Supervisor at TRG, the largest independently-owned branding and full-service advertising agency in the country. Mackenzie graduated from Texas Christian…

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