Eating Recovery and Pathlight At Home Named Best Online Therapy Services of 2022 and 2023

By Sarenka Smith

Recent years have shown a rising need for behavioral health treatment across the country, combined with persistent challenges in access to care. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced this need, with a 2020 study confirming that telehealth visits comprised a third of total visits to behavioral health specialists. We know that virtual care works and is here to stay – with people accessing virtual programs 38x more than before the pandemic. Overall, online psychiatry services now fill an immediate need for convenient, accessible and affordable support.

“Virtual care provides the same high-quality, evidence-based treatment designed to help patients make significant therapeutic progress not possible in outpatient treatment services from the safety and convenience of their home.”

– Anne Marie O’Melia, MS, MD, FAAP Chief Medical Officer of Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center and Eating Recovery Center

Our leading virtual intensive outpatient programs (IOP) were recently recognized by top publications Health, Verywell Mind and Verywell Family, Parents and People magazine as filling the “much-needed gap between inpatient treatment and casual once or twice-a-week therapy.” as filling the “much-needed gap between inpatient treatment and casual once or twice-a-week therapy.”

Since 2016, our expert clinical team has been delivering virtual care with the same proven outcomes as our renowned in-person eating disorder treatment programs. Eating Recovery and Pathlight At Home are the leading virtual IOP for both eating disorders and mood and anxiety conditions. Proven as effective as in-person treatment, our online group therapy-based programs help you take recovery home, expand access to care, and build ongoing connection and intensive support. Our team’s focus? To help our patients navigate life’s stressors and build resilience in everyday life.

Verywell Mind

In reviewing 55 companies, Verywell Mind named Eating Recovery At Home as the best overall online eating disorder therapy of 2023. Surveying 105 users from each company, analyzing 350 data points, and evaluating results with a team of therapists, the panel noted that Eating Recovery Center “has the capability to support people at different stages in their recovery journey.” Moreover, its virtual intensive outpatient program is covered by most insurance plans, enabling more people to access critical care for eating disorders. The review also cited the multidisciplinary team of clinical psychologists, physicians, therapists, and registered dietitians to support comprehensive recovery needs.

Detailing the thorough virtual options that enable clients to participate in recovery from the comfort and convenience of home, expert clinical review boards from additional publications Health and Verywell Family – cited that our programs offer:

  • Coverage in-network with most commercial insurance plans
  • Positive overall treatment experience based on detailed patient surveys
  • Comprehensive, customized care plans with various types of evidence-based modalities  
  • Strong clinical provider qualifications and master’s-level clinicians at every level of care
  • A robust offering of resources including blogs, a podcast, and an array of community support groups


A health and wellness publication reaching over 120 million people annually, Health’s industry experts independently researched, tested, reviewed, and recommended the program based on its “comprehensive virtual care” including a full team of therapists and registered dietitians. The board assessed 55 online therapy companies, surveying 25 directories and 180 users to rigorously test each service. Using that data, as well as in-depth research into each company’s offerings, they concluded that the program enables patients to stay in school and/or work while still receiving quality clinical care from the comfort of home. Almost 80% of users gave the program high user ratings, in addition to high ratings for provider qualifications.

“Eating Recovery At Home isn’t a therapy service like the other ones on this list. Instead, it’s a virtual intensive outpatient program that provides the high level of care often needed to address eating disorders online. This way, patients can stay in school and/or work and access care even if they live far from an eating disorder treatment center.” – Health

Verywell Family

Award-winning resource Verywell Family compiled an expert clinical review board, which found that only Pathlight offers intensive, higher level services like IOP and PHP. The team used focused research ranging from company-specific information including pricing, types of therapy offered, and therapist qualifications to detailed user-focused surveys. Overall, they concluded that Pathlight At Home enables more people “to return to school or work while receiving the continued care they need for their mood and anxiety disorders.”

“Pathlight At Home offers customized care plans for adults, adolescents, and children suffering from mood disorders…the center provides wrap-around services including family and group support, therapy, medication management, and nutrition and meal guidance to help you and your loved ones find lasting solutions.” – Verywell Family


In another recent publication titled “Best Online Therapy That Takes Insurance and Meets Family Needs,” Parents – a digital news source that attracts 9 million caregivers a month for trustworthy parenting advice and a supportive, connected community – awarded Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center At Home “Best for Comprehensive Care.” With 96 years of fact-based parenting advice and over 8,000 clinically-reviewed articles, Parents highlighted Eating Recovery and Pathlight At Home programs for being in-network with most commercial insurance plans, in addition to providing educational resources for the entire family, increased support when compared to traditional outpatient therapy, and an emphasis on trauma-informed care.

“Our reviewers noted that Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center’s virtual treatment programs offer a much-needed solution for bridging the gap between in-patient treatment and weekly therapy.” – Parents

Verywell Mind

In a round-up focused on “Best Online Therapy for Kids of 2023,” award-winning mental health resource Verywell Mind named ERC Pathlight’s program “Best for Eating Disorders.” The editorial review board, composed of psychiatrists, psychotherapists, social workers, and more, highlighted the program’s unique offerings:

  • Multidisciplinary virtual treatment in multiple locations
  • A strong focus on family and caregiver support services
  • Nutritional guidance with registered dietitians
  • An active alumni network with ongoing outreach, events, and community-based resources

Users cited additional advantages including the platform’s complimentary mental health resources, LGBTQIA+ affirming clinicians, flexible session times, accessible website, and highly specialized clinicians.

“Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center and Eating Recovery Center offer one of the few comprehensive at-home eating disorder treatment programs open to children and adolescents. The program combines family therapy, nutrition counseling, and peer support to help kids as young as 12 recover from eating disorders.” – Verywell Mind


Lastly, People magazine recently named Pathlight “Best for Peer Support” on its list titled “Best Online Group Therapy of 2023.” With a nod to our variety of therapy and peer support groups for trauma, anxiety, mood conditions, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the article notes: “Chances are, if you are looking for peer support for any number of issues, you can find it at Pathlight.” All groups are not only facilitated by master’s-level clinicians, but also offered at various days and times to accommodate schedules. In user testing and feedback, 42% of surveyed users reported discontinuing therapy based on mental health improvements and / or achievement of therapeutic goals.

We know it is the passion, commitment, and expertise of our virtual clinicians that sets our programs apart, and the entire ERC Pathlight team is grateful for this recognition. Meet our virtual clinical team and hear what they find most rewarding about their work.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about our programs, continuing education materials, the admissions process or referral guidance. Most importantly, we remain thankful for our collaboration with patients, providers and families: allowing more people to take recovery home.

At Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center, we’re dedicated to making your experience - and your clients’ - with us as streamlined, helpful and accessible as possible by connecting and sharing resources for eating, mood, anxiety and trauma-related conditions.

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Sarenka Smith

Sarenka has been voraciously reading & writing since she was a small child. For the past half decade, she has worked in marketing & communications for healthcare-focused organizations and…