Group Therapy for People with Binge Eating Concerns

The aim of the group is to provide group therapy for people having concerns about their pattern of binge eating by offering psycho-education, skills development, psychological interventions, and support.

Participants and group membership

Adults 18 years and older who acknowledge that they have a binge eating problem and are currently motivated to actively engage with professional psychological help.
To decide if the group may be suitable for you, ask yourself:

  • Do you sometimes think that your eating is out of control, that you just can’t stop?
  • At times, do you eat when you aren’t hungry until you feel uncomfortably full?
  • Do you overeat when alone, and then feel ashamed or disgusted about it?

Participants are selected after an individual assessment. The group will have between 5 and 10 members.

Objectives

  • Learn about what causes and maintains binge eating
  • Decrease frequency of binge eating and replace strict dieting and binge eating with regular eating
  • Develop more positive body image and improve self-esteem
  • Learn to be mindful of negative or strong emotions and stressors that may trigger binge eating
  • Develop alternative methods to cope with negative or strong emotions and stressors

Format and interventions

At commencement membership will be closed and no new members will be admitted. The group is conducted in an interactive seminar format, with provision of information, discussion, skill development / feedback, and homework practice. It is based on cognitive behavioural therapy principles and the supporting text is Binge-Eating Disorder: Clinical Foundations and Treatment (Mitchell, Devlin, Peterson, Crow, 2007).

Schedule and location

The group runs for 8 consecutive weeks, for 2 hours each week at the ACAP Psychology Clinic, a not-for-profit psychology training clinic located in the Sydney CBD.

Facilitators

Registered or Provisionally Registered Psychologists undertaking postgraduate training at the ACAP Psychology Clinic under the supervision of an endorsed clinical psychologist.

Cost to participants

Assessments are free and participants pay a one-off enrolment fee of $40 to cover the costs of materials.

Evaluation

Participants will be evaluated through individual clinical interviews; self-report questionnaires; feedback on the group content and presentation.

Those interested in joining the group can contact us directly. We also accept referrals from doctors or agencies.

Contact the ACAP Psychology Clinic on 02 8236 8070 or psychclinic@clinic.acap.edu.au