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

Recovery support groups

Get recovery support in a safe space

For anyone living with an eating disorder or body image issue

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 are currently on Zoom while COVID-19 isolation measures are in place. In the meantime, we are offering personalised support through a small group video-conferencing format.


Hobart, Tasmania

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

  • Get support and learn from others’ experiences – you don’t need to do this alone.
  • Run by our facilitators who have a lived experience of an eating disorder or body image issues.

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
2020 dates: Mondays – 5 October, 2 November, 7 December

Registrations essential: email

Age: 18 years old and over.
Accessibility: When we meet face-to-face we are 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 support and guidance from others on the recovery journey and our specialist professional counsellors
  • Learn from others with similar experiences – you don’t need to do this alone!

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2020 dates: Tuesdays – 20 October, 17 November, 15 December

Registrations essential: email

Age: 18 years old and over.
Accessibility: When we meet again face-to-face, our address is Butterfly House, 103 Alexander Street, Crows Nest – a 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 recovery-focused and will discuss topics related to making positive change.

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

The Butterfly Foundation recognises 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.

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.

We welcome anyone experiencing body image issues or any eating disorder including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) and Disordered Eating.

If you are unsure if you are experiencing an eating disorder or have not been diagnosed please register and we’ll chat about the best option with you.

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


Meet the team

Michelle facilitates Sydney 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.

Jessica 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.

Mihaela facilitates recovery support groups.

Mihaela is a Counsellor with a holistic and integrative approach and has a Master’s Degree in Psychology with University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also a Systemic Family Constellations Facilitator and a Reiki Master Teacher, and has training in Yalom Process Group Psychotherapy, Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Mihaela also has lived experience of an eating disorder, having been recovered for 17 years.

Her journey in the field of eating disorders has begun in Croatia where she was an Eating Disorder prevention group facilitator, implementing a 10-week prevention program called “Who’s that in the mirror?” with young adolescent girls in high schools. She has also founded Support Groups for Eating Disorders in Croatia with NET+, now Centre BEA.

Mihaela also has experience with addictions and mental health issues in inpatient and outpatient setting, and she has been a Counsellor at The Butterfly Foundation since February 2018.

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.