The Body Esteem Program® is a service which offers support for women who identify with having an eating disorder including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. The program also offers workshops for family members and carers of people experiencing eating disorders.
The program aims to support and assist women in making informed decisions about their wellbeing and to help participants sustain positive change through a 20-week recovery-focused group based on the self-help model of care. Individual peer support sessions are also available.
Body Esteem Program Eating Disorders Resource Directory
This directory contains a listing of services that are provided by private health professionals, community organisations and government departments in the Perth metropolitan area that either specialise, or have experience or interest in working to support people with eating disorders and their families. The directory is updated regularly.
Click the links below to download a copy of the event flyer.
What is a Body Esteem Self-Help Group?
A self-help group is different to a therapy group or treatment group. Self-help means that you set your own goals, take personal responsibility for learning, and make changes at your own pace. Body Esteem Program participants are supported and guided in this process by facilitators with lived-experience of having an eating disorder and subsequent recovery. All group members are encouraged to support each other as they progress towards recovery.
The Body Esteem Program provides a safe place where you can talk about issues related to your eating disorder with women who share similar experiences and therefore can understand and empathise with you. Women who participate in the 20-week groups often report that they feel less ashamed, less isolated and more hopeful about the future.
Who are the Facilitators?
The Body Esteem Program groups are facilitated by women who have themselves recovered from an eating disorder. They share their experiences of having an eating disorder, and offer support based upon their own experiences and knowledge of recovery. All of the group facilitators receive on-going training and professional supervision in their work.
- The program is for women 18 years and over;
- The Body Esteem Groups follow a 20 week manualised program which includes activities and take home tasks;
- There are two groups: one for those experiencing Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa and one for those experiencing Binge Eating Disorder;
- Participants do not require an official diagnosis to participate in a group;
- Groups meet weekly for a duration of 2.5 hours
- All participants are required to access individual therapeutic support in addition to the group;
- As the group is self-help based, potential participants are required to attend an initial assessment to ensure group readiness and;
- Groups are ‘closed’; two weeks after a group commences, no new participants are able to join.
Is the Body Esteem Self-Help Group for you?
- Think about food and eating the whole day long?
- Feel you are not allowed to eat?
- Feel guilty after you eat something?
- Regularly binge on food?
- Vomit after eating?
- Use laxatives or diet pills?
- Always feel the need to exercise?
- Let the scales determine your mood?
- Find it hard to accept your body?
Many women who answer “yes” to these questions also feel they can’t talk about their concerns with others because they
- Feel ashamed
- Think that they don’t look like the stereotype of someone with an eating disorder
- Are afraid no-one will understand them
- Think they are over-reacting
- Do not want to worry their loved ones
- Believe they need to figure it out on their own
The Body Esteem Self-Help Groups are a safe space to share your experiences with other women who understand.
There is an upfront fee for participating in a group and the program is delivered in a central location to allow women from across the metropolitan area to participate.
Individual Peer Support
The Body Esteem Program also offers 50-minute individual peer support sessions for women experiencing eating disorders. These sessions are most suitable for those who are unable to attend the group program or would like support prior to, or after, participation. Peer sessions are run by trained and experienced staff who have lived experience of an eating disorder and subsequent recovery. The same staff also facilitate the 20-week group. Where appropriate staff share their own experiences and understanding to assist clients to make informed choices regarding their recovery. Sessions are offered at no-to-low cost.
Parent/Partner Education and Support Program (PESP)
The Parent/Partner Education and Support Program (PESP) is a one-day workshop for family members, partners/carers or friends who have a loved one experiencing an eating disorder. The workshops are facilitated by women who have themselves experienced an eating disorder and subsequent recovery.
The Parent/Partner Education and Support Program (PESP) aims to:-
- Provide information about the nature of an eating disorder and of recovery in order to help people gain a deeper understanding of what their loved one may be experiencing.
- Acknowledge and strengthen family communications and provide an opportunity for people to learn strategies for self-care.
- Hear from women who have recovered from an eating disorder themselves.
- Gain resources that will assist you to support your loved one’s recovery process.
Time and Place
Workshops are held three times per year on a Saturday 9:30am-4:00pm at Joondalup Lotteries House, 70 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup.
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea is provided.
$75 each or $100 per couple.
Friends/family members of those attending the current BEP groups may attend for FREE (Valid for 1 person, $25 each additional person)
REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL
How do I join?
If you would like to find out when the next group starts or to be considered for future groups, please telephone Womens Health & Family Services;
Phone: (08) 9300 1566, or
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