Eating Recovery Center Bellevue

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Who we treat
Adult
Child and Adolescent
Level of Care
On-site Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
Residential
Conditions We Treat
Eating Disorders
Orthorexia
Anorexia Nervosa
ARFID
Atypical Anorexia
Bulimia Nervosa
Compulsive Overeating
Diabulimia
OSFED

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Highly Effective Eating Disorder Treatment near Seattle, WA

Eating Recovery Center (ERC) Bellevue is the largest eating disorder treatment center in Washington State. Located near an abundance of green spaces, ERC Bellevue offers personalized eating disorder treatment for adults, adolescents and children of all genders. With nearby housing options, ERC Bellevue provides a calm environment to light the way for patients and families towards recovery.

  • Trusted by over 20,000 patients and their families
  • 87% of former patients agreed that their experience at ERC was helpful
  • 91% of parents of former patients would recommend ERC to others in need of services
  • Specialized treatment designed  by a team of experienced clinicians
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Lighting Your Way to Recover from Eating Disorders

Take home a toolbox filled with new coping skills

Learn how to interrupt eating disorder thoughts and behaviors to create a life based on your values.

Explore new approaches to healing

Experience self-growth with individual and group therapy, nutritional counseling education, art, music and yoga.

Be your authentic self — without judgement

Find acceptance in supportive spaces that respect diversity and cultural differences.

Get State-of-the-Art Medical Care

Housed in the Overlake Medical Center, ERC Bellevue provides rapid access to acute care in emergency medical scenarios. One of the few treatment centers that provides supplemental tube feeding in residential care (if medically necessary), find comfort with experienced eating disorder treatment professionals:

  • Primary care physicians on-site 5 days a week
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • Easy access to hundreds of compassionate physicians

We also work closely with Seattle Children’s Hospital to support admissions and referrals for our younger patients.

"Our mission is to take the very best care of our patients. Every day we work toward this goal: to take the very best care of individuals with eating disorders."

Martha Stanojevich, LCSW, Clinical Director

Who We Treat

Conditions We Treat

  • Eating Disorders

    An eating disorder is a treatable mental illness that includes a number of different symptoms, including extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.

  • Anorexia

    Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight.

  • Atypical Anorexia

    You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them. See how atypical anorexia affects people in a variety of body shapes and sizes.

  • ARFID

    ARFID is a lesser known eating disorder that frequently begins as early as infancy or childhood, but adults can also suffer.

  • Binge Eating Disorder

    Binge eating disorder is characterized by frequent overeating – at least once a week for three months – combined with a lack of control, intense feelings of distress and several other characteristic behaviors.

  • Bulimia

    Bulimia is characterized by patterns of bingeing and purging.

  • Compulsive Overeating

    Compulsive overeating can involve binge eating and weight gain, but it can also involve other behaviors.

  • Diabulimia

    The term diabulimia is used to describe the diagnosis of an eating disorder in an individual with type 1 diabetes. These patients intentionally misuse insulin for weight control.

  • OSFED

    Some eating disorders do not meet all of the diagnostic criteria for specific diagnoses like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

  • Orthorexia

    Some people go to extremes to “eat clean” at all times. This may lead to a disordered eating pattern known as orthorexia.

Levels of Care Offered

  • Inpatient

    Our Inpatient programming is designed to support adults, children and adolescents of all genders who are acutely ill and are experiencing medical and mood instability as a result of their eating disorder.

  • Residential

    Within ERC Pathlight's step-down model of care, the Residential eating disorder treatment program as well as the Residential mood & anxiety treatment program offer medically stable patients a highly-structured and supportive 24-hour treatment environment.

  • Partial Hospitalization

    Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers some of the same intensity and structure of Residential mood, anxiety, and eating disorder treatment while providing additional opportunities to practice recovery outside of the controlled eating disorder treatment environment during evenings at home or in peer-supported apartment communities.

  • On-Site Intensive Outpatient Treatment

    Our Intensive Outpatient program is a flexible mood, anxiety, and eating disorder treatment program that allows patients to work, go to school, or care for children during the day and sleep at home at night.

  • Virtual Intensive Outpatient - Eating Recovery At Home

    ERC is removing the barriers that can keep patients with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders from receiving treatment. Through telebehavioral health programming, Eating Recovery At Home (our virtual Intensive Outpatient Program) offers the same proven care as our in-person treatment centers. 

Get the right support at the right time

At ERC Bellevue, you’ll work with the same highly experienced therapist and psychiatrist in our residential and partial hospitalization program (PHP) programs. These individuals will be by your side when you step down to an intensive outpatient program or outpatient care. Find your way to recovery with help from your:

  • Primary therapist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Primary care physician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Nursing staff

Find long-lasting recovery in our 7-day PHP

Research shows that eating disorder patients in 5-day (weekday-only) programming struggle with eating disorder behaviors over the weekend. Since eating disorders don’t take the weekend off, we don’t either. We provide programming 7 days a week for individuals in residential and PHP levels of care, because it offers you the best chance of recovery.

Nutrition Services

Our Nutrition Approach

Eating disorders are uniquely challenging since you can’t recover from an eating disorder without food. ERC Bellevue provides a teaching kitchen and regular lunch outings to expose you or your loved one to new foods and a chance to practice new skills. Patients find our nutrition education groups both interesting and informative. Most importantly, our supportive nutrition and structured meal planning can help you find peace with food – with a focus on balance, variety and flexibility.

Based on extensive training and experience, the clinical team at ERC Bellevue is also well-versed in the treatment of binge eating disorder. All staff are highly equipped to understand this condition’s specific and sometimes nuanced nutritional needs, body image experiences and different exposure work.

Traveling for care? We can help

Most patients seeking care at ERC Bellevue travel from out of state for treatment. We strongly believe that transportation issues should not prevent you or your loved one from finding quality care. Our team does everything we can to remove all barriers to treatment. For out-of-town patients and their caregivers, we offer free nationwide travel concierge services and can assist with a range of needs before and during treatment, including:

  • Uber vouchers or travel assistance to help you get to and from treatment
  • Housing assistance
  • Help with local services including shopping, dining and more
  • Flight and other transportation recommendations

Housing assistance provided

Wondering where to stay during treatment? ERC apartment housing is just down the street from Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square shopping.

  • We can help you and your loved ones find housing options nearby, with off-site apartments available for patients in our PHP day program.
  • We can also provide housing near the treatment center for caregivers of our younger patients.

Patients focus on treatment during the day and return to apartments at night to practice and integrate new skills. When staying at our apartments, we provide transportation assistance to and from treatment. We can also help with Uber vouchers for the grocery store, outpatient appointments and more.

Effective care for children and teens

Learn new skills in family-based treatment

Eating disorders affect the entire family network. Family involvement in treatment is essential and can be lifesaving.

  • Our child and adolescent treatment program is informed by family-based treatment (FBT) and emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT), gold standards for eating disorder treatment for young people. 
  • Caregivers can enjoy on-site visits with younger patients in our residential program. 
  • Apartments conveniently located near the center offer families the necessary accommodation and resources so they can stay close to their loved one while they are engaged in PHP.

Find ongoing support for the entire family

We make sure that each caregiver is equipped and empowered to support their loved one once they return home. Caregivers are deeply involved in treatment in a number of ways:

Stay up-to-date with school

Keeping up with schoolwork is an understandable concern for young patients and their caregivers. Our primary focus will be on eating disorder recovery, and we do everything we can to help young patients stay on top of school assignments while in treatment. With designated time for schoolwork in our residential and PHP levels of care, ERC Bellevue has two education specialists on staff: one certified teacher and one tutor. These professionals communicate regularly with schools and can support 504 and IEP plans. Our compassionate team members continuously work together to prevent disruption to your child’s education.

Just one phone call to get started

Reaching out for help is an important and brave first step. Give us a call and our compassionate admissions team is here to walk you through the entire process with care and support. Got a question?

No referral is ever needed for you to access the treatment you need and deserve.

Let us help you with insurance

When facing a life-threatening eating disorder, you shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for treatment. Our experienced team does everything we can to simplify and streamline the insurance and payment process for you.

Get matched with the exact support you need.

With one conversation, our mental health professionals will help you better understand what you’re going through and what you need.

We will meet you where you are, listen to your story in a therapeutic setting, and match you with the level of support that meets your struggle.

Covered by Most Commercial Insurance Plans

  • cofinity
  • compsych
  • magellan health
  • moda
  • multiplan
  • phcs
  • rocky mountain health plans
  • ascension seton
  • value options

Our patient access team is here to advocate for you. We can help you address financial challenges and work with you to get you the maximum coverage offered by your plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where are you located?

    Find us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just a 20-minute drive east of Seattle and a three-hour drive north of Portland, Oregon. We are located in the growing city of Bellevue, just a few miles from Microsoft headquarters, down the street from the Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square shopping centers, and across the street from Overlake Medical Center.

  • Are visitors allowed?

    Yes, we have regular visiting hours for medically stable patients. Caregivers are able to easily set up visits to see their loved ones in our child and adolescent program.

  • Are patients allowed to go outside?

    Yes, we offer daily fresh air breaks for patients to go outside, pending safety protocols.

  • How long does treatment last?

    The length of time in treatment varies for each patient. We encourage you to follow the clinical team’s recommendations: their ultimate goal is to support long-lasting recovery and ensure optimal outcomes.

  • Will I have a roommate in treatment?

    You or your loved one may have a roommate while in treatment. If you have further questions, please give us a call and we can walk you through housing / rooming accommodations.

  • What type of aftercare support do you offer?

    Our community outreach team will check in on you after you discharge from treatment. You will receive follow-up emails and phone calls at regular intervals. We also encourage you to stay involved in our recovery-focused programs and events. View alumni resources below:

Expert Care for Eating Disorders near Seattle, WA

Meet the leadership team at Eating Recovery Center Bellevue.

  • Elizabeth Wassenaar, MS, MD, CEDS
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    Elizabeth Wassenaar

    Regional Medical Director
    Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar is the Regional Medical Director for the Mountain and West regions at Eating Recovery Center and ...
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  • Amy Richards, RN, BSN
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    Amy Richards

    Regional Nursing Director
    Amy joined Eating Recovery Center / Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center in February 2014 as Illinois opened its first residential ...
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  • Robert McFerren, LCSW
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    Robert McFerren

    Executive Director
    Robert McFerren graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at ...
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  • Jessica Barth Nesbitt, MA, RD, LD, CEDRD
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    Jessica Barth-Nesbitt

    Regional Nutrition Director
    Jessica is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian. Jessica has experience in working with individuals with eating ...
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  • megan riddle
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    Megan Riddle

    Medical Director
    Megan Riddle, MS MD PhD, is board-certified in both adult psychiatry and consult liaison psychiatry. She attended Western ...
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  • Adam Marion
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    Adam Marion

    Regional Vice President
    Adam is a Licensed Clinical Social who has worked with child, adolescent, and adult populations across the country in various ...
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  • Heather VanHooser
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    Heather VanHooser

    Chief Nursing Officer
    Heather joined ERC Pathlight as Chief Nursing Officer in 2023. She holds three bachelor’s degrees, a MBA, and a Master’s in ...
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Find Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment in Washington State

Looking for a more flexible option? ERC offers virtual eating disorder treatment to individuals throughout the entire state of Washington through our Eating Recovery At Home program. Individuals in all cities and towns across Washington, including the cities listed below, are eligible to participate in Eating Recovery At Home.

  • Seattle
  • Spokane
  • Tacoma
  • Vancouver
  • Bellevue
  • Kent
  • Everett
  • Spokane Valley
  • Renton
  • Federal Way
  • Yakima
  • Bellingham
  • Kirkland
  • Auburn
  • Kennewick

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