BodyMatters is delighted to provide a variety of services to compliment therapy. In particular, we offer regular support groups on Saturday afternoons:

Click on the calendar below to register or find out more.

Commencing from February 2019 we will be running structured support groups for parents and carers on Monday nights. These alternate each month depending on the age of your loved one. Nourishing Parents is a 3x 2 hour program for parents of younger sufferers (aged 18 and under) who are undertaking Maudsley Family Therapy. Nourishing Carers is a 2x 3 hour program for parents, partners, adult siblings and adult children of adult sufferers and/ or younger sufferers who are not undertaking Maudsley Family Therapy. We also recommend to you our Parents and Partners Toolkit which is a useful resource you may benefit from.

Further, we host additional events periodically, including the LEAP workshop to improve your relationship with exercise, yoga and mindfulness courses and additional support services for carers. Forthcoming events below.

Feb
23
Sat
Recovery Talks
Feb 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

An intimate, small group presentation where a recovered individual shares about their eating disorder recovery. This presentation offers hope and insight to sufferers, parents, partners and health professionals trying to understand the recovery process. Our presenters are recovery champions who have volunteered to share their experience to help you. After they share their story, there will be the opportunity for a Q & A.

Given there is no one pathway to recovery, our Recovery Talks endevour to showcase a variety of eating disorder symptoms and recovery experiences. Ultimately we believe- and hope you take from our Recovery Talks- that recovery is always possible and usually occurs with through the combination of the right therapist, timing and treatment approach.

Our recovery champions are people we consider to be fully recovered. They have been educated about what may be helpful and what may be triggering for attendees to hear. Recovery Talks are moderated by at least one of our therapists.

Feb
24
Sun
Art therapy workshop – Narrative collage evening
Feb 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Art therapy workshop - Narrative collage evening @ BodyMatters

In this workshop you are invited to explore creatively using Art Therapy collage techniques to re-address our relationship to our bodies, and to the stories we tell ourselves.

This workshop will provide a safe and nurturing space to allow you to explore your own needs as the New Year begins, and your relationship to your body creatively, with the guidance of two experienced facilitators.

No prior art experience is necessary, you will be provided with all of the tools and imagery to create your own collage card to take home at the end of the workshop which can be used as a tool in healing and in reclaiming your story.

If you have ever been curious about art therapy or exploring body issues in a new & creative way this workshop is for you.

Mar
4
Mon
Nourishing Carers
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourishing Carers is a small semi-structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. The program was developed by the Centre for Clinical Education to help parents, carers and partners of adult sufferers to support their loved one through the recovery process. The aim is to provide guidance, education and support in facing the typical challenges experienced by parents, carers and partners in supporting a loved one. To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended participants attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week.

NB Minimum Numbers 3

Mar
9
Sat
Binge Eating Support Group
Mar 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

For anyone experiencing binge eating symptoms. We welcome people of all shapes and sizes. This is an unstructured support group.

Mar
11
Mon
Nourishing Carers
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourishing Carers is a small semi-structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. The program was developed by the Centre for Clinical Education to help parents, carers and partners of adult sufferers to support their loved one through the recovery process. The aim is to provide guidance, education and support in facing the typical challenges experienced by parents, carers and partners in supporting a loved one. To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended participants attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week.

NB Minimum Numbers 3

Mar
16
Sat
Recovery Support Group
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Anyone who identifies as being in recovery from an eating disorder is invited to attend. All shapes and sizes are welcome. This is an unstructured support group.

Mar
23
Sat
Recovery Talks
Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

An intimate, small group presentation where a recovered individual shares about their eating disorder recovery. This presentation offers hope and insight to sufferers, parents, partners and health professionals trying to understand the recovery process. Our presenters are recovery champions who have volunteered to share their experience to help you. After they share their story, there will be the opportunity for a Q & A.

Given there is no one pathway to recovery, our Recovery Talks endevour to showcase a variety of eating disorder symptoms and recovery experiences. Ultimately we believe- and hope you take from our Recovery Talks- that recovery is always possible and usually occurs with through the combination of the right therapist, timing and treatment approach.

Our recovery champions are people we consider to be fully recovered. They have been educated about what may be helpful and what may be triggering for attendees to hear. Recovery Talks are moderated by at least one of our therapists.

Apr
1
Mon
Nourishing Parents
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourishing Parents is a small semi-structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. The program was developed by Belinda Caldwell, Carer Consumer Consultant & the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders, in conjunction with the Austin Hospital, Melbourne to help parents of young people newly diagnosed with an Eating Disorder to get a “head start” on Family Based Therapy. The aim is to provide guidance, education and support in facing the challenges of FBT for families about to commence treatment. To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended parents attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week.

NB Minimum Numbers 3

Apr
8
Mon
Nourishing Parents
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourishing Parents is a small semi-structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. The program was developed by Belinda Caldwell, Carer Consumer Consultant & the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders, in conjunction with the Austin Hospital, Melbourne to help parents of young people newly diagnosed with an Eating Disorder to get a “head start” on Family Based Therapy. The aim is to provide guidance, education and support in facing the challenges of FBT for families about to commence treatment. To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended parents attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week.

NB Minimum Numbers 3

Apr
13
Sat
Binge Eating Support Group
Apr 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

For anyone experiencing binge eating symptoms. We welcome people of all shapes and sizes. This is an unstructured support group.