Eating Recovery Center Virginia - Virtual Programs

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Eating Recovery Center Virginia - Virtual Programs

Eating Recovery Center offers a comprehensive Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (Virtual IOP) for patients living in Virginia. This program is an ideal choice for anyone who needs additional outpatient support, a more flexible and convenient treatment option, is reluctant to receive treatment in-person or is ready to step down from Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) treatment.

Our Virtual IOP offers the same trusted level of care available at our in-person centers of excellence. With low therapist-to-patient ratios, our virtual programs provide clinically rigorous and evidence-based practices to deliver virtual treatment designed to facilitate recovery from the comfort of home.

Our licensed multidisciplinary team members use a proven, evidence-based curriculum to treat eating disorders in children, teens and adults—and have had extensive training in telebehavioral health ethics and service delivery to provide effective, ethical treatment and group collaboration in a virtual setting.

Please note: Adult virtual intensive outpatient treatment for binge eating disorder and child and adolescent virtual intensive outpatient treatment for eating disorders are not available in this state at this time. Please inquire for more details and upcoming program offerings.

Location Details

Virginia (Virtual Programming)
Who we treat
Level of Care
Virtual Treatment
Conditions We Treat
Eating Disorders

Our Virtual Treatment: As Effective as Face-to-Face

As with in-person treatment, our Virtual IOP patients work with specialized experts and renowned clinicians in the field of eating disorders, seeing the same treatment team throughout their program. We know our treatment works—and we’ve published peer-reviewed research that proves it.

Positive Self-Reported Outcomes*

  • 100% felt connected to facilitators and group members
  • 97% feel treatment has increased their chances of improving their health
  • 98% agreed that staff created a recovery focused environment

*2017-2018 Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Behavioral Health Centers Virtual Intensive Outpatient Research Outcomes Study.

Convenient Support for Long-Lasting Recovery

Whether you’re at home, in a dorm room or participating from another private location, you can access specialized, guided eating disorder treatment with just a computer and an internet connection.

  • Led by our team of licensed, renowned professionals with extensive training in telebehavioral health ethics and delivery
  • Collaborative care teams including a therapist, psychiatrist and dietitian provide virtual online therapy and treatment
  • Small group therapy sessions allow patients to connect with peers and practice their skills in a supportive setting
  • Family and alumni support offered throughout the program empowers families, friends and support systems to better support their loved ones
  • At home medical monitoring kit with ClearStep numberless scales sent directly to you. Your team will send you a scale and blood pressure cuff to use for the duration of your admission for a convenient and effective way to obtain blind weights and vitals


A female patient in a virtual treatment program

Paying for Telehealth Treatment

We work with insurance providers to secure coverage for virtual services and will not bill patients in the unlikely event that their insurer does not agree to pay for services.



In-Network Providers

  • Aetna: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Anthem Colorado / California: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Anthem Ohio: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield CBA South Carolina: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Beacon: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Carefirst Maryland: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Cigna: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Compsych Texas: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Humana: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Kaiser California: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Kaiser Washington: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Magellan: Covering Virtual IOP
  • MHN: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Moda Washington: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Optum: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Premera Washington: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield Washington: Covering Virtual IOP
  • United Healthcare: Covering Virtual IOP

Program Elements

Individual & Group Therapy

  • Patients learn emotion-regulation skills and adaptive coping techniques during one weekly individual or family therapy session.
  • Patients attend three, 3-hour groups weekly, including a therapy group, nutrition group and meal support group.
  • For child and adolescent patients, a parent/guardian is required to be available during the group and individual sessions. A parent/guardian is also required to be present at meal support group to learn how to assist.

Nutrition & Meal Guidance

  • Patients receive education and help establishing structure and interrupting disordered behaviors during one weekly session with a registered dietitian.
  • Patients use the Recovery Record app to log food and beverage intake as well as track thoughts and mood . Treatment team members bring this information into both group and individual settings to create targeted interventions. For child and adolescent patients, parents use Recovery Record to log their child’s meals, snacks, beverages and observations about their child’s mood states.

We Are Your Partner in Care

Eating Recovery Center has been removing treatment barriers since 2016. As pioneers in telebehavioral health, we were the first in our field to offer virtual care. Today, we are the leading provider of virtual treatment at higher levels of care, offering the most comprehensive virtual programming across 21 states. We have seen over 6,000 virtual patients and counting.

Clinical Expertise in Telebehavioral Health

Chief Telehealth Officer Juhie Parnami brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare strategy, operations and product development, with an intense focus on building services to help chronically ill and complex care patients. As Director of Collegiate and Telebehavioral Health Initiatives, Dr. Casey Tallent has pioneered and advocated for telehealth options in behavioral health across the nation: authoring, publishing and presenting on virtual treatment.

The VIOP care team is led by Dr. Deborah Michel, a clinical psychologist who has devoted her 30-year career to the treatment of behavioral health conditions. Dr. Michel has developed numerous clinical programs and is committed to best care practices with evidence-based treatment for patients, families and support systems.

  • Juhie Parnami
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    Juhie Parnami

    Chief Telehealth Officer
    Juhie joins ERC Pathlight as a seasoned executive with over 25 years in health care strategy, operations, and product ...
  • casey tallent
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    Casey Tallent, PhD

    Director of Collegiate and Telebehavioral Health Initiatives
    Casey N. Tallent, PhD is the Director of Collegiate & Telebehavioral Health Initiatives for ERC and Pathlight Mood and Anxiety ...
  • Deborah M. Michel, PhD, CEDS-S, FAED
    Deborah M. Michel, PhD, CEDS-S, FAED Link

    Deborah M. Michel, PhD, CEDS-S, FAED

    National Clinical Director of Virtual Care
    Dr. Michel is a licensed clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders and related ...
  • Kristie Simmons, MS, RD, CEDRD-S
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    Kristie Simmons, MS, RD, CEDRD-S

    Nutrition Director of Virtual Services
    Kristie Simmons is the Nutrition Director of Virtual Services at Eating Recovery Center. She started her career with ERC in ...
  • Llyndsey Gregory, LCSW
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    Llyndsey Gregory, LCSW

    Clinical Director of Virtual Adult Services
    Llyndsey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been with Eating Recovery Center since 2010. In her decade long tenure ...
  • Kaila Peak-Rishel
    Kaila Peak-Rishel, LCSW, LMFT, CEDS-S Link

    Kaila Peak-Rishel, LCSW, LMFT, CEDS-S

    Clinical Director of Virtual Child and Adolescents Services
    Kaila Peak-Rishel is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist, and a Certified Eating Disorder ...

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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