Support Groups

Free Support Groups

Our support groups are at the heart of the EDF program, providing safe places for those with eating disorders and their families to grow and to learn from one another. These groups not only have helped many who are touched by eating disorders, but also have served as a springboard from which lasting, supportive friendships have grown.

All of our groups are peer led, meaning that the discussions are guided by the group members. There is a facilitator present, usually a licensed counselor, and sometimes a master’s level practicum student. They are there to keep the conversation safe and not triggering. Our groups vary in size because they are drop-in, but are usually around 5-10 people depending on the group.  You will not be forced to participate during the groups, but we hope you will feel EDF is a safe place to share your thoughts and feelings.

Are you coming to EDF for the first time? We would love to give you a tour.  A Place of Our Own is very cozy, and we want it to feel like your home away from home.

For details & directions visit our calendar

Tuesday

Individuals 18+ Struggling with an Eating Disorder

Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:30pm

This support group is ideal for individuals at least 18 years old who are struggling or in recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating, or body image concerns.

Boulder College Student Support Group

1st & 3rd Tuesday of Each Month, 8:30am-10:00am

This support group is ideal for individuals that are college aged who are struggling or in recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating, or body image concerns.

Vail Eating Disorder Support Group

1st & 3rd Tuesday of Each Month, 5:30-7:00pm

This support group is ideal for individuals that are struggling or in recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating, or body image concerns.

Girls Athletic Leadership Schools Body Image Support Group

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm

This group addresses body image, self-worth, social media impact, self-care and more. Open to all students of GALS Middle & High Schools, The Boys School of Denver and others. Bring a family member the 1st Tuesday of the month.

Wednesday

Support Group for Family & Friends

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:00pm

This support group is ideal for family members and friends of individuals struggling or in recovery from an eating disorder. Join this group of parents, partners, siblings, and friends, and talk with someone who knows what you’re going through.

Boulder Eating Disorder Support Group

2nd & 4th Wednesday of Each Month, 6:00-7:30pm

This support group is ideal for individuals that are struggling or in recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating, or body image concerns.

Thursday

Art Journaling Group

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Receive your own blank sketch book and “Create Your Story” through art journaling. It is your art journal and your time to express yourself through art in any way you choose. Hang out, listen to music, and make art in a relaxed, fun environment with your fellow EDF members.

Individuals Struggling with Binge Eating Disorder

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:30pm

This support group is ideal for individuals at least 18 years old who are struggling or in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder.

Saturday

Individuals 30+ Struggling with an Eating Disorder

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30pm

This support group is ideal for individuals 30 years and older that are struggling or in recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating, or body image concerns.

On Solid Ground Recovery Group

2nd & 4th Saturday of Each Month, 10:00am – 11:30am

This support group is ideal for individuals who are in stable recovery, but desire a forum to discuss how the very temperament and intricate personality traits that aligned with their eating disorders sometimes continue to create new challenges in life.  This group requires that participants be in solid recovery and behavior free for a minimum of 2 years.

Facilitators

Toni Saiber
Toni 2As a founder and executive director of The Eating Disorder Foundation, Toni has been a facilitator and co-facilitator of the Family and Friends group since its inception in 2004. She is open about sharing her own experiences with the group as she has been on the recovery path since 2003. Because of the special connections she has made with this group, it has become a cherished part of her week.
Melissa Preston, MA, NCC, RD
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Melissa Preston, MA, NCC, RD is a registered dietitian and mental health therapist specializing in treatment of eating disorders, food addictions, and body image issues. Her mission is helping people become free of their food and weight issues so they can live life to the fullest.

 

Kate Daigle, MA, NCC, LPC
Kate-DaigleKate Daigle, MA, NCC, LPC is the owner of Kate Daigle Counseling and has volunteered at EDF since 2009. She thrives in supporting woman and men of all ages and backgrounds to find a peaceful, accepting relationship with food, their bodies and themselves. Having recovered from an eating disorder and body image struggles, Kate can personally relate to what it is like to feel disconnected with your body.
Kaci Guilford, MA, LPC
k.guilfordKaci is a licensed therapist with a private practice in the Highlands area. Her volunteer work with EDF is part of her own journey in recovery, and reflects her passion for body acceptance, and belief in healing. Kaci is dedicated and committed to helping her clients realize that their life can be their own, and walking them through the sometimes scary, and painful, process of change.
Laura Lavoie, MS, LPC
PicLaura Lavoie, MS, LPC is a licensed therapist that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and personality disorders. Laura uses a strengths-based approach that focuses on the strengths and skills inherent within each of her clients. She believes that people are not defined by their problem, illness, or diagnosis, but rather by their capacity for growth and change.
Suzie K. Jordan, MA-AT, NCC, AT, AAI
PicSuzie is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), certified animal assisted interactions therapist, and art therapist.  Clients range from children, adolescents, adults and families. She offers an integrative approach to explore life’s challenges by identifying strengths, and incorporating skills to create positive and effective solutions.
Beth Letourneau, MA, RYT
PicBeth is passionate about eating disorder recovery and specializes in treating eating disorders in her private practice, Beth Letourneau Counseling.  She has been volunteering for The Eating Disorder Foundation since 2007 and is Co-Chair of the Research Committee for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Denver Metro Chapter.  She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, an avid rock climber, and enjoys writing and art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kendra Maruyama BA, CEPC
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Kendra Maruyama BA, CEPC is an Eating Disorder Recovery Mentor and Certified Eating Psychology Coach. Her passion for helping others achieve healthy eating disorder recovery is rooted in her own personal recovery. Kendra helps her clients reshape their experience with body image and recreate healthy belief systems around food and nourishment.

Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC, CEDS
Pic“Dr. Dorie” McCubbrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She is the Owner and Clinical Director of Positive Pathways – a group practice providing outpatient treatment for eating disorders and co-occurring addictions. Dr. Dorie’s approach of Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ is based on her own journey of recovery – she shares her recovery wisdom as a guide for others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellie Herman, MA, LPC, NCC
PicEllie is a licensed therapist and has been working in the treatment of eating disorders for the past four years. She currently works for Eating Recovery Center as an Alumni Coordinator. She looks forward to meeting you and encouraging you on your journey!
Amanda E. Bourgeois, MA, NCC, LPC

Amanda is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relational concerns, and personality disorders.  She has worked in various capacities for Eating Recovery Center for over 3 years, providing care to adult women and men in individual and family therapy, as well as by facilitating various psychoeducational and experiential groups.

Tonya McFarland, PsyD, LP, CEDS
Tonya and MaggieDr. McFarland is a licensed psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist and owner of Trusted Therapy, a private practice in Golden focused on helping individuals struggling with symptoms of eating disorders, self-harm, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She has over 15 years of experience. Dr. McFarland serves as a clinical supervisor for the students who are doing their practicum placements at The Eating Disorder Foundation. She has a registered therapy dog, “Maggie” who helps out during some sessions.
Angela Andersen, MA, LPC
Angela PictureAngela is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and specializes in eating disorders, sex therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her goal is to encourage learning more about yourself and what is most meaningful to you, while identifying what gets in the way of you making progress toward the life you want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erica Faulhaber, MA, NCC, LPCC
EricaErica Faulhaber, MA, NCC, LPCC experiences both love and joy in working with clients to put together treatment goals around various struggles.  Clients she wants to reach are those struggling with not only food but also strained relationships with themselves to create an overall more positive self-concept. Erica knows firsthand what it is like to have unhealthy relationships with food, the scale, body image and self-esteem. She is in private practice out of Lakewood, CO.  She has been with EDF since 2015.
Alison Raman, LPC
PicAlison Raman is a licensed professional counselor specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, body image struggles and co-occurring mental health concerns.  She works with individuals and families using an integrative approach to treatment rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Family Based Treatment (for adolescents).  After working as a clinician and administrator for five years at an intensive eating disorder treatment center in Washington, she now maintains a private practice in Golden, CO.
Jordan Gorrell MA, NCC, LPCC
Jordan Gorrell received his MA in counseling from Regis University and is a Nationally Certified Counselor.  As a  counselors Jordan has a passion for  working with clients dealing with eating disorders, body image issues, grief, anxiety, and trauma. He works with adolescents, teens, adults and couples. Jordan has an extensive background in agriculture and enjoys in corperating gardening and nutrition in his work with clients.
Allison Cohan, LCSW
Allison Cohan, LCSW takes a narrative influenced approach to therapy which allows clients the emotional space to examine situations without identifying as the problem themselves. It creates a bit of exploratory distance between self and guilt or shame and allows for curiosity to emerge rather than judgment. Allison’s specialized training was under the supervision of Carolyn Costin, as a Primary Therapist at Monte Nido & Affiliates. Her holistic lens takes into consideration not only the varied stories and identities of each individual, but also the many rings of influence and context around each of us that often go unnamed and unexplored. In addition to this general way of practice, Allison can also provide a variety of other tools to her clients such as CBT, DBT, mindfulness training, meditation, creative writing and guided journaling. Allison especially enjoys working with adolescents, young adults and anyone going through life transitions. She currently holds private practice availability out of the Gaudiani Clinic, in Denver.
Dolores Schoonover, LPC, CEDS
Dolores DeVargas-Schoonover is a bilingual, Licensed Professional Counselor and Addictions Counselor II, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist/Approved CEDS supervisor. She has extensive experience working with individuals highly resistant to treatment, with prominent trauma histories, and with eating disorders.  Dolores believes the family unit is an important component of the recovery process.  She incorporates Family Systems Theory, seeing the family as a whole and recognizing the impact on the family that one individual’s struggle has.  Her warm, thoughtful and caring nature facilitates clients in being successful with making permanent, lifelong changes.
Susan L. Bennett, PhD, CEDS

Dr. Bennett is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Colorado and has worked in eating disorders and generalist psychotherapy for 14 years using empirically based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy, and existential therapy, to help patients meet their goals for treatment. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Regis University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Organization Development and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in psychology were earned at the University of Denver.  In Dr. Bennett’s past roles, she has worked with people in both outpatient and inpatient settings and has provided compassionate and non-judgmental support to those struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Rumination and decisions related to Bariatrics. Dr. Bennett has also worked with individuals struggling with primary or co-occurring anxiety, phobias, panic, OCD, depression and trauma and with individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-changing physical illnesses. Most recently, Dr. Bennett was Clinical Director of Psychology at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health. Dr. Bennett is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) as designated by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). In her role as the Clinical Advisor at the Gaudiani Clinic, Dr. Bennett provides clinical oversight and expertise and ensures that patients and their treatment teams receive thoughtful and coordinated care.

Dana L. McDowell, MA, LPC, CEDS

My passion, for as long as I can remember, has been about helping people develop healthy connections with themselves, their bodies and their emotions. I have always had an insatiable curiosity about nutrition, spirituality and connection – and how they intersect to play a role in our mental health and well being. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) and specialize in working with disordered eating of all types. I am the founder and was the Past President of the Denver Metro Int’l Assoc of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). I started the Denver Metro chapter because I am passionate about helping provide education and training about eating disorders to other professionals and the community. I also work with men and women on a broad variety of other issues – anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, stress management, and life transitions, just to name a few.

Annamarie Fidel-Rice, PhD

Annamarie Fidel-Rice, PhD, author of The Alchemy of Grief: Embracing Mourning through Grace, is a loss and grief educator with a private practice in Arvada, Colorado.  She has been practicing for over 26 years.  She received her Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in counseling psychology and her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology.  Annamarie is a Professor at Regis University in the Masters in Counseling Program where she teaches grief therapy from a depth perspective among many other courses.  She has been teaching at Regis for over 13 years.  Annamarie has also presented her lecture on Alchemy and Grief to several Friends of Jung societies.  In addition, she is scheduled to not only present her lectures on Alchemy and Grief; she is scheduled to facilitate workshops in 2017.  Annamarie also leads a group of women every fall to Peru to celebrate the feminine.  Annamarie lives in Wheat Ridge, Colorado with her husband, Ralph.

Mandy Rubin, LPC

Mandy has worked in the mental health field since 2010; she has had the privilege of working with a wide array of clients journeying through a multitude of issues within the adult life spectrum. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders, and general life transitions. Mandy moved to Denver, Colorado five years ago and has thoroughly enjoyed taking advantage of all the outdoor activities the state has to offer and engaging fully in the healing power that can come from being in Nature. Pulling from many therapeutic modalities, Mandy maintains the client at the center of all treatment and trusts them as the experts of their own experience. She fully believes that therapy is a collaborative process and looks forward to assisting clients on their journey to a more fulfilling life. To find out more about Mandy, visit her website: http://www.mandyrubin.com .

Bethany Albrecht, MA, LPC

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am passionate about working with individuals and couples as they pursue physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness and fulfillment. My style is warm and engaging. I embrace openness and humor, which I use often. My holistic and collaborative approach is designed to support and guide you in navigating the challenges of recovery and to empower you as you find freedom and claim the fulfilling life in recovery that you seek. Within the therapeutic relationship, I maintain a safe and sacred space for you to explore and understand your experience and learn new ways to engage and live life to the fullest. I specialize in eating disorder and trauma recovery. I am an EMDR trained therapist and find EMDR to be a valuable tool in healing from difficult past experiences when they interfere with recovery. In addition, I have specialized training in integrating spirituality and counseling. I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to work with individuals from a wide span of backgrounds and am committed to honoring the unique, personal experiences each individual brings to the therapeutic process. In addition to my private practice, I facilitate the Thursday evening support group for individuals struggling with Binge Eating Disorder at The Eating Disorder Foundation. I am honored to work with this group due to the fact that it is one of my particular areas of passion and expertise as I was previously the Binge Eating Disorder program coordinator at EDCare.

 

 

Lexie Garfield-Turner B.S, M.S.W, LSW

Born and bred in the Michigan suburbs of metropolitan Detroit, Lexie received her degrees from two of the Big 10’s finest schools. She completed her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Nutritional Sciences at Michigan State University. She continued on to her alma mater’s rival, The University of Michigan, where she graduated with a Master of Social Work specializing in interpersonal practice and mental health from the # 1 ranked school of social work in the country.

Lexie has worked in a variety of residential and outpatient treatment settings, which included serving adolescents and young adults with eating disorders in a partial hospitalization setting as well as working with at-risk youth experiencing the vast symptoms of complex trauma. Lexie specializes in working with adolescents and young adults with both diagnosable eating disorders as well as those experiencing disordered eating with the hopes of achieving body acceptance. Lexie utilizes a blend of psychodynamic and family systems approaches in her practice and believes whole-heartedly that we can all achieve inner peace with our bodies, long-lasting health, and most importantly, happiness.