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recovery is possible.

Please use the resources below, or contact us directly. We are here to help no matter where you, or a loved one is on their journey to the life we all so deserve.

About Us

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (The Alliance) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders.

Founded in October 2000, The Alliance has worked tirelessly to raise awareness; eliminate secrecy and stigma; promote access to care; and support those susceptible to, currently struggling with, and recovered from eating disorders. We create a bridge for those needing and seeking help by connecting people with resources to assist them in recovery.

The Alliance offers comprehensive services, including: educational presentations to schools, healthcare providers, hospitals, treatment centers, and community agencies; free, clinician-led weekly support groups for those struggling and for their loved ones; support and referrals through both our free help-line and comprehensive referral website, www.findEDhelp.com; and advocacy for eating disorders and mental health legislation. In August 2017, The Alliance opened Psychological Services, which offers direct, low-cost, life-saving treatment to underinsured and uninsured adults in our community.

Since its inception, The Alliance has offered presentations on eating disorders, positive body image, and self-esteem to more than 300,000 individuals nationwide. Over the past 17 years, we have demonstrated our tireless commitment to making a positive impact on our community.

Support Groups

Although eating disorders affect such a vast number of people, the associated stigma causes most to feel isolated and alone in their illness. Our organization understands the significance that a community can offer individuals, providing them with a safe space where they can begin to heal therapeutically. As the only national organization in the country to provide free, clinician-led support groups, these communities not only aid in decreasing isolation, but provide individuals with a sense of belonging. They offer an environment of acceptance that serves as a refuge for those who may feel misunderstood and also creates a community of care.

All support groups are free of charge. Please use the guide below to find local support groups.

WEST PALM BEACH

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
1649 Forum Place #2 West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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West Palm Groups

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Women’s Pro-Recovery Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Women 18+. Facilitators: Johanna Kandel and Lorraine Mari, PhD

Monday Afternoons

4:30-6:00pm

Adolescent Teen Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Pre-registration/Intake required prior to attending. Please call: 561.841.0900 Facilitators: Lorraine Mari, PhD and Sharon Glynn, LPN

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Binge Eating Disorders Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support with Binge Eating Disorder. Adults 18+. Facilitators: Joann Hendelman, PhD, RN, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN, Lorraine Mari, PhD, and Christie Caggiani, RD, LD/N, CEDRD

Wednesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those suffering from eating disorders to come together and gain information about what their loved one is going through, while providing a safe environment in which they have the opportunity to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement.

Thursday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Facilitators: Gillian Bush, PsyD and Erica Benn, LMHC

Saturday Mornings

10:00-11:30am

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Facilitator: Lissette Cortes, PsyD

Tampa

Bayshore Presbyterian Church
1515 Bayshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33629

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Tampa Groups

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Facilitators: Patricia Casanas, MA, RMHI and Megan Whelan, MA

A big thank you to the IAEDP - Tampa Bay Chapter for making this group possible!

Don’t see one close by and interested in learning how to bring these Alliance communities to your hometown? Please email info@allianceforeatingdisorders.com for more information and to suggest a location for future groups. Check back often as we are opening many groups across the country this year!

West Palm Groups

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Women’s Pro-Recovery Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Women 18+. Facilitators: Johanna Kandel and Lorraine Mari, PhD

Monday Afternoons

4:30-6:00pm

Adolescent Teen Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Pre-registration/Intake required prior to attending. Please call: 561.841.0900 Facilitators: Lorraine Mari, PhD and Sharon Glynn, LPN

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Binge Eating Disorders Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support with Binge Eating Disorder. Adults 18+. Facilitators: Joann Hendelman, PhD, RN, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN, Lorraine Mari, PhD, and Christie Caggiani, RD, LD/N, CEDRD

Wednesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those suffering from eating disorders to come together and gain information about what their loved one is going through, while providing a safe environment in which they have the opportunity to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement.

Thursday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Facilitators: Gillian Bush, PsyD and Erica Benn, LMHC

Saturday Mornings

10:00-11:30am

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Facilitator: Lissette Cortes, PsyD

Tampa Groups

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

Gender inclusive and open to those that are need of support. Facilitators: Patricia Casanas, MA, RMHI and Megan Whelan, MA

A big thank you to the IAEDP - Tampa Bay Chapter for making this group possible!

findEDhelp

We created findEDhelp, our national gender inclusive and interactive treatment database to help you find the right treatment fast. Our database includes eating disorder treatment options for all levels of care. You can search based on specific criteria including zip code, populations treated, accepted insurance plans, treatment modalities, and levels of care offered. Further customization is even available to include what comorbid diagnoses can be treated; number of patients in programming; nutritional philosophies; and number of individual sessions offered each week.

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The Alliance is fueled by support from generous community advocates like yourself. We thank you for your support. If you would like to learn more about giving levels and initiatives, please contact our Director of Development, Catherine Herman.

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