A place to share or just to listen – in a non-judgmental atmosphere – with people who have experiences helping a loved one recover from an eating disorder. This mutual aid group provides: support and encouragement; information on how and where to get help; insights on books and electronic media; special guest speakers such as therapists and dietitians; and suggestions about how to take care of yourself while helping your loved one.
We are continuing with virtual Zoom meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30pm.
To receive a link to join a meeting, please email us at email@example.com.
January 13, 2022 – We welcome back Janet Lovegrove RN, BSCN, MSC to share the stories of healing from an eating disorder using the Life Process Transformation program developed by Viola Fodor (ED Therapist and author of Desperately Seeking Self). Janet has provided training in this program and supported those struggling in their challenging ED journey towards being the person they want to be. (www.Janetlovegrove.com)
January 27 – Open discussion and sharing
February 9 – Note: this is a Wednesday night that will replace our February 10 Support Group meeting. We encourage you to join the virtual FACES event (7:00 to 8:30), organized annually by the Waterloo Wellington Eating Disorders Coalition to recognize Eating Disorders Awareness Week. A panel of individuals will share stories of their recovery journey. More information about how to register will be available in January.
February 24 – This session is cancelled.
March 10 – We welcome Shelley Restall, MSW, individual and family therapist specializing in treating anxiety, stress, trauma and eating disorders. In her private practice, Shelley not only includes CBT and DBT strategies but also EFT-tapping. Shelley will present EFFT strategies on managing feelings in conflict situations. Check her website at www.shelleyrestallcounselling.com for more information.
March 24 – Open discussion and sharing
April 7 – Note: this meeting is rescheduled for the 1st rather than the 2nd Thursday of the month. Carrie Holtz, MSW, and Counsellor at WLU will be our guest presenter. Carrie will share her experience having a family member with an ongoing eating disorder and how setting healthy boundaries nurtures the relationship and promotes recovery. Carrie also has a private practice – check out her website at www.flourishwithcompassion.com
April 28 – Open discussion and sharing
May 12 – Our guest presenter will be Marg Notar, MSW and faculty member at WLU’s School of Social Work. Marg has had a long history of promoting awareness and education about eating disorders, having founded a Waterloo Region Coalition which provided many services, including professional development. Marg’s focus will be Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which she finds most helpful in the therapy she provides in her private practice.
May 26 – Open discussion and sharing
June 9 – Open discussion and sharing
June 23 – We are fortunate to have Shelley Restall, MSW and Therapist, return to our group. This will be an opportunity to review EFFT (Emotion Focused Family Therapy) that Shelley presented to us in March and to highlight some strategies including managing feelings in conflict situations. Bring your questions. Shelley’s website: www.shelleyrestallcounselling.com
July 28 – Open discussion and sharing
August 25 – Our guest presenter will be Carla Waites, retired teacher and currently President at Mindfulness Everyday. Carla gives numerous workshops that are highly regarded. Her focus will be how to be compassionate and soothing to ourselves, especially in difficult times.
September 8 – We welcome Christina Hyland (She/Her) PhD Candidate, MSW, RHN, EDIT. Her website is www.gutinstinctsnutrition.ca Along with her own personal healing from an ED, she is currently a therapist in the ED field while soon to be completing her PhD in the area of homeless youth who have eating disorders.
September 22 – This session is cancelled.
October 13 – Open discussion and sharing
October 27 – Our guest presenter will be Shanna Braden, an MSW with 20 years of experience in the field of children’s mental health. Working from an attachment perspective, her focus is on helping parents strengthen their connection with their child. Shanna will describe the function of attachment and why it is fundamental to healthy human development. Included will be principles that help us make sense of children’s behaviour, and in turn help us respond in ways that meet our loved-ones needs and strengthen our relationship. Check her website for further information: www.shannabradenmsw.ca
November 10 – We are fortunate to have Shelagh Keesmaat, registered psychotherapist (RP) and recreation therapist (R/TRO), join us. Shelagh recently began working in private practice with Flourish Psychotherapy Services serving adults (18+) via virtual therapy. Previously during her 25+ years at Homewood Health Centre, Shelagh supported clients coping with the challenges of mental health, addictions and eating disorders. She combines psychotherapy and recreation therapy to help clients navigate body image concerns, foster a sense of belonging, (re)discover joyful movement and cultivate a fulfilling life.
November 24 – Open discussion and sharing
December 9 – Guest presenter TBA
We have started a YouTube channel to provide clients with tips for staying on track with recovery through these unprecedented times: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKztylT8IWPK4mFVk55koUQ
Here are some resources from around the globe that may be helpful in maintaining you eating disorder recovery journey through the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Butterfly Foundation:
This is an Australian website with helpful ideas about dealing with an eating disorder in the midst of COVID-19
Beat Eating Disorders:
This charity from the UK has additional information about managing an eating disorder through COVID-19
This Hamilton-based charitable organization is offering online education and support groups for a minimal cost
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC):
Canada’s support service with headquarters in Toronto is posting links to many helpful resources. They also offer a Helpline Monday to Friday: 1-866-NEDIC-20
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy:
This website includes resources for parents supporting a loved one with an eating disorder which are particularly helpful with learning communication skills in these difficult, emotion-filled times.
Skill-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method, Second Edition, 2017 by Dr. Janet Treasure
This book is full of many practical suggestions for helping a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder.