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States with professionally led support groups (these have a fee)Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

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Arizona (scan down)

Scottsdale, AZ - A weekly women's eating disorder therapy group on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. led by Deidre Bliss, LPC.  Call 480-862-0180, visit the website: www.counselingscottsdaleaz.com or email: deidreblissmft@yahoo.com

 

 

California (scan down):

Atascadero, CA/San Luis Obispo County: On-going therapy group available for those suffering as a result of restrictive eating, binge-eating, and/or purging. The group meets once a week in a confidential and caring setting where both tears and laughter are a part of the healing process. A Holistic, Humanistic & Cognitive Behavioral approach is combined to assist clients in learning not to fear their needs or wants and how to separate the true self from the eating disorder. "An eating disorder cannot live without us, but only without an eating disorder can we truly live!" Finding ways to separate from the eating disorder takes a great deal of care, understanding and strength. Cyndy works with her clients to move the energy, drive and creativity used to foster the eating disorder into their personal recovery path to reclaim hope, life and love. Most insurances accepted. Sliding scale available in some instances. If interested call Cyndy Smith, MS, MFT at 805-462-1503.

Camarillo, CA: Young Adult Recovery Skills: Young adult group therapy will address the issues of body image, self-esteem, and relationships. When: Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:30pm. Cost: $50 per session. Call or email Susan Richter to reserve your space. A prior consultation is required. 

Camarillo, CA: Eating Disorders Recovery Skills Group: In a safe, supportive environment you will learn... Gentle awareness of eating disorder triggers and development of skills/resources to experience: Freedom from emotional or stress eating/dieting; Freedom from purging, compulsive exercise, or self-starvation; Practical tools for overcoming a focus on food and weight; Skills for improving body image and self-acceptance; Communication and relationship skills; Personal empowerment in dealing with pressures of appearance-focused culture. When: Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:30pm ongoing. Cost: $65.00 per session (most insurance accepted). Call or Email Susan Richter to reserve your space. A prior consultation is required.

Camarillo, CA: Body & Soul Process Group. A men's and women's group therapy experience for those interested in improving their relationships with themselves and others. This group is designed to provide a safe and supportive place to explore: Practicing specific skills for relaxation and body awareness, Identifying stress triggers and stopping progression of stress related pain, Managing stress related eating behaviors, Dealing with relationships directly and with greater confidence, Developing conflict resolution skills toward more satisfying interactions, When: Mondays, 5:00 - 6:30pm. Cost: $75.00 per session (insurance may apply). Co-Facilitators: Sean Baker, MA, MFT and Susan Richter, MA, MFT.

Lake Forest, CA: Family Resource/Support Group. This support group is appropriate for anyone whose loved one is or may be suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive overeating, or binge eating disorder. Participants learn about eating disorders, what they can and cannot do to help, and how to best manage the effects the disorder has on relationships. Licensed therapists specializing in eating disorders provide psychoeducation and tips to help families gain coping skills to better facilitate the recovery process. Groups will take place at Rebecca's House weekly on Thursday nights, from 6:00 - 7:15 pm. We look forward to helping your loved one recover. Please RSVP to familysupport@rebeccashouse.org or call 800-711-2062.

San Jose, CA: Eating disorder groups for adults and teens: DBT skills training groups, process therapy groups and body image groups provided on an ongoing basis. Please contact my office or go to my website for more information on current offerings. Terryann Sanders, LMFT 408 410-9370, www.terryannsanders.com.

 

 

Colorado (scan down):

Denver, CO: Outpatient Support Group Schedule, Art Therapy Group: Monday 5:30-7:00pm. This weekly group utilizes art and creativity by incorporating various types of art media to facilitate a connection with others and self. The group will emphasize mindfulness, self-discovery and the actions needed to maintain a recovery focus. Cost is $30 per group. Mind, Body, Spirit Group: Tuesdays 6:00–7:30pm. This group utilizes a variety of experiential approaches to take participants deeper into the emotional and spiritual difficulties underlying eating disorders and other self-destructive behavior patterns. This group is best suited for anyone wishing to explore the deeper aspects of one’s experience. The goal of this group is to face issues which reinforce self-destructive behavior patterns, and to discover, strengthen, and accept one’s authentic identity. Topics addressed include body image, trauma, family dynamics, healthy emotions, healthy relationships, boundaries, spirituality, and more. Cost is $30 per group. Binge Eating Disorder group (BED) Process group: Wednesday 6:00-7:30 pm. This weekly group provides a safe place to offer and receive support through an ongoing therapeutic process. Group members commit to participation in this process with peers who also struggle with binge eating. Group is designed for individuals in recovery, who have completed an intensive eating disorder program or who are in sustained recovery with an on-going outpatient treatment. Cost is $30 per group. Foundational Skills for Recovery: Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm. This group offers participants the opportunity to learn and practice Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills for living in recovery. Using Mindfulness as a foundation, participants learn how to achieve balance in relationships, in times of distress, and in thinking and emotional patterns. The goal of this group is to provide new and concrete skills which help participants reduce unnecessary suffering and the power of the eating disorder. Cost is $30 per group. ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) - Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm - A free support group open to the community for individuals suffering and recovering from eating disorders. This group is intended to be used in conjunction with individual therapy. No preregistration required. Please see our website for information regarding additional resources. All groups require pre-screening. Call 303-771-0861 to register for any of the groups. All groups are located at: The Eating Disorder Center of Denver, 950 S Cherry St. Ste 1010, Denver, CO 80246 www.edcdenver.com

 

 

Florida (scan down)

New Port Richey, FL: Growth & Recovery Counseling Center, 7747 Mitchell Boulevard, Suite B, Trinity, FL 34655 ongoing ED Support groups. Pre-registration required for the following: Clients can purchase package of groups at a reduced rate.

Eating in the Light of the Moon. 13-session book discussion, art, music, journaling, and guided meditations group for adult women actively pursuing recovery. $45/week. Insurance accepted.

EQ for Eating Disorders & Beyond. 8-session group focused on building emotional intelligence. Discussion and cinema therapy. $45/week.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. 8-session group for those feeling stuck. Learn brain-based skills designed to effectively & mindfully move you toward the life you most want, while also making space for difficult thoughts, feelings, and urges. $45/week.

Creating a Healthy Relationship with Food. 6-session group focused on concrete & specific tools for building a healthier relationship with food. Co-led with registered dietitian. $30/week. Insurance accepted.

Multi-family Therapy Group. Support & education about these deadly disorders. Led alternately by two eating disorder specialists. Meets monthly. $30/session per family.

 

 

Massachusetts (scan down):

Newton, MA: The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) Support Groups. MEDA offers clinical support groups for teens, parents and loved ones, adults with mixed symptoms of EDs, adults with binge eating, and women’s only 35+ with mixed symptoms. For more information contact MEDA at 617-558-1881 or visit www.medainc.org.

 

 

Michigan (scan down):

Ann Arbor, MI: Eating Issues and Body Image Therapy Groups  as well as Binge Eating Recovery groups for adults. Separate groups  are offered for college students/women over 30. These 8 week groups are offered at least once a year. Call or email for more specific group information at 734-741-8584 or email: sheriszuch@gmail.com.

 

 

Missouri (scan down):

St. Louis, MO: Eating Disorder Support Group: 8 Keys to Recovery.  Group meets on Sundays for 10 weeks @ 12400 Olive Blvd., Suite 205, Creve Coeur, MO 63141. Contact Liz @ LFCounselingLLC@gmail.com or 314-529-0010 with any questions and to register. Pre-screening and per session fee required. This group works through the book: 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb.

 

St. Louis, MO: Eating Disorders Open Support Group, at McCallum Place. Time/Day: Every Tuesday evening from 5:15-6:15pm. This group is open to anyone in the community struggling with disordered eating or those unable to attend a higher level of care and is led by a group therapist. There is a $10 charge for each group. For more information, go to www.mccallumplace.com or call 855-238-8208. Location: McCallum Place, 231 W. Lockwood Ave., Ste. 201, St. Louis, MO, 63119.

 

 

New Jersey (scan down):  

Florham Park, NJ: DBT Skills Group. The goal of this group is to help the members develop skills for effectively living their lives without compulsively eating, binging, purging, not eating at all or compulsively exercising. Often we just don't have the skills needed to do so. This program was designed to help each member achieve an enhanced quality of life. Through the following modules: (1) Core Mindfulness –To increase self awareness and learn to focus effectively on one thing at a time. (2) Distress Tolerance Skills- Consist of techniques and crisis survival strategies. These skills help individuals to behave in a less impulsive and self-destructive manner. (3) Emotional Regulation- Presents a model for discussing and understanding emotions, as well as methods to decrease negative emotions and to increase positive emotions. (4) Interpersonal Effectiveness–To improve relationship satisfaction and communication skills. For more information contact Susan Simon-Fleischer, LCSW, phone: 973-535-3626 or therapywithsusan@gmail.com

 

Montclair, NJ - Young Adult Eating Disorder Recovery Group. This weekly psychotherapy group is for young adult women struggling with anorexia and bulimia, ages 17- 28, approximately. The group will concentrate on your continuing recovery issues as it relates to addressing eating disordered thinking and behaviors and returning to full living in relation to socializing, relationships, school, and work. The focus is on the “dinosaur” of recovery – body image. Other themes that will be addressed are independence, separating from one’s family, adjusting to college, living on one’s own, being responsible for one’s own health and recovery. For maximum therapeutic benefit, participants should be in concurrent individual therapy. To schedule your initial consultation and to obtain more information call 973-783-2292, visit www.WomensTherapy.net or email BReese@WomensTherapy.net

 

New Jersey and New York City: New Group beginning in New Jersey on Mondays. Eating Disorder and Compulsive Overeating Groups Thursdays in New York City. This group is for people struggling with compulsive eating, food addiction, Bulimia and body image concerns. This group helps break down isolation, create better connections outside of the therapy room and empower participants to achieve a full recovery. The group leader is an extremely experienced eating disorder therapist who has lead support and psychotherapy groups for over 20 years and lectures frequently to eating disorder therapists and the public on eating disorder recovery. Individual therapy is also available in New Jersey and New York City for people in need of psychotherapy and support with a therapist with an unusually high rate of recovery. She is also available for lectures on prevention and treatment issues. For more information, contact Joanne Gerr MSW, CSW at 212-750-8130 or 732-247-5112.  

 

 

New York (scan down):

New York, NY: Weight Matters: BITE ® (The Body Image Transformation Experience). Register at http://www.franweiss.com or call 212-362-6019. *Limited space: Maximum of 9 candidates will be accepted for group. Insurance reimbursement can be applied for. For Those Who: Overeat Despite Intellectual, Emotional, and Nutritional Knowledge; Feel In and Out of Control; Are in Battle with Themselves; Are Afraid to Hope That the Urge to Eat Can Ever Be Resolved and Have Body Image Issues. The Group Will: Partner with you to be a "change agent" in your interaction with food; Move you from your stuck position; Teach you skills learned from advances in neuro-science to achieve self regulation and Make use of experiential methods geared to shake up negative body image towards a more balanced, positive perception of self. Email biddoc@franweiss.com

 

New York, NY and Scarsdale, NY: Metro Behavioral Health Associates Eating Disorders Centers. Muliple ongoing groups: Adult Eating Disorders Group (females ages 20-40+). Adolescent Eating Disorders Groups (females ages 13 - 18). Binge Eating/Compulsive Overeating Group (young adult/adult females ages 25 - 60). Men's Group (young adult/adult). Boys’ Group (ages 13 - 18). NYC office located at 19 West 34th Street, PH, New York, New York 10001. Scarsdale office located at 14 Harwood Court, Suite 512, Scarsdale, New York 10583 (across the street from the Metro North train station). For further information on days and times visit http://mbhany.com/treatment-groups/, call 914-723-MBHA (6242) ext. 505 or send us an email at info@mbhany.com

 

New York, NY: The Eating Disorder Resource Center offers a monthly support group ($10 fee) on Tuesday evenings from 8:15-9:30pm the first Tuesday of every month. For more information call 212-989-3987 or visit www.edrcnyc.com 

 

New Jersey and New York City: New Group beginning in New Jersey on Mondays. Eating Disorder and Compulsive Overeating Groups Thursdays in New York City. This group is for people struggling with compulsive eating, food addiction, Bulimia and body image concerns. This group helps break down isolation, create better connections outside of the therapy room and empower participants to achieve a full recovery. The group leader is an extremely experienced eating disorder therapist who has lead support and psychotherapy groups for over 20 years and lectures frequently to eating disorder therapists and the public on eating disorder recovery. Individual therapy is also available in New Jersey and New York City for people in need of psychotherapy and support with a therapist with an unusually high rate of recovery. She is also available for lectures on prevention and treatment issues. For more information, contact Joanne Gerr MSW, CSW at 732-247-5112 or 212-750-8130 

 

 

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West Chester OH: Group psychotherapy has been found to deepen and intensify psychotherapy as well as decrease the isolation that people with eating disorders experience. This structured group will reinforce skills learned in group sessions. This group is designed to help adults explore with others how to increase coping skills, improve interpersonal interaction, gain understanding of what causes and perpetuates eating disordered behaviors and identify cognitions, beliefs and behaviors that facilitate recovery. Recovery support/therapy groups in Cincinnati area. Eating disorder groups forming: 16 session group for adults with anorexia nervosa/bulimia nervosa. Another, separate group is for adults with compulsive overeating/binge eating disorders. Both groups are led by clinical psychologist, with 2 guest lectures by nutritionist. Group members will learn and practice recovery tools, healthy coping, relationship and self-care skills, all while reducing social isolation in the group. Members must be in psychotherapy at least twice a month and have a primary care physician of record. To refer a client or learn more about the groups, call Dr. Teri Role-Warren at 513-779-9298 ext. 1 or visit www.drteri.com

 

 

Oregon (scan down):

Portland, OR: "Food Freedom!" Online Program. This online/conference call group will help you take 9 steps to find freedom from food and body image obsession. End emotional eating, binge eating and body shame with a step-by-step approach. The group is led by Anne Cuthbert, Licensed Professional Counselor. For more information visit http://foodisnottheenemy.com/food-freedom/, email anne@foodisnottheenemy.com or call 503-766-3399.

Portland, OR: "Food Is Not The Enemy: Healing the Obsession." This is a process group that meets weekly. The group is led by Anne Cuthbert, Licensed Professional Counselor. Cost: $150 per month. For more information visit http://foodisnottheenemy.com/groups-and-events/, email anne@foodisnottheenemy.com or call 503-766-3399.

 

 

Pennsylvania (scan down):

Lansdowne, PA - Ongoing Creative Expression Support Group for Girls and Women with eating concerns, including: restricting, bingeing, purging/compensatory behaviors and/or other compulsive behaviors. This is a process group with an emphasis on strength and self compassion. Explore thoughts and feelings in a supportive and safe environment. The use of art, creative writing, and dialog within a confidential group context uniquely honors each participant. Facilitated by Michelle L. Dean, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, CGP, HLM (DVATA). Board Certified Art Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Group Psychotherapist; Co-Founder of The Center for Psyche & the Arts, LLC. Individual and family counseling, supervision, and professional training available. For more information: 610-259-2550 ext. 2, email: michelle@psychearts.org or visit: http://psychearts.org  

 

Philadelphia, PA: Women's Psychotherapy Group for those struggling With Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia. Hosted by Deborah Reeves, MGPP, BCPC, CGP. Every Monday evening from 6.00pm-7.30pm. The aim of the group is to take the fear out of food, to understand the function of the eating disorder and how it is expressed through relationships with others and the self. The group talks about all concerns including self esteem, body image issues, intimacy and sexuality. Through the direct experience and knowledge of group connectedness, members will gain an increasing sense of hope, trust and identity as well as understanding their relationship with food and what that means. All members meet for consultation to ensure the best fit and to enable positive results. This is a fully private and confidential group. Contact Deborah Reeves, MGPP, BCPC, CGP at 215 732 1612 or email at drdeborahreeves@gmail.com. For more information: www.drdeborahreeves.com. All questions and all inquiries are welcome. I will look forward to hearing from you.  

 

Wyncote, PA: New group starting! From Symptoms To Serenity: Therapy group for people in recovery from an eating disorder wanting to join others in the same process. Break free of unhealthy behaviors and replace them with healthy coping skills. Learn to manage painful emotions and improve relationship and communication skills. Get support in a safe environment and learn you are not alone! Group is an opportunity to reduce shame associated with an eating disorder. Call 215-886-5611 to set up a free screening for the group. Insurance coverage available. Group Fees are $45 if no insurance is available.

 

 

Virginia (scan down)

Haymarket, VA: DBT/CBT Group. I have been trained in DBT in 2009 and I am currently taking names to enroll for a 12 weeks DBT skills group. The group is energetic, educational, and targets all 4 modules in DBT and will leave clients with a comprehensive binder of all of the skills learned throughout the group. For more information on groups/days/times/cost and other groups visit www.AliciaAyvasLCSW.com/services-groups.

 

Herndon, VA: Binge Eating (BED) and Emotional Eating Support Groups. Learn to combat overeating as well as learning skills of mindfulness. Each participant will be given space to share their obstacles and challenges with their relationship with food as well as their successes. On-going Enrollment. For more information on groups/days/times/costs and other groups visit www.michellemarket.com/groups.html, email mmarketlpc@gmail.com or call 703-953-3310. 

 

Herndon, VA: Prosperity Eating Disorders and Wellness Center Support Groups. Multiple groups for teens, adults and families. All 30 minute groups are $15.00, and 1 hour groups are $40.00. The exception is the catered meal on Thursdays at 6 pm, which is $55.00 for one hour. We are non-participating in most insurances, but do provide patients with out-of-network claim-ready receipts. For more information on groups/days/times visit www.prosperityedwell.com/iop-group-calendar/, call 703-466-5150 or email information.prosperity@gmail.com.

 

Washington (scan down)

Washington DC: Monday evenings at 5:30 in Dr. Harron's office at 1555 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 500 Washington, DC. The group offers a recovery-centered space for adolescents and adults who are healing from all types of disordered eating behaviors. A group screening appointment is required to join. The group is paid and professional-led. For further information call 202-656-3681, drdanaharron@gmail.com or visit the website www.drdanaharron.com.

 

 

Wisconsin (scan down) 

Milwaukee, WI: Eating disorder support group on Wednesday's at 4:30pm for those with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. It is led by a Master's level counselor. The group focuses on the underlying issues which drive the eating disorder's behavior. Come learn about the personal issues which drive the eating disorder's urges and tools to help deal with them; while being supported by those who understand the struggle. The group has a max of 8 people. An additional Nutrition Support Group is available on Monday or Wednesday evening. For additional information, contact Rachel Quast, M.A. at 414-303-1134 or visit www.9shed.com.

 

 

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