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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, weekly, clinician-led eating disorder 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.

Frequently asked questions and more information about The Alliance’s support groups can be found here.

Please use the guide below to find local support groups. Please refer to our Facebook for any group cancellations or changes.

Virtual

Friends and Family

Friends and Family: Virtual Support for Loved Ones
Online: Zoom registration required.

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Friends and Family

Family and Friends Group, Wednesday Evenings

7:00 PM EST

Friends & Family check-in groups are 1.5 hours and are open to loved ones of individuals who are experiencing and/or on the journey from eating disorders.

To register – http://bit.ly/AEDA_Chat_With_Johanna_FF.

Registration closes 1.5 hours before the check-in, and you will be emailed the link to join the check-in at that time.

Individual

Individual: Virtual Support for Adults 18+
Online: Zoom registration required.

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Individual

Individual Pro-Recovery, Monday Evenings

7:00 PM EST

Pro-Recovery check-ins are open to individuals, ages 18+, who are experiencing and/or are on the journey to recovery from an eating disorder.

To register – http://bit.ly/AEDA_Chat_With_Johanna.

Registration closes 1.5 hours before the check-in, and you will be emailed the link to join the check-in at that time.

Individual Pro-Recovery, Saturday Mornings

11:00 AM EST

Pro-Recovery check-ins are open to individuals, ages 18+, who are  experiencing and/or are on the journey to recovery from an eating disorder.

To register – http://bit.ly/AEDA_Chat_With_Johanna_Saturdays.

Registration closes 1.5 hours before the check-in, and you will be emailed the link to join the check-in at that time.

Friends and Family

Family and Friends Group, Wednesday Evenings

7:00 PM EST

Friends & Family check-in groups are 1.5 hours and are open to loved ones of individuals who are experiencing and/or on the journey from eating disorders.

To register – http://bit.ly/AEDA_Chat_With_Johanna_FF.

Registration closes 1.5 hours before the check-in, and you will be emailed the link to join the check-in at that time.

Individual

Individual Pro-Recovery, Monday Evenings

7:00 PM EST

Pro-Recovery check-ins are open to individuals, ages 18+, who are experiencing and/or are on the journey to recovery from an eating disorder.

To register – http://bit.ly/AEDA_Chat_With_Johanna.

Registration closes 1.5 hours before the check-in, and you will be emailed the link to join the check-in at that time.

Individual Pro-Recovery, Saturday Mornings

11:00 AM EST

Pro-Recovery check-ins are open to individuals, ages 18+, who are  experiencing and/or are on the journey to recovery from an eating disorder.

To register – http://bit.ly/AEDA_Chat_With_Johanna_Saturdays.

Registration closes 1.5 hours before the check-in, and you will be emailed the link to join the check-in at that time.

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.

St. Petersburg

Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
2612 12th St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

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St. Petersburg

Wednesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitators: Samantha Winton, PHD, Katy Rosini, MSW, MPH, and Cherie Monarch

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

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 experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitator: Joann Hendelman, PhD, RN, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN

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: Megan Whelan, LMHC and Kristina Martinez, RMHCI, RMFTI

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

Maitland

Maitland Presbyterian Church
341 North Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751

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Maitland

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: Amanda Wiegert, LMHC, NCC and Samantha Brewer, MS

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

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 12+.
Facilitators: Teona Kim Alexander, RMHCI and Renee Cherowitz, LMHC

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.

Orlando

University Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
11648 McCulloch Road
Orlando, Florida 32817

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Orlando

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: Brandi Godbee, LMHC and Rebecca Dornan, 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.

St. Petersburg

Wednesday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitators: Samantha Winton, PHD, Katy Rosini, MSW, MPH, and Cherie Monarch

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

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 experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitator: Joann Hendelman, PhD, RN, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN

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: Megan Whelan, LMHC and Kristina Martinez, RMHCI, RMFTI

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

Maitland

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: Amanda Wiegert, LMHC, NCC and Samantha Brewer, MS

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

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 12+.
Facilitators: Teona Kim Alexander, RMHCI and Renee Cherowitz, LMHC

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.

Orlando

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: Brandi Godbee, LMHC and Rebecca Dornan, RMHCI

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

Indiana

Indiana

Alliance Support Group Space
3914 New Vision Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46845

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Indiana

Tuesday Evenings

6:30-8:00PM

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Laura Oyer, PhD HSPP and Sarah Visley, MA.

Thursday Evenings

6:30-8:00PM

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitators: Brittany Swygart, RDN, LD and Kerri Guadagni, Doctoral Psychology Intern.

Indiana

Tuesday Evenings

6:30-8:00PM

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Laura Oyer, PhD HSPP and Sarah Visley, MA.

Thursday Evenings

6:30-8:00PM

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitators: Brittany Swygart, RDN, LD and Kerri Guadagni, Doctoral Psychology Intern.

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

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

New Jersey

New Jersey

Encouraging Kids Family Resource Center
281 Lawrenceville-Pennington Road
Pennington, NJ 08534

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New Jersey

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitators: Renee Sudol, LCSW and Chrystie Obie, LCSW

New Jersey

Tuesday Evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitators: Renee Sudol, LCSW and Chrystie Obie, LCSW

New York

New York

Simple Studios NYC
134 West 29th Street, Floor 2
New York, NY 10001

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New York

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitators: Elizabeth Gleyzer, PsyD and Rachel Rifkin, LMHC

Tuesday Evening

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: Rachel Rifkin, LMHC and Julie Mirliss LMSW.

New York

Monday Evenings

7:00-8:30pm

Friends and Family Support Group

This group allows family and friends of those experiencing eating disorders to come together and gain support and information. This group allows attendees to express their feelings and give each other support & encouragement. Ages 12+

Facilitators: Elizabeth Gleyzer, PsyD and Rachel Rifkin, LMHC

Tuesday Evening

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: Rachel Rifkin, LMHC and Julie Mirliss LMSW.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Paoli United Methodist Church
81 Devon Road
Paoli, PA 19301

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Pennsylvania

Monday Evenings

6:30-8:00pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Jennifer Donovan, LCSW and Laura DiNunzio, LPC, CEDS

 

Pennsylvania

Monday Evenings

6:30-8:00pm

Pro-Recovery Eating Disorder Support Group

All genders and open to those that are in need of support. Adults 18+.
Facilitators: Jennifer Donovan, LCSW and Laura DiNunzio, LPC, CEDS

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, including our national one day EDucational Training Days, 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 varity 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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Southern Smash

Founded in November 2012 by McCall Dempsey, Southern Smash was created to fill a silent void in our society. Poor body image and negative self-talk have sadly become a cultural norm. Through its unique and empowering scale smashing event and SmashTALK panel discussions, the Southern Smash program aims to educate the public about eating disorders and empower individuals to celebrate and embrace true beauty and self-love. Southern Smash joined forces with The Alliance in mid-2019 to maximize its impact and work together to SMASH the stigma.

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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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