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 8:30. To receive a link to join a meeting, please email us at email@example.com
September 23 – Special guests are Carla Giddings and Saba Malik, both Occupational Therapists working with CMHA’s Eating Disorders Treatment Program. They will provide a guided discussion (PowerPoint) about how an OT facilitates clients managing transitions, whether within their recovery goals or triggered by life changes such as starting a new school year.
October 14 – Open discussion and sharing
October 28 – Our guest presenter will be Candy MacNeil, a highly respected therapist in private practice in Guelph. Candy encourages family involvement in therapy and she brings a wealth of skill and experience treating those struggling with eating disorders. Candy’s focus will be how Radically Open – Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) is helpful in challenging over-control and rigidity. Check her website at www.whatseatingyou.com for further resources.
November 11 – Open discussion and sharing
November 25 – We are fortunate to have Alison Elliott, MSW, join us to describe overlaps between ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ED (Eating Disorders). In particular she will present resources for parents when supporting their loved one. Alison is a therapist with many years of experience and currently has a private practice in Cambridge.
December 9 – Our guest presenter is Therese Kenny, PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at University of Guelph. Therese has a special interest in treating eating disorders having herself recovered from one. Her research has focused on the value of learning from ‘lived experience’. She will include in her presentation the particular challenges of holidays and their associated stresses for those struggling with eating disorders.
December 23 – Open discussion and sharing
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 – Open discussion and sharing
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. Check her website at www.shelleyrestallcounselling.com for more information.
March 24 – Open discussion and sharing
Meetings continue – on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings of the month (7:00 – 8:30). Guest presenters 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.