Group Therapy, Support + Yoga

The Swan Centre runs a range of Support Groups for:

  • Individuals experiencing an eating disorder; and
  • Loved ones and carers of those experiencing an eating disorder.

Support Groups for Individuals Experiencing an ED

Our Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders Online Support Group provides a warm and understanding space for individuals facing persistent eating disorder challenges and who have experienced an eating disorder for a duration of 7 years or more.

In this group, you can connect with others who share similar experiences and draw upon their support, insights, and expertise.

This group offers an open and compassionate space where you can freely discuss your struggles, reflect on current challenges, and explore effective coping tools. This groups strives to create a supportive environment that fosters growth, healing, and a sense of belonging.

This group is run by our Lived Experience Clinician and is run monthly on the first Wednesday of every month from 6.30pm – 8pm. Sessions are held online.

Spaces are limited to 10 people and the cost is $25 per person.

Our Binge Eating Support Group is specifically designed to support individuals facing the challenges of binge eating, regardless of where they are on their recovery journey. We warmly welcome those who struggle with binge eating, as well as those dealing with thoughts of binge eating and individuals using compensatory behaviours alongside their binge eating struggles.

This online support group offers a non-judgmental and understanding space where you can connect with others who share similar experiences. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment that encourages growth, healing, and empowerment throughout your recovery process.

This group is run by our Lived Experience Clinician and is run monthly on the second Wednesday of every month from 6.30pm – 8pm. Sessions are held online.

Spaces are limited to 10 people and the cost is $25 per person

Our SharED Meal Support Group is specifically designed to support individuals (18 years and up, current clients only) who need additional support with eating.

This online support group offers a non-judgmental and understanding space where you can connect with others who share similar experiences. The group allows you the opportunity to have a meal in a relaxed social environment, followed by post-meal activities, recovery-oriented discussions and the chance to learn new skills to support you with your recovery journey.

This group is run weekly on Tuesdays, 12.30-1.30pm. Sessions are held online.

Spaces are limited. Your first session is free, with subsequent sessions $30 per person, per session.

Useful Information

To register for any of our groups, click here to sign up

For more information on Group Therapy or Yoga, submit enquiry below, contact Swan Centre reception on 9382 8775 or email groups@swancentre.com.au

Support Groups for Loved Ones

Our Under 18’s Carers and Loved Ones Support Group is a dedicated monthly drop-in group for parents and loved ones of children and adolescents with eating disorders. At the Swan Centre, we understand the challenges and heartaches that come with witnessing a young person’s struggle with an eating disorder. Our mission is to create a safe and compassionate space where caregivers can find solace, guidance, and camaraderie during these difficult times.

Navigating the complexities of an eating disorder in a loved one can be overwhelming, leaving parents and caregivers feeling isolated and unsure of how best to offer support. Our support group aims to bridge this gap by providing a non-judgmental platform for sharing experiences, insights, and coping strategies.
This group seeks to facilitate:

  • Empathy and Understanding: Connect with others who share similar experiences, knowing that you’re not alone in your journey. Our supportive community is here to listen and offer genuine understanding.
  • Expert Guidance: Led by an experienced mental health professional specialising in eating disorders, the support group sessions offer valuable insights, evidence-based information, and practical advice for navigating challenges.
  • Safe Environment: The support group meetings are confidential spaces where participants can freely express their feelings, fears, and frustrations without judgment or criticism.
  • Exchange of Resources: Benefit from a wealth of resources, including recommended reading materials, educational content, and information about professional treatment options.
  • Self-Care and Coping Strategies: Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder can take a toll on caregivers’ well-being. Our support group emphasises the importance of self-care and equips participants with effective coping strategies to manage stress and emotions.
  • Celebrating Progress: Share moments of progress, big or small, and find encouragement in the successes of others, promoting a sense of hope and resilience.
  • Building Resilient Bonds: Strengthen your relationships with your loved one as you gain a deeper understanding of their struggles and needs.

This group is run by an experienced Eating Disorders Clinician and is run monthly on the first Tuesday of every month from 6.30pm – 8pm. Sessions are held online.

Spaces are limited to 10 people and the cost is $25 per person.

Note: Your loved one does not have to be a client of the Swan Centre for you to attend this group.

Our Over 18’s Partners and Loved Ones Support Group is a dedicated monthly drop-in support group service catering to partners and loved ones of individuals over 18 who are facing the challenges of eating disorders, including severe and enduring eating disorders (10+ years).

We understand that witnessing a loved one’s battle with an eating disorder can be emotionally taxing, and our support group is designed to offer a nurturing and empathetic space where caregivers can find the support they need. At the Swan Centre, we recognise the significant impact eating disorders can have on the lives of partners and loved ones. Our purpose is to provide a safe and understanding environment where you can share your experiences, access valuable resources, and connect with others who are on a similar journey.

This group seeks to facilitate:

  • A Supportive Community: Connect with fellow partners and loved ones who understand the complexities of supporting someone with an eating disorder. Our community provides a compassionate space where you can share your thoughts, feelings, and challenges without judgment.
  • Expert-Led Discussions: Our support group sessions are facilitated by experienced professionals who specialise in eating disorders. Gain insights into the nature of these disorders, learn effective communication strategies, and discover ways to provide meaningful support to your loved one.
  • Understanding and Empathy: Find solace in the knowledge that you are not alone on this journey. Connect with individuals who share similar experiences and emotions, offering each other empathy, understanding, and a listening ear.
  • Tailored Resources: Access a wealth of resources tailored specifically for partners and loved ones. These resources encompass valuable information, recommended readings, and coping techniques to empower you with knowledge and resilience.
  • Long-Term Support: Eating disorders can be persistent, and caregiving may span over extended periods. Our support group service is committed to providing ongoing, reliable support throughout your loved one’s journey.
  • Self-Care and Boundaries: Learn essential self-care practices and healthy boundary-setting to navigate the emotional challenges that can arise while supporting a loved one with an eating disorder.
  • Strengthening Bonds: Our support group aims to strengthen the bonds between partners, wives, husbands, and their loved ones. Discover new ways to communicate effectively and foster a supportive environment conducive to healing.

The group has an informal structure, allowing a non-judgmental and validating space to ask specific ED-related questions, guiding parents/loved ones towards other suitable resources and supports, as well as exploring communication skills and self-care strategies.

This group is run by an experienced Eating Disorders Clinician and is run monthly on the second Tuesday of every month from 6.30pm – 8pm. Sessions are held online.

Spaces are limited to 10 people and the cost is $25 per person.

Note: Your loved one does not have to be a client of the Swan Centre for you to attend this group.

This group is designed for attendance by parents/carers of individuals with a diagnosis of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). It aims to provide parents and/or support people with education about avoidant restrictive eaters, as well as introduce strategies relating to developing more helpful eating patterns and introducing dietary variety. It runs for 2 x 2 hour sessions over consecutive weeks.

Yoga at Swan

These classes combine principles drawn from Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), therapeutic yoga and the practice of mindfulness meditation.

We will guide you through a slow embodied practice that works towards inner awareness and feeling in your body. Movement is led by your breath if that works for you on the day. We meet you where you are.

Some poses are held, others are dynamic. Everyone has a chair to take all or some of the poses.

Your yoga teacher, Tas, is an Eating Disorder Dietitian and has had over 600 hours of yoga teacher training and prioritises your feeling safe and cared for.

These classes run every Wednesday from 5.30 – 6.30pm.  Sessions are held at The Swan Centre, Claremont.

Spaces are limited to 6 people, and the cost is $40 per class (or $35 per class, in a pack of 5). 

Please bring a thick yoga mat and a large towel.

Note: You do not have to be a client of the Swan Centre for you to attend these classes, however you must be 18+ and medically stable.

Restorative yoga involves complete relaxation while in a still pose, being fully supported by props (sometimes up to 8 blankets!).

Unlike active forms of yoga, we rarely stretch or use strength but focus more on allowing the mind to rest, to make space.

Poses are typically held for 15 minutes at a time.

Your yoga teacher, Tas, is an Eating Disorder Dietitian here at The Swan Centre, and has had over 600 hours of yoga teacher training and prioritises you feeling safe and cared for.

These classes run every Thursday from 5.30pm – 6.45pm. Sessions are held at The Swan Centre, Claremont.

Spaces are limited to 6 people, and the cost is $40 per class (or $35 per class, in a pack of 5). 

Please bring a thick yoga mat and a large towel.

Note: You do not have to be a client of the Swan Centre for you to attend these classes, however you must be 18+ and medically stable.