Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Canopy Cove of Tallahassee, Florida

Partial Hospitalization Program FAQs

Can I have visitors?

Families are asked to participate in family therapy sessions and family education sessions. Family members and other visitors may spend time with you after program hours. However, in order to protect the privacy of other roommates, we ask that visits take place outside of the apartment. The only people that we ask you to limit interactions with are those who trigger your eating disorder or are negative and not supportive of your recovery.

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

We have consulting physicians and psychiatrists who work closely with Canopy Cove staff. This means that these physicians are not in our building, but will see you as often as is needed during your treatment at Canopy Cove. These office visits are separate from Canopy Cove treatment costs, but are usually covered by your insurance as a medical visit.

Do I have any freetime while in treatment?

Our Partial Hospitalization Program operates 7-days a week. During treatment times, there is not any scheduled free-time (8:30-4:30), but you have some freedom for leisure time in the evenings and on weekends after program hours.

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

Yes, you do need medical clearance in order to be eligible for our eating disorder treatment program. Your physician may fax us current blood work, and EKG results to let us know that you are medically stable.

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

We ask that you discuss any financial considerations with our business office.

Do you treat both adolescents and adults?

Yes; we treat both adolescents and adults in our Partial Hospitalization Program.

Do you treat men and women?

We treat both men and women in our Partial Hospitalization Program, with a treatment approach that has been individualized to meet their specific needs.

How many people are in Canopy Cove at a time?

8 – We only accept 8 clients in the Partial Hospitalization Program for males and females. Because we limit the number of clients, we are able to provide more individualized treatment in the form of treatment strategies and meal plans. Having a higher ratio of therapists to clients allows a continuity of care and the mutual trust necessary to provide effective treatment.

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

Alternative protein sources are possible for vegetarian preferences. Our dietician will help you identify foods at the grocery store that will meet your meal plan.

If my adolescent comes to Canopy Cove, how will they be supervised during the non-Canopy Cove hours in the Partial Hospitalization Program?

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. During treatment, a responsible adult must stay with the client after-treatment hours and overnight.

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

Drinking alcohol during treatment is counterproductive. We ask that you refrain from any use of alcohol or non-prescription drugs while in treatment. This will allow you to focus on recovery to the fullest extent. Alcohol and illicit drugs are prohibited in the Canopy Cove apartments by clients and family members/visitors.

Is there a dress code for Canopy Cove?

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. The general guideline is for clients to wear comfortable, casual clothing without representing negative messages. Close-toed shoes are required for therapeutic field trips and for equine-assisted therapy.

Is there a limit on how long someone can stay?

We do not set a limit on treatment time. However, a minimum stay of 30 days is required in our Partial Hospitalization Program for adults and adolescents. Adolescents who are stepping down from our Residential Program will only be required to participate in Partial Hospitalization for a minimum of 15 to 30 days as determined by the treatment team. Our staff believes that the minimum length of stay is necessary to resolve underlying issues and to stabilize the severe symptoms of an eating disorder. 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.

Is this a 12-step program?

No, we use the Recovery Model instead of the Addiction Model.

Is this a locked facility?

The doors are locked from the outside to protect your privacy, but the doors are not locked from the inside.

Is transportation provided?

We provide transportation to and from the treatment center to our apartments. Clients are also taken to and from doctor’s appointments, to pick up prescriptions and to and from the grocery store. 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 however, you must check availability with staff prior to confirming your ticket. All transportation to and from activities during treatment hours is provided by Canopy Cove staff.

Should I bring my car to Tallahassee with me?

Many clients prefer to bring a vehicle (or rent one here) since there is some flexibility in the evenings and on weekends.

What are meals like at Canopy Cove?

Clients in the Partial Hospitalization Program purchase and prepare their own foods to meet their prescribed meal plan. Meal plans include foods from all of the essential food groups. Clients are encouraged to choose a variety of foods from each group throughout the week. Joy Food Days (avoided foods), Cooking Days, and Restaurant Days provide opportunities for clients to challenge the food myths and rituals of the eating disorder.

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

Toward the end of your minimum required stay, your treatment team will make recommendations to meet your continued needs. This can include additional days in the Partial Hospitalization Program or outpatient care with Canopy Cove (for clients residing the local area) or an aftercare team in your home area. If you come to Canopy Cove from another therapist, we will work with that therapist to create an aftercare plan that follows the treatment you received while at Canopy Cove. If you do not have a treatment team, we will work to put a team in place before you leave.

What does Canopy Cove’s “independent living situation” really mean?

This means that you come to live in Tallahassee while you are in treatment, and that as part of your therapeutic experience, you live in a apartment furnished by Canopy Cove. This unique situation provides an environment that is more similar to what you would experience when going home since you will be preparing all of your own meals, grocery shopping, and facing the daily tasks of dealing with food. This process gives you the opportunity to practice the tools and life management skills while you are still in a safe and therapeutic environment.

What if I become ill while at Canopy Cove?

You will need to come to Canopy Cove and we will assist you in scheduling an appointment with our consulting physician to help you address any urgent medical needs. If hospitalization becomes necessary, Dr. Brogdon is on staff at the Tallahassee Memorial Health Care and will assist you in the admission process.

Canopy Cove Partial Schedule

8:20 am Pick up client from apartment
8:30 am Arrive at Canopy Cove and begin AM procedures
9:45 am Opening session
The day then unfolds in various directions.
10:30 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 received 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:
o    Music Therapy
o    Art Therapy
o    Spirituality
o    Nature Therapy
o    Body Movement Therapy
o    Body Image Therapy
o    Therapeutic Field Trips
o    Equine Therapy
o    Psychotherapy groups
o    Dietary groups
12:00 pm Lunch – they prepare and eat their lunch in the same manner as breakfast
1:30 pm Continue individual and group sessions
3:30 pm Snack
Prior to leaving at the end of the day, clients are asked to complete their activity schedule for the evening, giving particular attention to the time around when they will prepare their dinner
4:15 pm Closing for the day involves claiming victories for the day and preparing for the evening
4:30 pm Transport Client back to their apartment

Evenings are reserved for special projects, homework and practice of the tools being learned including life management skills and positive skills that replace eating disorder thoughts and behaviors.

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. The majority of 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?

Generally, people give us a call to let us know that they are considering the program, learn more about what we offer and clarify any outstanding questions.
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. A copy of procedures is listed under “admissions” on this website. These procedures must be completed within two weeks prior to your admission.
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?

Living expenses for the month, including all food and weekly restaurant/snack costs. 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, 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 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 a roommate at the living facility?

While participating in our Partial Hospitalization Program, we have found that most participants benefit from roommates as they work on their recovery process. In addition, all participants reside in the same apartment complex and often enjoy getting together to watch a movie, play a board game, or talk.

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 setting 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 capitol 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.