In addition to the groups held here at MEDA, many of our professional members offer group sessions outside of MEDA. Please click on any name to be redirected to their page. We recommend calling each provider to learn more about their groups.
Alice Rosen: The No-diet weekend workshop – The Conscious Cafe. This experiential workshop, held in a serene, natural setting, is a supportive opportunity to rediscover what you innately know….. when, what and how much to eat. You will learn mindful eating skills for recognizing hunger and fullness, distinguishing between nutritional and emotional hunger, and learn to feed yourself with greater ease and enjoyment. You will reach a deeper understanding of why you stuff your feelings with food as well as how to develop compassionate alternatives.” $350 + $50 for audio companion.
Amy Gardner: Meal Support Group in Newton and Intuitive Eating Groups in Newton and Framingham. Call for more information.
Anna Hogeland: Eating disorders have a way of effecting every aspect of our lives: our relationships, our careers/academics, and our mood, bodies and health. It can feel very isolating and hopeless if nobody can relate to the toll the disorder is taking on you. In this group, you will be able to connect with others who are also struggling with eating disorders, who can understand the pain of the disorder and the challenges of recovery. This group will be facilitated by Anna Hogeland, a LICSW and clinician at Colony Care Behavioral Health. Ms. Hogeland has a specialization in treating eating disorders, and she is recovered herself. Session costs $45/group.
CNC360: Group therapy. Contact for more information.
Deb Schachter: Recoverying ourselves group – Long-term, psychodynamic groups integrating in mind/body, Internal Family Systems, DBT and body image work.
- Monday 6-7:10pm Ages 21+
- Wednesday 6-7pm Ages 25+
- Thursday 6-7:10 Ages 40+, all groups are mixed diagnosis
Denise Peaslee: Feeding the Soul – Emotional Eating support group
Warning – Reflections in this mirror may be distorted by your inner critic! Care to glimpse into how your inner food system pulses? Meet defiant, scheming, rebellious, hurting, and angry food parts that deflate your self-esteem? Validate their tireless efforts and unrelenting ability to show up for you? Unload vats of frustration and helplessness that long for comfort through food while you repair broken relationships within? Our relationship with food is more dependent on a loving, compassionate relationship with the parts of us that are involved in food choices and body image than any other tool used in mindfulness or nutrition counseling. By creating a loving relationship with our food parts, by unblending from their thoughts, ideas and intentions for us, you begin to make clearer and more informed choices related to lifestyle actions. In this workshop, touch into your abandoned body with yoga to experience sensation as parts of communicating with you: meditations creates a deeper connection to inner wisdom and self-energy; and through experiential exercises, you stimulate fuller knowing of your inner food critics. Intuitive group listening nudges awake self-compassion. *Wear comfortable clothes for movement. Bring a mat if you have one.
Heidi Schauster: The No Diet Book Clubs are therapeutic book clubs that meet every other week in Somerville, MA (near Porter and Davis Squares) to discuss books on mindful, intuitive eating and living together. They are small groups that consist of individuals recovering from disordered eating who support one another in community as they read together. The group is facilitated by nutrition therapist and author Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, who has been working in the field of eating disorders for 20 years. Groups meet on alternate Monday evenings at 6:30 or alternate Saturdays at 10am. There is a fall/winter book series and a winter/spring book series, with monthly drop-in groups over the summer. Call 617-877-2202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Jean Fain: Self-Compassion Based Eating Awareness Training and Mindful Eating Support Group. Jean Fain’s in-person and on-line groups teach you how to curb overeating, feel your hunger, trust your taste buds and become deeply satisfied with the quality, rather than quantity, of food. All of which helps you eat less and weigh less without dieting. The in-person groups are for participants local to Concord, MA. The on-line groups are conducted via Skype for everyone, everywhere with everyday eating issues as well as those who prefer meeting on-line. For more information, visit her website.
Jesine O’Gara: DBT skills group.
Jyoti Daniere: Monday nights 6-7:30 for women with eating disorders ages 21-35
Karin Lewis: Bi-Monthly Eating Disorder Support Group (Boston) This bi-monthly group is free and open to anyone who may be struggling with an eating disorder. This group provides a safe space to talk about your challenges, fears & triumphs….and to take your life back. Family and loved ones are encouraged to attend. The group will run every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Guests are required to show Photo ID and pre-registration is MANDATORY for entry into each group. We ask that you (and any guests) register prior to each group even if you are unsure if you can attend.
Monthly Eating Disorder Support Group (Providence, RI) Free Open Monthly Eating Disorder Support Group offering a unique perspective on recovery with professional and peer support from two recovered women.This group will be held the second Saturday of each month from 10am-11:30am at Be Collaborative Care located at 439 Benefit St. Providence, RI. This group is free and open to the public.
Laura Douglass: Yoga class, Monday 6-7:30
Lisa DuBreuil: Eating Disorder recovery group. Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am. Group runs on 8-week blocks. $20 per group – $160 for the entire 8-weeks.
Liz Fayram: Yoga of Eating
Louise Valiquette: Wednesday 8-9:15 pm, ongoing mixed Eating and Body Image Issues group, 12 week minimum requirement, initial assessment required. Ages 21+.
Maria Mellano: Healing in Action
Renée Hoekstra: Weekly ongoing adolescent groups in Stoneham, MA address not only the developmental challenges of high school but provide consistent peer support for depression, anxiety, and other issues of clinical focus. Teens are admitted all from different high schools and do not know each other coming into the group. This increases a sense of confidentiality and allows teens to navigate problematic or complex peer relationships in the school system. Because the nature of the groups is ongoing, DBT skills are not taught in a psycho-educational manner and the groups are not primarily driven by content. (Group cohesion and reduced social isolation is a priority over the typical structured classroom style group). Skills are reviewed more organically in the context of problem solving, making wise decisions, identifying and tolerating strong emotions, and giving and receiving feedback. More information on the teen groups can be found at www.reneehoekstra.com.
Rosemary Duffy: Emotional eating
Sara Hart: 20 week DBT Skills Training. Call (413) 841-1678 for more information
Sarah Patten: Meal support series. Currently takes place on Tuesday evening from 7-8:15 for 5 consecutive weeks. Limited to 6 participants/session. Contact for more information
Van Dusen Nutrition: This 6 week group is for women ages 16+ who are struggling with a negative relationship with exercise. The group is designed for those who over-exercise, describe exercise as obligatory, obsessive or compulsive, or define themselves as an exercise addict. Participants will evaluate their relationships with exercise and begin the process of redefining exercise to be a more balanced component of life.The group will run Thursdays – 1/10/18, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14 from 6:15-7:30 pm. Please call 781-343-1592 or email email@example.com to schedule an assessment or for further information.
- Jesine O’Gara – Needham
- Middle Path – Arlington
- Renée Hoekstra – Back Bay: Weekly ongoing adult groups incorporate DBT skill content in a flexible, small group setting. Clients are strongly encouraged to self-identify with the criteria listed on the home page of my website: www.reneehoekstra.com. They will be expected to complete the entire pre-screening process and need to purchase the newest DBT skill book by Marsha Linehan. A syllabus is provided and there is content/ homework every week.
- Triad Adolescent Services – Lexington