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Family-Based Therapy

Family Based Therapy (FBT) is an outpatient treatment focused on mobilizing parents as a primary resource in treating children and adolescents with eating disorders. In this video, Melrose Center clinicians, Dr. Marcus Westerman, and Kelly Senesac, LMFT, explain FBT in detail, in addition to hearing from a family.

Family (parents, spouse, siblings) will often be included in therapy sessions and are very involved. Family also has the opportunity to join the cafeteria experiences and family meals. We also know family and friends may need additional support of their own. We offer a living recovery group monthly, an extensive list of books and websites, and a family resource center on the first floor.

For those with a loved one in our intensive residential or residential program, visiting hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Our objective is to give families the tools to raise their confidence and skills in dealing with their child's eating disorder. This is also an opportunity to gain support from other families with children of similar ages, in similar circumstances.

Family day

Family day

If you currently have a child, or adolescent family member in our program, we encourage you to participate in Melrose Center Family Day. This single, full-day experience is designed to give families the tools to raise their confidence and skills in dealing with their child's eating disorder. This is also an opportunity to gain support from other parents with their child on the journey to recovery.


Full-day sessions offered throughout the year:

  • January 16, 2017
  • February 20, 2017
  • March 27, 2017
  • June 19, 2017
  • July 17, 2017
  • August 21, 2017
  • October 19, 2017
  • November 20, 2017


Melrose Center
3525 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN

How to participate

Please contact your care manager or a member of your care team if you would like to participate in the Family Day Program.

Family learning series

Family learning series

Family Learning Series provides in-depth learning in a supportive environment. Parents and their child or adolescent who is receiving care at Melrose, attend a two-hour session together, once a week for four weeks at a time. Families participate in both Creating Family Unity and Creating Family Resilience to develop foundational skills in supporting the healing process and explore deeper concepts designed for family growth.

Eating disorders impact the entire family. Gain confidence in supporting your child and feel supported by other families experiencing the same things.


Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. for four weeks (sessions below)

Creating Family Unity Creating Family Resilience
  • Jan 26
  • Feb 2
  • Feb 9
  • Feb 16
  • Mar 2
  • Mar 9
  • Mar 16
  • Mar 23
  • Apr 6
  • Apr 13
  • Apr 20
  • Apr 27
  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • May 25
  • Jun 1
  • Jun 8
  • Jun 15
  • Jun 22
  • Jun 29
  • Jul 6
  • Jul 13
  • Jul 20
  • Jul 27
  • Aug 3
  • Aug 10
  • Aug 17
  • Aug 31
  • Sep 7
  • Sep 14
  • Sep 21
  • Oct 26
  • Nov 2
  • Nov 9
  • Nov 16
  • Nov 30
  • Dec 7
  • Dec 14
  • Dec 21


Melrose Center
3525 Monterey Dr.
St. Louis Park, MN


Talk to your therapist or care manager to register.

*Siblings will be included in special sessions.

Parent and Partner support group

Parent and Partner support group

Eating disorders affect the entire family. Melrose offers a weekly group for parents and partners seeking support for their child or partner diagnosed with an eating disorder.

This group is a safe and confidential place where parents and partners can feel understood, supported and educated while going through this difficult and stressful period.

The group is facilitated by Sarah McClaren, LMFT.


  • Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Melrose Center
Conference Room 1A
3525 Monterey Dr.
St. Louis Park, MN