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

A support group is a space where you can feel free to discuss topics related to your friend or loved one’s recovery from body image issues or eating disorders. Our face-to-face carer support groups are for carers 18 years or older.

  • Get strength and support from others who are on the same journey
  • Our facilitators have experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder
  • Registration is essential. Please enquire or register through registration form below.

If you are looking for answers to specific practical questions around eating disorder recovery, you can also contact the Butterfly Helpline.

 Note: Our face-to-face programs are on Zoom while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Tasmania

Where: CURRENTLY ONLINE (ZOOM)
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dates:  Third Tuesday of every month – 21 September, 19 October, 16 November, 21 December, 2021
Fee: FREE (thanks to the Tasmanian Department of Health).

REGISTER now

New South Wales

Where: CURRENTLY ONLINE (ZOOM)
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dates: Wednesdays – 29 September, 27 October, 24 November, 22 December 2021
Fee: FREE (while held online during COVID-19 restrictions)

REGISTER now

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.

Meet our New South Wales carer support groups team

Archana is Butterfly’s Support Programs Coordinator.

Archana coordinates and facilitates Butterfly’s recovery and carer programs and support groups.

Prior to this role, she worked at the Butterfly National 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.”

Meet our Tasmania carer support groups team

Georgina facilitates Hobart recovery and carer support groups.

Georgina is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, passionate about health, nutrition, and positive body image.

She grew up in Tasmania, and knew from a young age that she wanted to work in this sector.

She studied a Bachelor of Health Science at UTAS before moving to the ACT to complete her Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Since graduating in 2017 she has worked as a dietitian in the community, at Calvary Hospital and in private practice. She is very passionate about her current work with Butterfly, as she believes helping those struggling find support and the right care is so important.

She believe every BODY deserves to be well nourished and loved, and is a dream come true to work with this organisation

When not working, you can find Georgina exploring the beautiful island state, taking a dance class or performing in a musical.

Hobart support groups are supported by the Crown, through the Tasmanian Department of Health. 

Rebecca facilitates Hobart carer support groups.

Rebecca has lived experience as a carer for her daughter who developed an eating disorder at 19.  Both Rebecca and her ex-husband work in the medical field, but they became frustrated at the difficulties of finding the right care for their daughter.

Rebecca and her daughter relocated to Sydney for 10 months following her daughters’ hospitalisation and participated in Butterfly’s Intensive Outpatient Program. Rebecca’s daughter is now 22, traveling the recovery road and doing well.

Despite the move to Sydney helping Rebecca and her daughter it was isolating to be far from home. This has led Rebecca to join as a support group facilitator because she is passionate about improving the availability of care to Tasmanian’s experiencing eating disorders.  She brings compassion and understanding to the support groups by providing experience-based support to carers.

Hobart support groups are supported by the Crown, through the Tasmanian Department of Health

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

ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

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.

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