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Group Treatment Program for Eating Disorders

Feeling out of control with eating-related behavior?

Each group is run by two advanced Adelphi University doctoral candidates under the supervision of senior faculty.

Meeting on Mondays from 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.

Who is this program for?

Our members are from both the surrounding community and the University. 

Current and past group members have come to work on overeating (binge eating disorder), restricting (anorexia), and purging (bulimia or exercise bulimia). Many are working to address a combination of these symptoms and accompanying issues including body dissatisfaction, family conflicts, and adjustment to work.

Most participants have had prior treatment either in an inpatient unit or intensive outpatient treatment program, or from practitioners in private practice. Some are still symptomatic, and struggling to stay in recovery.

All group members are also receiving individual treatment. If you are not currently seeing someone, we can arrange for a therapist through our clinic, or provide referrals to practitioners in the community. 

How does group therapy work for ED?

We try to focus on the difficult feelings that trigger eating disorder symptoms, and find new ways of addressing them. Stress, sadness, anger, and feeling let down are just a few examples of challenging feelings that can lead to eating disorder symptoms. By learning new ways of managing these feelings, participants gradually lessen their desire or need to use food to control symptoms. Group members work with the therapists and with each other to develop new coping strategies.

Group members report they derive many benefits from coming to group, including:

  • Feeling understood by people who have similar struggles
  • Knowing they are not alone with eating disorder symptoms
  • Having a place where they can feel accepted and talk without feeling judged
  • Learning about their personal triggers to eating disorder symptoms
  • Having a forum to try out new or difficult behavior, like being direct about feelings and needs.
  • Feeling proud about being able to help others

For more information or to join a group, please contact:

Center for Psychological Services
p – 516.877.4820

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For further information, please contact:

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
p – 516.877.4800