Eating Recovery Center Northbrook

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Eating Recovery Center Northbrook

A renowned program, ERC Northbrook offers full residential, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient treatment for adolescents and children with serious eating disorders.

Providing 36-beds on two floors for eating disorder patients of ALL genders, this center is overseen by a renowned team of highly experienced eating disorder experts, and focuses on evidence-based psychotherapy treatment and age-appropriate groups with emphasis on practicing newly learned skills.

Informed, inclusive, and with the expertise to treat any condition no matter how complex, our therapeutic and nature-themed environment hosts large windows to overlook the outdoor trees, and helps to light the path for patients towards interrupting maladaptive thoughts and behaviors to live a better and more fruitful life.

Location Details

Who we treat
Child and Adolescent
Level of Care
On-site Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
Conditions We Treat
Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Eating Disorders

Life at Eating Recovery Center Northbrook

The mental health crisis among our nation’s youth is no secret. The number of children and adolescents hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts has more than doubled since 2008. And, young people ages 15-24 with anorexia have 10 times the risk of dying compared to their same age peers.
Our treatment center in Northbrook, Illinois, provides comprehensive child and adolescent treatment to meet this growing need and help prevent the cycle of crisis intervention at hospitals and emergency rooms.

Accredited by the Joint Commission, ERC Illinois operates numerous treatment centers in the Chicago area including downtown Chicago, Northbrook, Evanston, Oak Park and Oak Brook.

They are also a teaching affiliate of Northwestern University Medical School and Rush University Medical School. Additionally, ERC, Illinois and the University of Chicago’s Eating Disorder Program, led by Daniel LeGrange, have teamed up to study new options for adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa who do not respond to current treatment protocols.

  • Travel


    For our out-of-town patients and families, we offer free Travel Concierge Services. Our Eating Recovery Center Concierge Services Representative is available to assist you with a wide variety of needs before and during treatment, including travel arrangements, booking accommodations and help locating local services, such as shopping, dining and much more.

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    Support for Families and Caregivers

    Our support for our patients and their families isn't limited to the treatment center. We provide resources, programming and support to the family members and caretakes whose loved ones are in treatment. This includes Family Days, our comprehensive family and caregiver educational programming, and free support groups for loved ones and support people of patients in treatment. 

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    Treatment Tailored to Children & Teens

    • Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient levels of care allow for seamless transition to different levels with  the same care team

    • 36 residential beds: 18 for mood, anxiety and trauma and 18 for eating disorder treatment, with flex beds

    • Individualized treatment for highly complex cases with multiple diagnoses and co-occurring conditions

    • Evidence-based psychotherapy treatment and age-appropriate groups with emphasis on practicing newly learned skills

    • Colorful, nature-themed décor provides inviting, healing environment

Paying for Treatment

Insurances accepted change frequently. If you do not see your insurance carrier here, please ask us. The Eating Recovery Center’s insurance and financial specialists will provide a free benefits check. Our team will work tirelessly on your behalf to make treatment possible.

Located in the Chicago area, Eating Recovery Center, Illinois specializes in Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient treatment for children, adolescents and adults struggling with an eating disorder or related conditions.

Also located in the Chicago area, Pathlight Behavioral Health Centers specializes in Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient treatment for children, adolescents and adults dealing with mood and anxiety disorders.

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Insurance Accepted


Humana LifeSynch

United Behavioral Health

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Land of Lincoln

University of Chicago student insurance


MultiPlan National

University of Illinois student health insurance


Northwestern University student insurance

Value Options

Levels of Care

  • Residential

    24-hour support for medically-stabilized patients.

  • Partial Hospitalization

    Daytime, onsite care with evenings offsite or at patient’s home.

  • Virtual Care

    Effective treatment in the comfort of your home.

  • Intensive Outpatient

    Outpatient care for 3 hours per day, 3-5 days per week.

Explore Our Chicago Locations

ERC has multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois to meet your eating disorders treatment needs.

Meet Our Team

  • Kim Effertz, MSW
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    Kim Effertz, MSW

    Regional Vice President
    Kim Effertz joined Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center in September 2021 as an Operating Vice President ...
  • Lara Kenik MS, RN
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    Lara Kenik MS, RN

    Regional Nursing Director
    Lara Kenik joined Eating Recovery Center/Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center (ERCPL) in August 2016 as a full-time overnight nurse ...
  • Heather M. Jones PhD, LP
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    Heather M. Jones PhD, LP

    Executive Director
    Heather M. Jones, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in Wisconsin who specialized in the consistent delivery of quality clinical ...
  • Delia Aldridge, MD, CEDS-S
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    Delia Aldridge, MD, FAPA, CEDS-S

    Medical Director
    Dr. Delia Aldridge is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with 20 years of experience in treating adults and adolescents with eating ...
  • Aisha Sanders, LCPC
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    Aisha Sanders, LCPC

    Clinical Director
    Aisha M Sanders, LCPC, is the clinical director at ERC Pathlight, Northbrook, IL. Aisha is a licensed clinical professional ...
  • Kelsey Estry, MS, RD, LDN
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    Kelsey Estry, MS, RD, LDN

    Regional Dietary Director
    Kelsey Estry, MS, RD, LDN, is a graduate of Michigan State University. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Loyola ...

Eating Recovery Center is accredited through the Joint Commission. This organization seeks to enhance the lives of the persons served in healthcare settings through a consultative accreditation process emphasizing quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.

Organizations that earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous performance standards to obtain this distinctive and internationally recognized accreditation. Learn more about this accreditation here.

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