Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Canopy Cove of Tallahassee, Florida


Can you check my insurance benefits?

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Can I have visitors?

Yes, visitors are welcome during prearranged visitation times. If you are participating in our full-residential program, you’ll be given either an on-site or an off-site pass based on your treatment level. We do ask that you limit interactions with anyone who triggers your eating disorder, is negative or not supportive of your recovery. For clients in the Partial Hospitalization Program, visitation is available each day after the close of the daily activities.

Can I see a physician and/or Psychiatrist while I am at Canopy Cove?

Yes, you will have access to physicians and Psychiatrists. The frequency of visits will be determined by your specific needs.

Do I have any free time while in treatment?

Yes, free time is scheduled each day. For clients in the Residential Program, free time is in the late afternoon before dinner and in the evening before bed. For clients in the Partial Hospitalization Program, free time is available each day at the end of the scheduled activities.

Do I have to be medically stable to be eligible for Canopy Cove?

Yes, you will need to receive a medical clearance in order to join our eating disorder treatment program. Our admissions specialist will explain what is necessary and will help you obtain the proper information.

Do you offer any payment plans for the financial component of treatment?

Yes, we do. Please contact our office for specific information on payment options. 888-245-6555

Do you treat both adolescents and adults?

We do! We have a Residential Program for Adult Women a separate Residential Program for adolescent girls. Adult and adolescent males are treated in our Partial Hospitalization Program which offers a full day of treatment and provides off-site housing and daily transportation.

Do you treat men and women?

Our Residential campus is an all-female campus. Males are offered treatment in a separate location off campus. Adult and adolescent males are treated in our Partial Hospitalization Program which offers a full day of treatment and provides off-site housing with daily transportation. We have provided treatment to males for over 20 years.

How many people are in the Canopy Cove Residential Program?

We limit group sizes to 12 clients in the adult female residential treatment program and up to 5 clients in our adolescent female residential program. Limiting the number of clients allows us to provide a higher level of care and more individualized treatment for each person.

I’m a vegetarian; will I be able to follow this meal plan while I am at Canopy Cove?

Yes, you are able to follow a vegetarian meal plan. Alternative protein sources are provided for vegetarian preferences and we also accommodate Gluten-free diets.

If my adolescent comes to Canopy Cove’s Residential Program, do I need to accompany them?

All residential clients are supervised 24/7, therefore, their guardian does not have to stay in Tallahassee for the duration of their residential treatment. However, visitation and participation in family therapy and education sessions are encouraged either in person or on the phone. Please note: Clients under the age of 18 must be admitted into the program and picked up upon discharge by a legal guardian in order to complete and sign all necessary consent forms and discharge instructions.

Is it permissible to drink alcohol while in treatment at Canopy Cove?

Drinking alcohol during treatment is counterproductive to recovery and is therefore not allowed at Canopy Cove. We ask that you avoid using alcohol or non-prescription drugs while in treatment.

Is there a dress code for Canopy Cove?

The general guideline on campus is to wear comfortable, casual clothing without representing negative messages. Clients are encouraged to wear modest clothing that does not show skin on the torso or undergarments. Short-shorts/skirts and torn jeans are also discouraged. Weather appropriate clothing is required (i.e. jackets/pants in cold weather and no sweatshirts/jackets in warm weather). Close-toe shoes are required for therapeutic field trips and for equine-assisted therapy.

Is there a limit on how long someone can stay?

No, there is not. The length of treatment is dependent on the individual; therefore we do not set a limit on treatment time. Each client recovers from their eating disorder at their own rate, and the staff will continually make recommendations for a decreasing level of treatment based on individual client needs.

Our staff does, however, believe that a minimum length of stay is necessary to resolve underlying issues and to stabilize the severe symptoms of an eating disorder. We request that all prospective clients understand that there is a minimum stay of 30 days for both adults and adolescents.

Is this a 12-step program?

No, we do not choose to use a 12 Step Program. We have found that The Recovery Model is more effective for treating Eating Disorders. The Recovery Model identifies the eating disorder as a symptom of deeper, unresolved issues. We work with clients to identify and effectively confront these issues and the emotions they produce. Once this is accomplished, the eating pattern and relationship with food stabilizes. Consequently, you can “recover” from an eating disorder, rather than remaining in the perpetual process of “recovering.” The true heart of the Recovery Model is more than behavioral change; it encompasses personal growth and development of life management skills.

Is this a locked facility?

Doors are locked from the outside to ensure the protection and privacy of our clients but remain unlocked from the inside. Our goal is to provide help and assistance, not to detain you.

Is transportation provided?

Canopy Cove provides transportation to and from physician appointments and all related activities during treatment hours. Courtesy airport and/or bus pickup for admission to Canopy Cove, as well as return drop off, is provided during working hours on Monday through Friday when staff is available. To secure courtesy airport/bus transportation, please check availability with staff prior to confirming your ticket.

Should I bring my car to Tallahassee with me?

We recommend that clients do not bring their own vehicle to the residential facility. However, if no other options are available, we request that you discuss this with our staff prior to admission.

What are meals like at Canopy Cove Residential?

We know that meals can be a fearful time so extra care is taken to follow guidelines that ensure meals are a positive experience. Our meal time is a relaxed time around a traditional table with great conversation. For those in the Residential program, our staff prepares freshly made custom meals.

What are the treatment options for continuation, step-down and aftercare?

Because we offer three levels of care, clients will have the ability to transition to a lower level of care while maintaining continuity of your therapists and other key team members.

Toward the end of your stay, your treatment team will make recommendations to meet your needs after you depart. This may include additional days in our intensive Residential Treatment Program, step down to our Partial Hospitalization Program, or outpatient care with an aftercare team. If you come to Canopy Cove from another therapist, we will work with that therapist to create an aftercare plan based on the treatment you received while staying with us. If you do not have a treatment team, we will help you find one before you leave.

 What if I become ill while at Canopy Cove?

We will assist you in scheduling an appointment with our consulting physician to help you address any urgent medical needs. If you require hospitalization, Dr. Brogdon has hospital privileges at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center and will continue to oversee your care.

What is a typical day’s schedule?

Canopy Cove Residential Schedule
7:00 am Wake up, vitals, bathroom/ketones, weights, meds, dress
8:00 am Breakfast prepared by staff
8:45 am Morning meditation
9:00 am Opening session
9:45 am Each day of the week, morning and afternoon, the client will be participating in one of the following sessions:

  • An individual psychotherapy session with their primary therapist (they receive a minimum of 3 sessions per week).
  • An individual family psychotherapy session with their primary therapist (they receive a minimum of 1 per week that includes their family in person or on the phone).
  • An individual dietary session with the registered dietician (a minimum of 1 session per week).
  • One of the group experiential therapy sessions (each day is a different experiential component). Such as:
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Spirituality
  • Nature Therapy
  • Body Movement Therapy
  • Body Image Therapy
  • Therapeutic Field Trips
  • Equine Assisted Therapy
  • Psychotherapy groups
  • Dietary groups

12:00 pm Lunch prepared by staff
1:30 pm Continue individual and group sessions
3:30 pm Snack prepared by staff
4:15 pm Closing for the day involves claiming victories and making accountabilities with the therapist for the evening
4:30 pm Supervised leisure time
5:30 pm Showers
6:00 pm Dinner prepared by staff
7:00 pm Group Activity
8:30 pm Snack/Medications/Relaxation Techniques
9:00 pm Bed
10:00 pm Lights out

What is involved in Equine-Assisted Therapy?

Our Equine-Assisted Therapy Program was developed by our founder and psychological director, Dr. Lynda Brogdon. In addition to being a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, Dr. Brogdon is a Certified Equine-Assisted Psychotherapist. Most of the sessions are conducted at the Canopy Cove stables and gardens (weather permitting). All work is ground-work; there is usually no riding. The client has freedom to choose their level of interaction with the horses.

What is the admission process?

People generally give us a call to let us know that they are considering the program and to learn more about what we offer.
Early on we will discuss your insurance and other financial possibilities. We will check insurance coverage so we can determine your actual benefits and proceed with the best course of action.
It’s important for us to obtain a medical clearance from your current physician. This clearance would need to include results from a current EKG and necessary blood work.  These procedures must be completed within two weeks prior to your admission. A copy of procedures is listed under “admissions” on this website.
One of our program coordinators will help you establish a start date for beginning Canopy Cove. A phone interview is part of our admission process. During this phone conversation, we gather information from you about your history and your eating disorder.

What is your spirituality component of treatment?

We are a non-denominational, Christian-based program, but acknowledge that not everyone shares these beliefs. We respect all religions and beliefs. Our Christian counselor meets with clients and provides therapy groups.

What other costs are involved with the eating disorder program?

Medical expenses for prescriptions, procedures, and office visits are billed directly by our consulting physicians and are in addition to treatment costs. They are normally covered by insurance but we suggest that you check the actual benefits with our physician’s office. To check medical benefits please call TPCA, Tallahassee Primary Care Associates at (850) 878-2222.

What should I bring with me to Canopy Cove?

A list of approved and prohibited items will be provided to you prior to admission. Casual clothing, any recreational items you may want to have with you that meet our guidelines, at least a one-week supply of current medications, clothes to wear when weights are taken each morning (i.e. shorts and tank top), pictures (without glass frame) and personal toiletries are included in this list.

What type of therapists will I be working with?

Canopy Cove’s director, Dr. Lynda Brogdon, is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in eating disorder treatment for over 20 years. You will work with Dr. Brogdon as well as other Ph.D. level licensed psychologists and therapists to assist you in resolving psychological issues. You will see a spiritual therapist, music therapist, art and movement therapists, and a Registered Dietitian, among others.

What types of eating disorders do you treat?

We treat Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating/Overeating Disorders and Co-Existing Diabetes.

What will be expected of me in terms of weight gain while at Canopy Cove?

Weight stabilization is addressed on an individual basis. Meal plans are developed to ensure that each person who needs to gain weight will do so in a safe and gradual manner. A rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week is realistic for most people.

Who will manage my current medications? Will I have to change them? Should I bring my medications with me?

Close medical monitoring is an important component of our program. Our consulting physician or psychiatrist will evaluate your current medications, monitor your response, and make appropriate changes for each prescription as often as needed while at Canopy Cove. We request that you bring at least one full week of medications with you. Medications are managed and secured at Canopy Cove to ensure consistency and safety.

Will I have to stay indoors all day?

Since we are in Florida, we often have lovely weather that allows us to do sessions outside year-round. We also have many therapeutic field trips that are outdoors, including equine-assisted therapy.

Will my family be involved in my treatment?

We believe that it is important for family members to be involved in weekly family therapy sessions. We invite families to attend all of these sessions, but if this is not possible (for proximity reasons) we encourage you to arrange for a phone conference session.

Will you work with the therapist I see at home?

We are happy to work with your therapist when your treatment at Canopy Cove is coming to an end. For example, if it were appropriate for you to do step-down/follow-up care as an outpatient at home, we will work to make sure that your therapist has the information needed to continue your treatment. Aftercare treatment is extremely important as you work toward total recovery. To help you step from intensive treatment to follow-up care, we will also work to put together an appropriate treatment team that will meet all your aftercare needs.

Where is Canopy Cove located?

Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center is located in Tallahassee, Florida. Our center is located in a peaceful environment on 55 acres surrounded by open pastures, gently rolling hills and huge oak trees. Tallahassee is located in the Northern section of Florida and is the capital of Florida. Clients at our eating disorder treatment center enjoy mild Florida winters which provide an opportunity to participate in year-round nature walks, working with horses in Equine Therapy and other outdoor activities. The average high in Tallahassee, Florida in February is 67 degrees.