Virtual IOP Programs led by highly trained eating disorder specialists.
Virtual Intensive Outpatient Programs
Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness is thrilled to announce the launch of a dedicated, fully virtual branch including three distinct intensive outpatient programs. Now, adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders can immediately access effective, evidence-based treatment from anywhere in the commonwealth of Virginia.
While traditional in-person treatment approaches remain powerful tools for recovery, growing evidence suggests that virtually delivered care is both convenient and impactful. Results from a 2021 study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Eating Disorders indicate that “patients experience significant improvements in ED symptoms during virtual treatment delivery.” A 2020 statistical review indicated that clients participating in virtual intensive outpatient programming for the treatment of eating disorders “showed significant and clinically meaningful improvements in all outcomes measured, including self-reported eating disorder symptoms, depression, self-esteem, quality of life, and overall satisfaction. VIOP appears feasible, acceptable, and evidence clinically meaningful changes in eating and mood disorder symptoms.”
Prosperity’s innovative, gender-inclusive programs seek to meet clients quite literally wherever they are, both in the recovery process and across the commonwealth. Our programs offer comprehensive, engaging care to address the complex challenges of recovery. Clients will gain tools to manage distress, challenge the beliefs that support their eating disorder, and enjoy the support of a caring community of professionals and peers. Clients are linked with a dedicated individual treatment team, consisting of both nutrition and therapy providers, who meet with you individually each week to monitor progress and collaborate with each client on their unique recovery path.
- Nutrition sessions focus on building a long-lasting, positive relationship with food. Prosperity subscribes to the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) approach and an All Foods Fit model.
- Group therapy sessions consist of evidence-based approaches and are hosted in a safe, peaceful, and encouraging environment. Our goal is to empower individuals to heal, thrive, and live their lives victoriously.
Our three current VIOP programs meet via Zoom three to four times throughout the week, for two hours of group therapy and one hour of meal support. Individual therapy and dietetic counseling is included weekly. Group sessions are designed to provide useful skills for challenging eating disorder thoughts and behaviors, and to provide a safe place for clients to explore their beliefs about themselves and their world.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) VIOP: We are proud to offer the very first specialized Binge Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program in Virginia! This is a gender-inclusive, adults-only, program that will be accessible to anyone in Virginia via Zoom. This program meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5-8pm, and Friday afternoon from 11am-2pm for two hours of group therapy and one hour of meal support. Programming includes intuitive eating meal supports, process groups, coping skills groups, dietetic groups. We are a non-diet facility that believes in Health At Every Size and is a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Our program is led by experts in binge eating treatment. Individual therapy and dietetic counseling is included weekly.
Adult VIOP: Effective and accessible treatment for college students, working parents, and any adult who may benefit from this alternative to traditional in-person intensive outpatient programs. Meets via Zoom on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 5-8pm, for two hours of group therapy and one hour of meal support. Group topics include DBT: Distress Tolerance and Emotion Regulation, Empowered Relationships, Body Image, Creative Expressions, Process and Goal Setting, and our nutrition information group, Body Bio. Individual therapy and dietetic counseling is included weekly.
Staff – Virtual Programs
Heather Baker, LCSW-S, CEDS-S
Executive Director, CEO
Heather Baker is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist that has been passionate and driven to help clients heal from their eating disorders for over 16 years. As the Founder of Prosperity in 2012, she ensures that everyone that comes to Prosperity receives the best possible care and believes that they can reach a full recovery. Heather opened a second location in Charlottesville, VA to bring a higher level of care to students at UVA and the surrounding area in 2016. In 2012 and 2014, Heather has spent 80 training hours under Pia Melody in the PIT Model for trauma with a specialty in inner-child work and has also completed advanced training under Daniel Merlis, LCSW in EMDR. Heather has been incorporating using EMDR with client’s with eating disorders to not only help with relief from traumatic memories but also to incorporate change in one’s negative beliefs about themselves that effects their body image, confidence and a sense of low self-worth.
Chelsea Hall, LCSW-S
Program Manager for Virtual Programs
Individual, Family and Group Counselor
Chelsea Hall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing individual, group, and family therapy services for Prosperity clients at the partial-hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels. Chelsea joined the team in April 2020, just as the program was adapting to a virtual platform in response to the pandemic (she promptly set off the security alarm when finally able to work within the facility for the first time). Prior to joining Prosperity, Chelsea served both adolescent and adult clients in several eating disorder residential treatment settings. In addition to eating disorders, she has experience providing care for trauma, neglect, and general mental health concerns at the outpatient level of care. While her approach with clients is founded on cognitive-behavioral theory, Chelsea incorporates elements of person-centered and family systems theories through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, art and narrative therapies, and other modalities. She highly values letting each client’s spirituality inform and shape their treatment, and enjoys working with people of all faiths and world views. Chelsea’s passion is for all people to recognize their inherent worth, and she is honored to witness this process unfold with clients and families. Chelsea graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Near Eastern Studies, and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University. She has a background in community organizing and advocacy, and was a founding officer in the anti-trafficking non-profit Southern Arizona Against Slavery. When not riding her marvelously rusty old bike to and from the office, Chelsea can likely be found at home with her husband, two sons, one perfectly adequate cat, and a dozen or so art projects in various stages of completion.