WHAT IS COPE™?

The Comprehensive Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders (COPE™) at Atlanta Center for Wellness (AC4W) is an intermediate level of care that combines evidence-based therapies with integrative services for the holistic treatment of eating disorders, on an outpatient basis.

COPE is comprised of a comprehensive menu of therapeutic services, including meal groups and individualized supports.

Individual, family, Family-Based Treatment (FBT) coaching, nutrition, medical oversight, and psychiatry appointments are available through AC4W, unless you already have an established outpatient team in place, in which case we will collaborate with your assigned team. If providers are seen at AC4W, the frequency of meetings and fees are determined by each clinician (see clinician bios).

WHO BENEFITS?

  • Individuals needing additional support than offered by traditional outpatient care
  • Individuals trying to prevent a higher level of care
  • Individuals participating in Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Individuals stepping down from a higher level of care
  • Individuals new to the therapeutic process
  • Individuals in a stage of discernment about treatment options

HOW IT WORKS

The program is an “à la carte” system of treatment, whereby individuals can choose from a variety of group modalities and customize frequency to best support their stabilization and recovery from eating disorder symptoms. The individual may choose anywhere between one and all of the groups throughout any given week, thus receiving treatment that meets their needs, schedule, and/or financial situation. The program offerings will vary as needs in the community and population change.

WHEN?

COPE is currently offered Monday through Friday of every week.

Therapeutic Groups

Led by experienced, fully licensed eating disorder therapists, therapeutic groups are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Therapeutic groups may include: Body Acceptance, Mindfulness, Skills Groups (DBT, CBT, ACT, Triangle Theory), Process Groups and Experiential Groups.

Meal Support Groups

Led by either a licensed therapist or a masters-level registered dietitian, meal support groups (dinner) are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Free Groups

COPE offers two eating disorder support groups at no cost: ANAD, held on Wednesdays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.); and FED (Family & Friends of those with Eating Disorders), held virtually via Zoom on Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. ANAD and FED are free wraparound services for those seeking recovery and support.

Additional Services

Individual, family, nutrition, psychiatry and medical appointments are scheduled as needed.

WHERE?

All groups are held in person at:

Atlanta Center for Wellness
6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Suite 450
Atlanta, GA 30328

Our newly renovated COPE wing features a large kitchen; a cozy dining room setting for meal support groups and family meals; a nutrition-consult room; therapy rooms; and a large group meeting room overlooking beautiful treetops. We also have a medical clinic for pediatrician appointments. Individual and family meetings are held in person, with the flexibility of being able to provide online support if and when needed. Our FED group and FBT parent-coaching groups are currently held virtually via Zoom.

HOW MUCH?

All therapeutic and meal support groups are priced at $75 per group.

ANAD and FED are offered at no cost.

A Family-Based Treatment (FBT) group is available for parents at different times throughout the year. Prices vary for the FBT group depending on how many family members sign up. All other services vary in cost.

PRICING STRUCTURE

We require a one-month financial commitment paid before the first group of the month for any group you/your loved one attends. You choose the groups. This affords the flexibility of creating your own schedule. The commitment allows us to plan groups, ensure attendance for other group attendees and leaders, and encourages planning and commitment to the recovery process.

For example, if you choose to attend our Body Mindfulness Group on Mondays – and there are four Mondays in the month – you will pay $300 ($75 x 4) prior to the first Monday of that month.

If you attend both the Body Mindfulness Group and Meal Group on Mondays, you will pay $600 ($150 x 4), and if you attend all three therapy groups without the meal group, you will pay $900 ($225 x 4), provided there are four weeks in the month. The full program in a four-week month would cost approximately $1,800 per month.

If you join in the middle of the month, you will pay for the remainder of that month. For example, if you sign up on the 15th of the month, you will pay for the remaining two weeks.

If you are new to the world of eating disorder treatment, you can schedule a 90-minute intake appointment with a licensed professional to help you navigate options to suit your needs.

*Please refer to this web page for the most up-to-date schedule and offerings.

 

To register for COPE, please fill out the Patient Portal form at the bottom of this page. Our administrator, Kim Frey, will contact you for a brief intake assessment, as well as assist with further registration.
Please email ac4wbilling@gmail.com or call 404-343-4162 with any questions or concerns.

The full COPE program may include:

  • 8.5 hours of groups each week
  • 1-2: 50-minute session(s) of individual therapy, and one (1) family therapy session each week
  • 1-2: 30- to 60-minute nutrition therapy session(s), with numerous meal support opportunities each week
  • Medical oversight by a board-certified, licensed eating-disorder-specialty pediatrician (through age 21)
  • Medication evaluation and management with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in eating disorders
  • FBT-Informed Parent-Focused Therapy Group for Parents of Children with Restrictive Eating Disorders
  • ANAD – Free support group (no group fee)
  • FED – Free parent support group (no group fee)

WEEKLY CALENDAR


Monday


Tuesday

4:15-5:15pm: Multi-Skills Group
5:15-6:15pm: Meal Group

Wednesday

6:15-7:15pm: ANAD (FREE Support Group)

Thursday


Friday

12:30-2pm: FED
(FREE Support Group for Loved Ones)

MEET OUR TEAM


Administrative Staff

KIM FREY
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR & ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Kim Frey has over 30 years of administrative and billing experience in the mental health field, and has worked with various members of Atlanta Center for Wellness for decades. She conducts the initial intake assessments for COPE (Comprehensive Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders); manages the patient portal system; and oversees all billing and administrative responsibilities. Kim serves as a liaison between clients, family members and COPE's clinical staff. To contact Kim, please email ac4wbilling@gmail.com or call 404-343-4162.

Clinical Staff

CHRISTINE ENGSTROM
MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD-S
EPHRAT L. LIPTON
ACSW, LCSW, BCD, CEDS
VERONICA HUTTMAN
MS, LPC, NCC, CRC
RACHEL FITZGERALD
LPC, CEDS, NCC
ASHLEY ZIMMERMAN
LPC, NCC
GILA HERMAN
MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
CARRIE POLINE
DO, FAPA, CEDS
CELIA WEBB
MS, LPC
ARMANN FENGER
LPC, NCC, MS
ALISON BRODERICK
NCRC-II, CPS-AD

PATIENT PORTAL

To register and create a patient account, please sign up here:

    MAILING LIST

    For more information about COPE™ at AC4W, please sign up here: