Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
International Eating Disorder Referral Organization
Free Support Groups (can be led by a professional or non-professional)
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Professionally-led Support Groups: Treatment Groups, Workshops and Retreats for clients seeking paid professional help with eating disorders in a short, intensive group format click here
Free Support Groups Listed by State (can be led by a professional or non-professional): California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
Nationwide Support Groups:
Eating Disorders Anonymous Support Groups: www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org. Treatment Model: 12 Step (not addictions model), Cognitive-Behavioral EDA is a voluntary fellowship of individuals who meet together to share solutions for and recovery from eating disorders. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from an eating disorder. Their primary purpose is to recover from our eating disorders and carry this message of recovery to others with eating disorders.
California Support Groups (scan down):
Burbank, CA: Eating Disorder Support Group every other Wednesday evening 8:30-9:15 pm at 2600 West Olive Avenue, Suite 500, Burbank, CA 91505. Contact Abbe Goodman, M.A., L.M.F.T., Lic.#MFC18873, 818-766-5663 for additional questions and information.
Camarillo, CA: Free ANAD group meets Wednesday from 7:00-8:30pm. Call Susan Richter, MA, MFT at 805-987-3162 ext. 5 for more information.
Danville, CA: Free ANAD Support Group for families and friends. Please to refer to the website at www.getwelltogether.com for meeting schedule and location.
Huntington Beach, CA: Free Support Group - ANAD drop-in support group for those struggling with recovery from anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder or body image issues. Gather support, ask questions, learn new tools and have a place to share your experiences and concerns. This group is open to those struggling as well as family and friends. This group is held weekly at my office in Huntington Beach every Monday evening from 7:30-9:00pm. The address is 2124 Main Street, Suite 230 Huntington Beach, CA. This group is led by Carissa Karner, LMFT. For additional information, please contact Carissa at 818-331-9881.
Laguna Hills, CA: ANAD Support Group. This group meets every Wednesday at 7:00pm. The group is located at 23461 South Pointe Drive, Ste 190, Laguna Hills, CA 92630. For more information call Kay Poggi at 949-498-5018 or email email@example.com.
Lake Forest, CA: ABA Discussion Meeting meets every Thursday evening 8:00-9:00pm. Location: 23792 Rockfield Blvd Suite 100 Lake Forest, CA 92630. For more information visit http://www.rebeccashouse.org or call 800-711-2062.
Lake Forest, CA: Eating Disorder Family Systems Support Group meets every Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Therapist Facilitated. Psycho-educational and process group This group is a free support group to support the families & friends of someone struggling or overcoming an eating disorder. All are welcome to attend. If you are not sure if this group can help you or you simply have questions about your loved one, please attend and meet with the facilitator who is happy to answer questions and can provide assistance with an assessment of the presenting situation Location: 23792 Rockfield Blvd Suite 100 Lake Forest, CA 92630. For more information visit http://www.rebeccashouse.org or call 800-711-2062.
Long Beach, CA: Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) support groups are held at Shoreline every Friday from 6-7pm. These groups are cost free and open to the public. They provide extra support for individuals struggling with eating and body image issues. For further information call 562-434-6007.
Los Angeles, CA: The Bella Vita in Los Angeles Free eating disorder support group, Mondays: 6:00-7:00pm, 766 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041. Open to those, both female and male, who may suspect they have an eating disorder or those in recovery. No RSVP necessary. Feel free to just show up at posted group times. For more information contact www.thebellavita.com or 818-585-1775.
Los Angeles, CA: The Bella Vita in Los Angeles has a Free Family and Friends Support Group, Tuesdays: 6:00 – 7:00 pm, 766 Colorado Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90041. Free to the community, friends and family will have a space to learn, connect, be validated and feel understood around supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. No RSVP necessary. For more information contact www.thebellavita.com or 818-585-1775.
Los Gatos, CA: Free Support Group – Body Image & Eating Disorders. Are you unhappy with your body? Do you compulsively exercise? Do you think about food day & night? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? What is binge eating and binge fasting? Come join get control of your body image and fear about eating. You are not alone and this confidential support group will help make a difference. Partners, spouses and family members are also welcome. You are welcome to attend either or both monthly meetings. Meetings: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Mission Oaks Campus, EDRC Office, 15891 Los Gatos-Almaden Road, Los Gatos, 95032. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-356-1212, or visit www.edrcsv.org. Hosted by Eating Disorders Resource Center in association with National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders.
Menlo Park, CA: Free Support Group – Body Image & Eating Disorders. Are you unhappy with your body? Do you compulsively exercise? Do you think about food day & night? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? What is binge eating and binge fasting? Come join this group to get control of your body image and fear about eating. You are not alone and this confidential support group will help make a difference. You are welcome to attend either or both monthly meetings. Meetings: Every Thursday, from 6:30 to 8 PM. at Mid Peninsula Eating Disorder Clinic, 1225 Crane Street, Suite 205, Menlo Park, CA 94025. RSVP to email@example.com required. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-356-1212, or visit www.edrcsv.org. Hosted by Eating Disorders Resource Center in association with National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders.
Mountain View, CA: Free Support Group – Body Image & Eating Disorders. Are you unhappy with your body? Do you compulsively exercise? Do you think about food day & night? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? What is binge eating and binge fasting? Come join this group to get control of your body image and fear about eating. You are not alone and this confidential support group will help make a difference. You are welcome to attend either or both monthly meetings. Meetings: First and third Saturday of every month from 9:30 to 11 AM. El Camino Hospital, Conference Room A, 2500 Grant Rd., Mountain View, CA, 94040. For information contact email@example.com or 408-356-1212, or visit www.edrcsv.org. Hosted by Eating Disorders Resource Center in association with National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders.
Mountain View, CA: Free support group and information session for family members and loved ones of individuals suffering from eating disorders. Please feel free to join us throughout the healing process and to forward this along to anyone who you feel may benefit. Where: El Camino Hospital, Conference Room A, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA 94040. When: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9:30am – 11:00am. For further information on this support group or any other EDRC services, call 408-356-1212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Diego, CA: Eating Disorders and Body Image Support Group. Location: The Rock Church, 6pm-7pm Wednesday Nights, 808 Jackman Street, El Cajon (San Diego County), CA 92020. Led by Brenda Piazza, 858-442-5994, www.brendapiazza.com.
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco, CA: At the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders clinic, 3195 California Street, San Francisco, we have openings in our free recovery groups. We have a Tuesday evening Eating Disorders Anonymous Group, 7:00-8:00 pm, a Wednesday Anorexic-Bulimic focus Overeaters Anonymous group, noon-1:00 pm and a Friday evening Eating Disorders Anonymous step-study group, 5:30-6:30 pm. (Call to get code to enter door.) For either individual therapy or groups, please contact our intake line: 415-931-6090 (or if you have any other questions, please contact the APTED clinic Director, Deborah Brenner-Liss, Ph.D. at 415-608-6307, or 415-771-3068). There are other groups gathering names for a waiting list. You can always download a current copy of our groups on our website, www.AptedSF.org. Scroll down on the home page, or e-mail the director at AptedSF@aol.com.
San Francisco, CA: Ms. Bricca-Manodori LCSW, holds an ANAD support group twice a month on Saturdays. This is a no-fee group for people recovering from eating disorders. Call 415-640-9862 for a telephone screening and location details.
San Francisco, CA: ACM Woodleaf Eating Disorder Center. Free ANAD support group 1st and 3rd Wed of the month at 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Group is held at our treatment center in San Francisco, CA near downtown and along all lines of public transit. Group is entirely free and on-going. Call our mainline at 415-840-0670 to express your interest in the group and the group leader will get back to you! 415-840-0670.
Santa Cruz, CA: Free Support Group - The Lotus Collaborative: TLC offers a free community support group on Sundays that includes meal support. RSVP is required for attendance. Our beautiful treatment center is unique in its design. We are located in a 2-story yellow, craftsman style house that embodies a serene, healing, homelike environment. We are centrally located on Mission Street, the Westside, and convenient to the bus line, University of California Santa Cruz, and Westcliff Drive. We believe that healing can be optimized when clients are shown respect by offering them a beautiful, professional treatment center. For more information, please email: email@example.com or call: 831-600-7103. You can also visit our website at www.thelotuscollaborative.com.
Santa Cruz, CA: Free support group and information session for family members and loved ones of individuals suffering from eating disorders. Please feel free to join us throughout the healing process and to forward this along to anyone who you feel may benefit. Where: The Lotus Collaborative, 701 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. When: Every Sunday of the month from 1:00-2:30pm. Contact: TLC (831) 600-7103. For further information on this support group or any other Lotus Collaborative services, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Monica: ANAD support group in westside Santa Monica meets Tuesday nights from 7:30- 9:00pm. For more information and group availability call Sydnie Ridley, MFT at 310-463-5106.
Sausalito, CA: Marin Vista Health and Wellness Center now offers a Free Support Group for Friends and Family of People Struggling with Eating Disorders. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday in Sausalito from 7pm-8:30pm. Located at Marin Vista Health and Wellness Center, 3 Harbor Dr. #110, Sausalito, CA 94965. Being a loved one or family member of a person struggling with, or recovering from, an Eating Disorder can be challenging. This support group is open to the public and will focus on education, community and support. Please RSVP for this event by calling Marin Vista Health and Wellness Center at 415-331-1302 or visit the website www.eatingwellnesscenter.com. This is a confidential support group and your privacy will be respected and honored at all times. This group will be led by a Licensed Therapist from Marin Vista Health and Wellness Center who has had extensive experience working directly with individuals diagnosed with Eating Disorders and their family members.
Sherman Oaks, CA: Free ANAD group meets Saturdays from 9-10:25am. Open to men and women who struggle with any form of disordered eating. Age range is 20s - 60+. Very warm and supportive environment. Location: 15233 Ventura Blvd, Suite 1203, Sherman Oaks, CA. For more information call 818-990-0622, visit www.NSReatingdisorders.com or email email@example.com.
Torrance, CA: Pre and post operative surgical obesity patients support group. This group is open to the public at no charge, however a reservation is required. The group meets the first Saturday of every month and is affiliated with the South Bay Coastal Obesity Center. Call 310-768-2369, visit the website www.wyweight.com, or email Robbin@wyweight.com.
Valley Village, CA: Support group for families, friends and loved ones of people with eating issues and eating disorders. Group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 1pm to 2pm. There is no cost to attend. For more information about ANAD of Studio City/Valley Village, please call Alli at 818-388-2355 or visit www.TherapyHelps.Us
Woodland Hills, CA: The Bella Vita in San Fernando Valley Free eating disorder support group. Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:00pm 22466 Ventura Blvd, CA 91364. Open to those, both female and male, who may suspect they have an eating disorder or those in recovery. No RSVP necessary. Feel free to just show up at posted group times. For more information contact www.thebellavita.com or 818-676-1540.
Colorado Support Groups (scan down):
Denver, CO: The following free support groups are facilitated by professionals through The Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver, CO: Tuesdays – Individuals 18+ Struggling with an Eating Disorder from 6-7:30pm, Wednesdays – Support Group for Family & Friends from 5:30-7pm, Thursdays – Individuals Struggling with Binge Eating Disorder from 6-7:30pm, Thursdays - Art Journaling Group from 5:30-7:30pm, Saturdays – Individuals 30+ Struggling with an Eating Disorder from 11am-12:30pm, and more. Free and open groups hosted by The Eating Disorder Foundation at its support center, A Place of Our Own, located at 1901 E. 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80205. For more information, visit www.eatingdisorderfoundation.org or call 303-322-3373.
Florida (scan down):
New Port Richey, FL: Growth & Recovery Counseling Center ED Support groups being offered: ED Support Group (free) facilitated by college student who is in recovery. Meets every other Saturday afternoon 1 – 2 p.m. 7747 Mitchell Boulevard, Suite B, Trinity, FL 34655.
Georgia Support Groups (scan down):
Savannah, GA: Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA). Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a national volunteer-lead nonprofit that seeks to support individuals struggling and seeking recovery from an eating disorder (anorexia and/or bulimia). It is modeled after Alcoholic Anonymous' 12 step program. This in NOT a diet group nor for individuals struggling with overeating alone. EDA Savannah is meeting every Monday night at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church on 1008 Henry St. from 7:30-8:30 p.m. This group is free and open to anyone who has an eating disorder and wants to recover. For more information or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Support Group (scan down):
Highland Park, IL: ANAD Support Group -- Open to new members. Free of charge, donations accepted for ANAD. Highland Park Hospital Address: 777 Park Avenue West, Highland Park, IL 60035, RM 1A (basement). Entrance is to the left of Emergency. Led by: Karla Steingraber, PsyD and Ann Harriman, MA. Phone: (847) 778-3997. Main Hospital: (847) 432-8000. Email: email@example.com web: www.aprioris.net Meets every Wednesday from 7:30-9:00pm. Last Wednesday of the month is open to friends and family.
Maryland Support Groups (scan down):
Baltimore, MD: Weekly recovery-focused Support Group for individuals struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, or any form of Disordered Eating. Family, friends and support people are also welcome. No fee or registration is required. This group is facilitated by a licensed treatment professional from The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and meets every Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm in the Gibson Building, Room 200. For more information call 410-938-5252, email EatingDisorderInfo@sheppardpratt.org, or visit www.eatingdisorder.org.
Baltimore, MD: Educational and supportive Collaborative Care Workshops (6-week modules) for parents, family members and carers of individuals with eating disorders. This group is facilitated by a licensed treatment professional from The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and meets every Tuesday from 5:30-7:00pm at the 6535 N. Charles St., Suite 300, Towson, MD 21204. Attendance is free but registration is required. For more information call 410-427-3874, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eatingdisorder.org.
Cockeysville, MD: Largely Positive is a free support group for adults of size founded in Wisconsin by Carol Johnson, author of Self-Esteem Comes In All Sizes: How To Be Happy and Healthy At Your Natural Weight. The mission of Largely Positive is to promote health and self-esteem among larger people. The support group is not opposed to weight loss but discourages dieting and other unhealthy weight loss practices. Meetings are held at 10621 York Road, Cockeysville, MD and take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7:00-8:30pm. Contact Deborah Kauffmann, RD, LDN at 410-982-9667 or email email@example.com for more information.
Minnesota Support Groups (scan down):
Woodbury, MN: Overeaters Anonymous/H.O.W. (Honesty, Open-mindedness, Willingness) meets every Tuesday 6:30 pm at Five Oaks Community Church, 4416 Radio Drive in Woodbury. Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step support group for anyone having trouble controlling their weight due to anorexia, bulimia or compulsive overeating. Leave a message for a return call from OA volunteer Jim at 612-735-7276.
New Jersey Support Groups (scan down):
Caldwell, NJ: ANAD Support Group located at Caldwell College, Student Center Conference Room, 120 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ. Offers a Free Eating Disorder Support Group for family and friends the first Sunday of each month from 10:00-11:30. For more information, please contact Lisbeth English-McGovern at Lisbethmcgovern@mac.com or call 973-780-7388.
Livingston, NJ: ANAD of Northern NJ. A morning of support and information for individuals seeking recovery from an eating disorder, and for their family members and friends. The multi-family support groups meet on the 1st Saturday of every month (2nd Saturday for, NJ major holiday weekends) from 9:30 – 11:00am, on-site registration begins at 9:15am. Held at the Saint Barnabas ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ. Facilitated by Professional and Recovered Leaders; adolescents are welcome. For more information contact Barbara Reese, LCSW, at 973-783-2292, mailbox #3 or email us at BReese@WomensTherapy.net. Groups are free and open to the public; donations are accepted for the advocacy work of ANAD.
Whippany, NJ: ANAD support group. Kristie Butrico, MSW, LSW. Phone: 908-625-6354. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting time: 2nd and 4th Thursday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Meeting location: Conference room at Morris County Public Library, 30 Hanover Ave., Whippany, NJ 07981. Call or email with any questions.
New York Support Groups (scan down):
New York, NY: First Things First For Eating Disorders: First Things First For Eating Disorders is a free monthly interactive motivational workshop for those affected by an eating disorder. This popular group program was developed and is led by veteran therapist and eating disorders specialist William Skerker, LCSW, LRSW, and is Co-Administered by Ellen Schieren who provides personalized phone help and support. First Things First delivers a pro-treatment and pro-recovery message. It asks key questions about what you truly want, what your agendas might be, and helps participants identify and overcome obstacles and conflicts that prevent them from reaching their goals. Each First Things First topic reflects a theoretical position and its practical application for eating disordered individuals seeking permanent recovery. Many attendees have reported that First Things First has helped them increase their sense of self-worth, and that it has bolstered their commitment to decisions and behaviors leading to healthier and more fulfilling lives. First Things First For Eating Disorders is free of charge, and free of obligation. Your one-time email or phone registration allows you to attend as many meetings as you would like without re-registering. Your personal information will remain private, and you will receive an email reminder announcing the topic before each meeting. Each monthly meeting is held on a Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in Manhattan at 19 West 34th Street, in Suite 301, on the Third Floor. For registration, more information, or private consultation contact William Skerker, LCSW, LRSW at SkerkerPsychotherapy@icloud.com, 212-736-9040, 917-692-8193. For registration, more information, or phone help and support contact Ellen Schieren at email@example.com 516-510-9001.
New York, NY: The NEDA Support Groups have now become the Center for
the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) Support Groups. Family &
Friends takes place on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Pursuing
Recovery takes place on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month. You can
find the CSAB office at: 1841 Broadway (at 60th St)
Port Jefferson, NY: Group led by professionals who specialize in eating disorders and open to sufferers (anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating), their friends, parents spouses and significant others. For information call 631-473-3877. Location: John T. Mather Hospital – Pt Jefferson, NY: Meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm, Conference Room Three (if the 1st Monday falls on a Holiday, the group is then held on the 2nd Monday for that month only. This often occurs in July & September).
Ohio Support Groups (scan down):
Akron, OH: Free ANAD Support Group. This group is open to all individuals struggling with eating disorders. Registration not necessary. Meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 6:30 - 8:00pm. This group meets at the offices of New Beginnings Counseling, 3610 W. Market Street, Suite 102, Akron, OH. For additional information, call Carolyn 330-666-5004, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.newbeginningscounseling.org.
Akron, OH: Free ANAD Support Group. This support group is open to all friends and family of persons struggling with eating disorders. Registration not necessary. Meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 6:30 - 8:00pm. This group meets at the offices of New Beginnings Counseling, 3610 W. Market Street, Suite 102, Akron, OH. For additional information, call Carolyn 330-666-5004, email@example.com or visit www.newbeginningscounseling.org.
Akron, OH: Free ANAD Support Group. This support group is open to all individuals struggling with Emotional/Binge eating disorders. Registration not necessary. Meeting the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 6:30 - 8:00pm. This group meets at the offices of New Beginnings Counseling, 3610 W. Market Street, Suite 102, Akron, OH. For additional information, call Carolyn 330-666-5004, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.newbeginningscounseling.org.
Columbus, OH: The Center For Balanced Living. Support Groups For Eating Disorders. Four Support Groups Offered: Family & Friends of persons with Eating Disorders, People with Anorexia Nervosa, People with Bulimia Nervosa, People with Binge Eating Disorder. First and Third Tuesday of each month, 6:30PM-8:00PM. No fee. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. Donations are tax deductible. For more information please contact: Amy Hampton, MDiv, MA, PC, 8001 Ravines Edge Court, Columbus, OH 43235, 614-896-8222. www.TheCenterForBalancedLiving.org
Oregon Support Groups (scan down):
Portland, OR: Friends and Family
Support Group. A Better Way Counseling Center offers this free information and
support group for those suffering from an eating disorder and their family and
friends. This group is led by therapists from A Better Way Counseling Center who
are experts in working with eating disorders. Please call us at 503-226-9061 or
visit our website at http://abwcounseling.com/ for more information.
Texas Support Groups (scan down):
Corpus Christi TX: Eating Disorders Anonymous Support Group: Meets every Monday from noon-1pm at 14238 Encantada Ave, Corpus Christi TX 78418 AND every Thursday from 7-8pm at 4818 Everhart Rd., 78411. Contact Laurie at 361-249-0861 or email@example.com.
Plano, TX: ANAD Eating Disorder Support Group. Contact person: Cynthia Hutchins MS, LPC. For further information, please email ARTherapyCenter@aol.com or call 972-824-6020.
Utah Support Groups (scan down):
Orem, UT: Free EDA Support Group, 12-Step Group. This group meets at 6:00pm on Tuesdays. Gain more desire for recovery as you, along with others, share experiences of strength and hope. For more information contact the Center for Change at 1-888-224-8250.
Virginia Support Groups (scan down):
Herndon, VA: First Monday of the month at 5pm (free) Parent and Family Support Group. For more information, contact Prosperity at 703-466-5150, office hours Monday-Thursday 10am-6:00pm. To leave a confidential voicemail, call 703-466-5000 ext 1, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.prosperityedwell.com. Address: 1031 Sterling Rd, Suite 203, Herndon, Virginia, 20170.
Washington Support Groups (scan down):
Seattle, WA: Anorexia Bulimia Anonymous (ABA) 12 Step Meeting. Anorexia Bulimia Anonymous (ABA) uses the Twelve-Step Program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous to address the mental, emotional, and spiritual components of the disorders of anorexia and bulimia. Many people who identify compulsive overeating as the primary component of their eating disorder have been able to relate to our program and have found recovery through it. When: 3rd Thursday of the month (beginning July 16). Time: 7:00-8:15 PM. Where: 1700 Westlake Ave. N, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98109 (The Emily Program office).
Milwaukee, WI: Monthly Support group for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating is lead by a Master's level counselor. For more information contact Rachel Quast, M.A. at 414-303-1134 or visit www.9shed.com.
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