Talk to someone now. Call our National Helpline on 1800 33 4673. You can also chat online or email

Talk to someone now. Call our National Helpline on 1800 33 4673. You can also chat online or email

Carer support groups

Get help with self-care while supporting a friend or family member

The support group is a space where people can feel free to discuss topics related to recovery from disordered eating. This is a space for people to provide and receive social support so that they can feel heard and understood. The support group does not replace treatment by a trained professional. As such, if you were wanting to get answers to specific practical questions around eating disorder recovery, it is best to either direct them to your treating professionals or contact the Butterfly Helpline.

 Note: all our face-to-face programs will be on Zoom while COVID-19 isolation measures are in place. You will receive personalised support through a small group video-conferencing format.

Hobart, Tasmania

If you would like more information about this support group kindly email:

  • Get strength and support from others who are on the same journey
  • Our facilitators have experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder.

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
2020 dates: Monday 12 October, Monday 9 November, Tuesday 8 December

*Please note: While the Tasmania carer support group is usually held on the second Tuesday of every month, the October and November group will be held on Mondays when the Collaborative Care Skills Workshop is in session.

Registrations essential: email

Age: 18 years old and over.
Accessibility: When we meet again face-to-face, we are located in Hobart CBD near Franklin Square.
Fee: FREE (while held online during COVID-19 restrictions)

Supported by the Crown, through the Tasmanian Department of Health. 


Sydney, NSW

If you would like more information about this support group kindly email:

  • Get strength and support from others who are on the same journey and our specialist clinicians
  • Learn from others with similar experiences – you don’t need to do this alone!

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2020 dates: Wednesdays – 30 September, 28 October, 25 November, 16 December

Registrations essential: email

Age: 18 years old and over.
Accessibility: When we meet face-to-face we are at Butterfly House, 103 Alexander Avenue, Crows Nest, 12min walk from St. Leonards Station and 2 min walk from Willoughby Rd buses 257 and 343.  There is on-street parking in surrounding streets.
Fee: FREE (while held online during COVID-19 restrictions)

Frequently asked questions

You will be welcomed into an accepting space. The group is focused on how best to support your loved one through their recovery journey and will discuss topics related to making positive change and self-care.

There is no set discussion and participants are encouraged to share their own experiences as honestly and as safely as they feel comfortable. You are welcome to listen if you are not ready to speak. The shared experience of the group relies on a willingness to show compassion to others and oneself.

What is said in the group stays in the group. Your privacy and confidentiality are respected.

The Butterfly Foundation recognises that eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of race, colour, culture, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or gender identity.  Our services are an inclusive and safe space for all members of our community.

If you are unsure whether a loved one is experiencing an eating disorder or has not been diagnosed you are welcome to come along.

Can’t attend our face-to-face support groups? We also have support groups online for anyone, anywhere in Australia.


Meet the team

Michelle facilitates recovery and carer support groups.

Michelle is a registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. A highly-experienced eating disorder clinician, Michelle often facilitates our groups, and is Manager of Butterfly’s Recovery Support Services.

Having worked in a wide range of settings including individual counselling and recovery and carer support groups and programs, Michelle also provides carer support services to the IOP Family Day and support counselling for Butterfly events featuring speakers with a lived experience.

Michelle is trained in evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Family Based Therapy (FBT) and Narrative Therapy.

Michelle uses a holistic approach to treatment and is passionate about working with carers and lived experience, advocating that full recovery is possible.

Archana is Butterfly’s Support Programs Coordinator.

She coordinates and facilitates recovery and carer programs and support groups.

Prior to this role, Archana has been a Counsellor at the Butterfly Foundation Helpline for three years.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Science (Counselling) and is currently finishing her Masters of Psychotherapy and Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

She has training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Archana is committed to providing people experiencing eating disorders and their carers a safe and collaborative space to gain insight into their thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to live a flourishing life

Katie co-facilitates the Carer support group.

She currently works on the National Butterfly Helpline as a counsellor, which includes facilitating the ‘Understanding Eating Disorder Recovery’ online course helping Carers to develop practical skills to help their loved one through recovery.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts-Psychological Science, a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and is currently completing a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Katie is passionate about offering Carers insight into the complex nature of Eating Disorders and working with them to develop the important skills of self-care and supporting their loved one’s recovery.”

Let’s talk

Whether you need support for yourself or someone you care about, call our free and confidential Helpline on 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673), chat online or email.