Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment

Here at Walden, we are proud to offer eating disorder treatment now on a virtual platform. Just because we must keep our physical distance does not mean you cannot continue to get the eating disorder treatment and support you need, especially during this stressful time. This means treatment now comes to you – accessible via your laptop, smartphone, or other in-home technology.

This is new territory for all of us. Although virtual eating disorder programs are not the same as in-person care, they allow for connectivity at a time when we all need it. These programs, like our in-person programs, have been designed to help people develop or maintain their personal recovery goals.

Whether it is your first time seeking support or you are noticing signs of a relapse, connect with us today to learn more about our virtual options and how we can meet your needs.

Virtual Programs Offered

Our promise for our virtual eating disorder treatment programs:

  • Flexible options to meet your schedule and needs
  • Individual meetings with your care team as well as group support
  • Meal coaching and support
  • Secure, encrypted software ensures all sessions are HIPAA compliant
  • Walden is Joint Commissions Accredited

“At a time where uncertainties and unknowns abound, I am especially appreciative of Walden’s ongoing support- thank you all!”

Frequently Asked Questions

What do virtual eating disorder treatment programs look like?

  • They look a lot like our in-person programs! You will still meet with your providers individually, participate in groups like DBT/CBT/process, and have coached meals. Everyone is on the same platform to encourage sharing in a secure, supportive environment. We offer programs at multiple times, Monday-Friday, based on the level of care you need.

What kind of groups do you have in your virtual programs?

  • Our number one goal is to foster connectivity. DBT and CBT skills continue to be central topics in our groups online, just as they are in person. But we also recognize the need to be creative and will be continuing to roll out new group topics and elements. Check out our Adult Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment and Adolescent Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment pages to learn about additional groups available to clients currently enrolled in our programs AND their families.

Do you still offer family-based eating disorder treatment?

  • YES! Our adolescent intensive outpatient programs follow the Family-Based Treatment model (FBT). This means we have groups for parents and adolescents, and multi-family meals have just become multi-family meals on screens.

Will insurance cover virtual eating disorder treatment?

  • Many insurance companies are covering virtual treatment programs. For more information about insurance coverage for virtual programs, click here. We are always happy to discuss your individual plan and coverage. Give us a call or fill out the form below to get in touch.

What if I need residential or inpatient eating disorder treatment?

Our virtual leadership team

Providing quality client-centered care is the number one priority of our teams. Led by Rebekah Bardwell, LPC, CEDS-S, Emily Slager, LMHC, and Kris Shock, MS, CAC, our programs have been carefully designed and are being updated continuously based on outcomes data and client feedback.

Rebekah Bardwell, LPC, CEDS-S
Assistant Vice President, Clinical Operations, Connecticut Region

There is a ‘realness’ to Rebekah that is really refreshing. She is warm, creative, smart, and always makes time to help her colleagues grow and better themselves. Bekah is a fearless and passionate member of our leadership team. With over 20 years of eating disorder treatment experience in all levels of care, she brings a broad range of knowledge and understanding to our teams and our programs. She is an innovator by nature and continually working with colleagues to create content that resonates with patients and families. Currently, she co-leads our ambulatory programs (virtual and in-person) for New England.

Under her direction, our Connecticut and Western Massachusetts clinics have developed and implemented various specialized treatment tracks including on topics such as trauma, substance use, and bariatric. And if we think Bekah juggles a lot working at Walden, that’s nothing compared to her role as mom and competitive kickball player! Bekah was part of the Las Vegas World Championship Kickball competition. A lover of manatees, she finds them ideal swimming partners and even adopted one as a member of the Save the Manatee Club.

Emily Slager, LMHC
Assistant Vice President, Clinical Operations – Massachusetts Region

In Emily’s 12+ years as a member of Team Walden, she has become a valued and trusted constant both as a clinical leader and an administrative powerhouse. If you are in need of clinically-sound advice for a particularly challenging case, ask Emily. Looking for an obscure document from 8 years ago? Emily will know exactly where it is. Need support? Coverage? A specialty referral? Emily’s your person. Each day, she balances 18 plates on her finger with ease. Emily co-leads our ambulatory programs (virtual and in-person) for New England.

Emily has also been instrumental in the development and maintenance of the GOALS program and continues to be innovative and flexible in creating programs that meet the needs of our ever-evolving patient population. She is always willing to volunteer her ‘extra’ time to serve on committees that need her expertise like the training committee and the LGBTQ+ task force. As if she wasn’t busy enough at work, Emily is also a mom to twin girls with lots of personality! When she’s not having tea parties or chasing them around, Emily enjoys running, reading, and watching college football.

Kris Shock, NCC, CACII
Program Director – Georgia Region

Kris has worked in the eating disorder field for more than 15 years in varying roles including outreach, non-profit and prevention. Kris is the ultimate team player who passionately practices the principles of servant leadership. One of her clinical passions is the ethical and responsible integration of substance use and eating disorder treatment.

Kris serves as our Georgia leader, overseeing our in-person and virtual ambulatory programs as well as our residential program in Dunwoody, GA. Kris runs at a different pace and can accomplish more in one day than many folks accomplish in a week. Her can-do, positive approach is refreshing and appreciated by all who know her.