Eating Disorder Carers Support Group

Birchtree Centre Group Room, 58 Parramatta Road, Forest Lodge.


Saturdays fortnightly,  2-3:30pm

Next term starting soon, dates TBC please register your interest via the form below to be updated


$65 per person, per group session

$110 per couple, per group session

Coming Soon!

Please register your interest by filling out the form below to receive more details about this group, including the start date.

Our Eating Disorder Carers Support Group will run fortnightly. There will be two therapists who look after and guide the group through conversational psycho-education and peer support discussions. The aim of the group is to bring people together who are going through or have gone through similar experiences, to provide members with a safe community, enhance skills for providing care, develop knowledge, and enable carers to feel supported.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Age 17+
  • Providing care for persons living with eating disorders (AN, BN, BED, ARFID or OSFED), including those persons living with an eating disorder who have recovered
  • Living in Sydney metro or rural NSW
  • Able to commit to attending support group face to face at least once per month
  • Commitment to participating in the group
  • Carers of any gender are welcome, carers who are gender diverse, non-binary or who identify as non-gendered

About the Facilitators

John Hristoforidis
John Hristoforidis
Clinical Social Worker

John is a compassionate and skillful group facilitator with a non-judgemental and warm approach. John is attentive and attuned to people’s needs with a strong background in developing and facilitating groups across Government and Non-Government organisations including mental health settings and community organisations. Using a narrative based approach with a focus on language and metaphors in combination with education and skills based learning, the group aims to empower participants with the knowledge and skillset to provide better care for their loved ones, while feeling connected with their body and mind, and having an opportunity for support with others in the group. John firmly believes that by bearing witness to others stories in a safe and supportive environment, the mind begins to open to unique experiences, personal growth and resilience building; humans are social beings – to survive and thrive we need to connect with others to make better sense of ourselves, each other and the world around us.

Melissa Scott
Melissa Scott
Social Work Student

Melissa is in her final year of completing her Master of Social Work Student at Western Sydney University. She completed her undergraduate degree with majors in sociology, human rights, and gender studies at the University of Connecticut in the United States. Melissa has experience working with alcohol, addiction, groups, and children.

Melissa is currently completing her final placement of her studies for five months with us at Birchtree Centre. She is constantly learning and hopes to utilise her prior experience and knowledge as a foundation for learning more about her future practice and how to best rely on a person-centred, collaborative, trauma informed approach.

Register your interest in the ED Carers Support Group

Please do NOT use a yahoo email address as they are not supported by our system.
e.g. parent, partner