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.
Where: CURRENTLY ONLINE (ZOOM)
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dates: Third Tuesday of every month
15th March, 19th April, 17th May, 21st June, 19th July, 16th August, 20th September, 18th October, 15th November, 20th December, 2022
Fee: FREE (Thanks to support by the Crown through the Tasmanian Department of Health.)
New South Wales
Where: ONLINE (ZOOM)
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dates: Third Wednesday of every month
19th January,16th February, 16th March, 20th April, 18th May, 22nd June, 20th July, 17th August, 21st September, 19th October, 16th November, 21st December, 2022
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
Magda facilitates the Carer Support Group
As a counsellor on the National Butterfly Helpline, Magda facilitates various programs. These include ‘Understanding Eating Disorder Recovery’ online course helping carers to develop practical skills to help their loved one navigate recovery, alongside online weekly recovery support groups for lived experience.
As a registered PAFCA member, Magda holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science and Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Working within a holistic framework and process-oriented approach to assist those navigating various challenges along recovery and relapse.
Jessica co-facilitates Recovery Support Groups
Jessica has been a counsellor on the Butterfly National Helpline for over four years and also has taken on the additional role as a support group facilitator.
As a counsellor, Jessica understands the complex nature of eating disorders and uses her counselling skills to guide people with lived experiences.
Dedicated and passionate about working with eating disorders, Jessica is guided by her compassionate and curious nature to support those in need.
Jessica works to help you connect to your inner “nourishing-self” to realise your full potential, one that she believes is fully deserved.
Through her work she hopes to increase understanding and available support for people experiencing eating disorders.
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