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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. The support groups offered at the Alliance allow group members to reach their full potential by working through the struggles of their illness in order to move forward into a life of recovery.

Please use the guide below to find local support groups.

Florida

Miami

St. Bede Episcopal Chapel at University of Miami
1150 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Miami

Thursday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Thaimi Fina, LMHC and Lisa Jimenez, LMHC

Group is located in the library on the second floor of the church.

West Palm Beach

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

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West Palm Beach

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Women’s Pro-Recovery Support Group

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

Monday Afternoons

4:30-6:00pm

Adolescent Teen Support Group

All genders and open to those who are 13-17 and in 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

All genders and open to those that are in need of support for Binge Eating Disorder. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Joann Hendelman, PhD, RN, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN, and Lorraine Mari, PhD.

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.  We provide 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

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Gillian Bush, PsyD and Erica Benn, LMHC

Saturday Mornings

10:00-11:30am

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+
Facilitator: Lissette Cortes, PsyD

Tampa

Bayshore Presbyterian Church
1515 Bayshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629

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Tampa

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Patricia Casanas, MA, RMHI and Megan Whelan, MA

With sincere gratitude to the IAEDP – Tampa Bay Chapter for making this group possible!

Orlando

Maitland Presbyterian Church
341 North Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751

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Orlando

Monday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group.

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Lauren Blackburn, MA, RMHCI and Ariana Guevara, MA, RMHCI

With sincere gratitude to the Eating Disorders Network of Central Florida and Helping Other People Eat (HOPE) for making this group possible!

Miami

Thursday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Thaimi Fina, LMHC and Lisa Jimenez, LMHC

Group is located in the library on the second floor of the church.

West Palm Beach

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Women’s Pro-Recovery Support Group

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

Monday Afternoons

4:30-6:00pm

Adolescent Teen Support Group

All genders and open to those who are 13-17 and in 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

All genders and open to those that are in need of support for Binge Eating Disorder. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Joann Hendelman, PhD, RN, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN, and Lorraine Mari, PhD.

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.  We provide 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

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Gillian Bush, PsyD and Erica Benn, LMHC

Saturday Mornings

10:00-11:30am

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+
Facilitator: Lissette Cortes, PsyD

Tampa

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Patricia Casanas, MA, RMHI and Megan Whelan, MA

With sincere gratitude to the IAEDP – Tampa Bay Chapter for making this group possible!

Orlando

Monday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group.

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Lauren Blackburn, MA, RMHCI and Ariana Guevara, MA, RMHCI

With sincere gratitude to the Eating Disorders Network of Central Florida and Helping Other People Eat (HOPE) for making this group possible!

Louisiana

New Orleans

Rayne United Methodist - Epiphany House
3924 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

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New Orleans

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+
Facilitators: Allyson Emig, LCSW and Celeste Lopez, LPC

With sincere gratitude to Southern Smash for making this group possible!

Starting September 25, 2018!

New Orleans

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+
Facilitators: Allyson Emig, LCSW and Celeste Lopez, LPC

With sincere gratitude to Southern Smash for making this group possible!

Starting September 25, 2018!

New York

New York

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Starting winter 2018. More information to come!

New York

Tuesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Starting winter 2018. More information to come!

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Paoli United Methodist Church
81 Devon Road
Paoli, PA 19301

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Pennsylvania

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Natalie Loschiavo RD, LDN, RYT and Laura DiNunzio, LPC, CEDS

With sincere gratitude to The Rostair Foundation for making this group possible!

Starting September 17,  2018!

Pennsylvania

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Natalie Loschiavo RD, LDN, RYT and Laura DiNunzio, LPC, CEDS

With sincere gratitude to The Rostair Foundation for making this group possible!

Starting September 17,  2018!

Texas

Austin

Congregation Beth Israel
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756

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Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All gender and open to those that are need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Jessica Sprengle, LPC and Kate Peoples, LMSW

Starting end of September 2018!

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All gender and open to those that are need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Jessica Sprengle, LPC and Kate Peoples, LMSW

Starting end of September 2018!

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All gender and open to those that are need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Jessica Sprengle, LPC and Kate Peoples, LMSW

Starting end of September 2018!

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All gender and open to those that are need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Jessica Sprengle, LPC and Kate Peoples, LMSW

Starting end of September 2018!

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All gender and open to those that are need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Jessica Sprengle, LPC and Kate Peoples, LMSW

Starting end of September 2018!

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All gender and open to those that are need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Jessica Sprengle, LPC and Kate Peoples, LMSW

Starting end of September 2018!

Austin

Monday Evenings

7:30 - 9:00pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All gender and open to those that are need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Jessica Sprengle, LPC and Kate Peoples, LMSW

Starting end of September 2018!

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!

Referrals

As a national leader for connecting individuals struggling to resources for recovery, The Alliance gives hope to more than 5,000 individuals in crisis every year. Our national, interactive database, www.findEDhelp.com, includes eating disorder treatment options at all levels of care. In addition, you contact The Alliance directly for referral assistance in finding eating disorder treatment options at 866-662-1235 or email us at info@allianceforeatingdisorders.com.

Educating Communities

Education is crucial in the quest to eliminate the shame and stigma that surrounds mental illness, particularly eating disorders. It is estimated that 30 million Americans will experience an eating disorder at some point during their lifetime. Early intervention leads to better outcomes. To be able to intervene, on any level, you must have a basic understanding of the disease. The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness offers an extensive array of outreach and education programs addressing all eating disorders to health professionals/facilities, social services agencies/community organizations, and schools.

Health Professionals/Facilities

Given the high prevalence and severity of eating disorders, specialized training in early identification and treatment of eating disorders is essential. However, only a small percentage of medical and allied health professionals ever receive proper training. The Alliance has the ability to offer free presentations, with Continuing Education Units, for many licensed physical and mental health professionals. Goals for these trainings include how to screen, diagnose, and refer individuals for treatment. The training may be held at your facility.

Social Services Agencies / Religious Organizations

Approximately 30 million Americans will experience an eating disorder during their lifetime. Thus, the likelihood of someone, already utilizing your services, living with an eating disorder is probable. We can provide training for your staff or congregation to be able to further assist these individuals to find proper services and treatment.

Pre-Teens and Teens

We have developed programs suitable for upper elementary, middle, and high school students. Each of the programs is delivered by an Alliance staff member and is age appropriate for the audience. We can accommodate classroom groups and/or assembly style presentations at your location. Our focus for students is Body Image, Self Esteem, Social Media, and Eating Disorders. These programs are also suitable for camps, youth groups, and other student focused organizations.

College Students

Our presentations are appropriate for all undergraduate and graduate programs. We will work with each professor or campus organization to customize the training to the needs of the coursework or campus environment. The training is held at your facility.

Adults

Programming for the adult community varies based on the need and/or request of the audience. The Alliance maintains a library of over 75 presentations addressing a verity of issues as they relate to eating disorders. We will work with your group to individualize the educational components to be addressed in the presentation. The training is held at your facility.
Bring the Alliance to you

Florida Psychological Services

The Alliance created Psychological Services to increase access to care for the underinsured and uninsured. Critical to serving those in need, treatment costs are nominal and no one is turned away due to lack of funds. Our program does not restrict the amount of private sessions, with frequency and duration determined on a case-by-case basis, with most patients being seen once a week while other patients are seen multiple times per week.

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Advocacy

The Alliance is committed to the improvement of education, outreach, treatment and research of eating disorders. Regular trips to Washington D.C. and state capitals, letter writing campaigns, phone calls/emails, and training of other advocates are utilized to help be voices for change. Join us in using your voice for change!

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