Pathlight Michigan - Virtual Programs

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Pathlight Michigan - Virtual Programs

Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center offers a comprehensive Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (Virtual IOP) for patients living in Michigan. This program is an ideal choice for anyone who needs additional outpatient treatment, a more flexible and convenient treatment option, is reluctant to receive treatment in-person or is ready to step down from PHP treatment.

Our Virtual IOP offers the same trusted level of care available at our in-person centers of excellence. With low therapist-to-patient ratios, our virtual programs provide clinically rigorous and evidence-based practices to deliver a virtual treatment option designed to facilitate recovery from the comfort of home.

Our licensed multidisciplinary team members use a proven, evidence-based curriculum to treat eating disorders in children, teens and adults—and have had extensive training in telebehavioral health ethics and service delivery to provide ethical, effective treatment and group collaboration in a virtual setting.

Please note: Child and adolescent virtual intensive outpatient treatment for mood and anxiety disorders is not available in this state at this time. Please inquire for more details and upcoming program offerings.

Location Details

Michigan (Virtual Programming)
Who we treat
Level of Care
Virtual Treatment
Conditions We Treat
Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Our Virtual Treatment: As Effective as Face-to-Face

As with in-person treatment, our Virtual IOP patients work with specialized experts and renowned clinicians in the field of eating disorders, seeing the same treatment team throughout their program. We know our treatment works—and we’ve published peer-reviewed research that proves it.

Positive Self-Reported Outcomes*

  • 100% felt connected to facilitators and group members
  • 97% feel treatment has increased their chances of improving their health
  • 98% agreed that staff created a recovery focused environment

*2017-2018 Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Behavioral Health Centers Virtual Intensive Outpatient Research Outcomes Study.

Convenient Support for a Long-Lasting Recovery

Whether you’re at home, in a dorm room or participating from another private location, you can access specialized, guided eating disorder treatment with just a computer and internet connection.

  • Led by our team of licensed, renowned professionals with extensive training in telebehavioral health ethics and service delivery
  • Small group sessions allow patients to connect with peers and practice their skills in a supportive setting
  • Individual sessions with a licensed therapist allow in-depth discussion of patient issues
  • Family support offered throughout the program empowers families to better support their family members
A female patient in a virtual treatment program

Paying for Telehealth Treatment

We work with insurance providers to secure coverage for virtual services and will not bill patients in the unlikely event that their insurer does not agree to pay for services.



In-Network Providers

  • Aetna: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Anthem Colorado / California: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Anthem Ohio: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield CBA South Carolina: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Beacon: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Carefirst Maryland: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Cigna: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Compsych Texas: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Humana: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Kaiser California: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Kaiser Washington: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Magellan: Covering Virtual IOP
  • MHN: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Moda Washington: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Optum: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Premera Washington: Covering Virtual IOP
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield Washington: Covering Virtual IOP
  • United Healthcare: Covering Virtual IOP

Program Elements

Individual & Group Therapy

  • Patients learn emotion-regulation skills and adaptive coping techniques during one weekly individual or family therapy session.
  • For child and adolescent patients, a parent/guardian is required to be available during the group and individual sessions.

Group Therapy

  • Patients attend three 3-hour groups weekly, including:
    • Evidence-based skills-focused therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Process-oriented group therapy

We’re Your Partner in Care

As the nation’s foremost health care system dedicated to the treatment of mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders, we’re dedicated to making a difference. Our team of experienced clinicians understands the importance of collaboration, whether it is updating the family on a patient’s progress, on-going collaboration with outpatient teams, and/or ensuring a smooth transition back to outpatient care.

Program & Clinical Leadership

Chief Telehealth Officer Juhie Parnami brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare strategy, operations and product development, with an intense focus on building services to help chronically ill and complex care patients. As Director of Collegiate and Telebehavioral Health Initiatives, Dr. Casey Tallent has pioneered and advocated for telehealth options in behavioral health across the nation: authoring, publishing and presenting on virtual treatment.

The VIOP care team is led by Dr. Deborah Michel, a clinical psychologist who has devoted her 30-year career to the treatment of behavioral health conditions. Dr. Michel has developed numerous clinical programs and is committed to best care practices with evidence-based treatment for patients, families and support systems.

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    Casey Tallent, PhD Link

    Casey Tallent, PhD

    Director of Collegiate and Telebehavioral Health Initiatives
    Casey N. Tallent, PhD is the Director of Collegiate & Telebehavioral Health Initiatives for ERC and Pathlight Mood and Anxiety ...
  • Deborah M. Michel, PhD, CEDS-S, FAED
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    Deborah M. Michel, PhD, CEDS-S, FAED

    National Clinical Director of Virtual Care
    Dr. Michel is a licensed clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders and related ...
  • Kristie Simmons, MS, RD, CEDRD-S
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    Kristie Simmons, MS, RD, CEDRD-S

    Nutrition Director of Virtual Services
    Kristie Simmons is the Nutrition Director of Virtual Services at Eating Recovery Center. She started her career with ERC in ...
  • Llyndsey Gregory, LCSW
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    Llyndsey Gregory, LCSW

    Clinical Director of Virtual Adult Services
    Llyndsey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been with Eating Recovery Center since 2010. In her decade long tenure ...
  • Kaila Peak-Rishel
    Kaila Peak-Rishel, LCSW, LMFT, CEDS-S Link

    Kaila Peak-Rishel, LCSW, LMFT, CEDS-S

    Clinical Director of Virtual Child and Adolescents Services
    Kaila Peak-Rishel is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist, and a Certified Eating Disorder ...