Group Therapy

South Florida's most unique eating disorder group is presented by both a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Dr. Susie Mendelsohn) AND a Registered Dietitian (Kerry Fannon, CEDRD) making it the most comprehensive outpatient eating disorder group provided in the state.

Dr. Susie and Kerry are the facilitators of this group with a combined total of 33 years of eating disorder specialty experience.

This Group is For Individuals Struggling With:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Orthorexia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Disordered Eating

Eating Disorder Group Description:

  • Process, psycho-educational, interactive, exposure therapy group
  • Open group

Eating Disorder Group Provides:

  • Family atmosphere
  • Psycho-educational activities
  • Skill-Building tools
  • Compulsion-Management tools
  • Private/confidential support via the Facebook ED Support Board 24/7
  • Sense of hope, belongingness, optimism and effective communication

To enhance:

  • Positive relationship building
  • A sense of universality and cohesiveness
  • Constructive and appropriate support
  • The understanding of the eating disorder
  • A sense of breaking free from the compulsions
  • Boundary recognition and enforcement
  • Self-soothing activities
  • Affect management
  • Amelioration of cognitive distortions

CRITERIA for entrance into Eating Disorder Group Therapy.

  • Initial 90-minute consultation must be completed with Dr. Susie to establish readiness for entrance into group (if not already a client of Dr. Susie's).
  • Client must sign a Consent to Release Information from your current therapist to Dr. Susie & Kerry for continuity of care.
  • Client must be committed to weekly group sessions until ready for discharge/graduation.
  • Client must no longer desire the ED Identity.
  • Client must be in the Preparation Stage of the Transtheoretical Model of Change (This is the stage that combines the intention and behavioral criteria. Individuals in this stage are intending to take action toward recovery in the next month).
  • Client must understand the importance of a thorough recovery and comply with recommendations of the treatment team.
  • Client must be willing to express genuine emotions and be truthful with the group.
  • Client must be prepared to manage constructive confrontation during the group including the ability to confront and be confronted appropriately.
  • Client must be respectful to other group members and leaders at all times.