Support

Our Support Groups

If you are in distress, please contact: Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642

National Eating Disorder Information Center (NEDIC) also has a helpline open until 9 pm EST  Toll FREE   1-866-633-4220

Or visit your nearest emergency room

EDSNA offers support groups in Edmonton, Calgary and online, throughout the year.

Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Health, Addiction and Mental Health Branch, EDSNA is able to provide these low-cost support groups throughout the year for people both directly and indirectly affected by eating disorders.

EDSNA groups are:

  • Professionally-facilitated by people with extensive backgrounds in eating disorders.

  • Effective. An independent evaluation of the impact of our groups by  two graduate students from the University of Calgary demonstrated participants report increased feelings of hope, connection and empowerment, with decreasing levels of shame, stigma and isolation.

  • Intended to support to those wishing to continue on the path of recovery in a safe, nonjudgmental environment

  • Limited to a small number of participants allow everyone to participate fully.

  • Open to people with ANY type of eating disorder over the age of 18

  • Open to registration even without diagnosis or referral

  • Very affordable. The fee can be waived if there is financial hardship by emailing info@EDSNA.ca.

  • Support Groups are non-clinical

    • Participants can expect information, coping strategies and peer support.
    • The focus is on meeting the general needs of the group.
    • Confidentiality is sacred and information obtained about group members stays within the group.

EDSNA provides support, not treatment or therapy.

Support groups are not intended to take the place of professional treatment.


Therapy Treatment Support
A professional, confidential and medically oriented process to achieve psychological health. Accurate records of the content of the meetings are kept. Typically, there is a stated objective or desired outcome. Medical intervention aimed at addressing specific health concerns. Treatment is overseen by members of the healthcare team and may include a qualified medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, and dietitian. Each healthcare provider keeps records and tailors the treatment plan to meet individual needs and operates under the guidelines of the health system. A validating group experience, rooted in the belief that everyone has the wisdom to determine the best route for themselves to recovery. It is a place of mutual respect, open communication and safety. It is a place where judgement is suspended and people are free to ask questions, vent frustrations or fears, explore answers for themselves and solace. It is a place where the participant is surrounded by people who ‘get it’ and the facilitator plays an important role but is not the only teacher in the room. No records are kept. All participants agree to abide by the rules of the group including confidentiality.

Please consult the calendar below for the schedule of upcoming groups

Please note: For the sake of simplicity, only the starting dates for groups are indicated.

Please click on links for full details and/or to register.

Helpful information when participating in EDSNA support groups

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel with a minimum of 30 days’ notice, you will receive a full refund.
If you cancel with a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice, you will receive a refund equal to half the registration fee.
If you cancel with less than 2 weeks’ notice, you will not receive a refund.

Full Programming Calendar

Meet Our Facilitators

Michelle Emmerling

Psychologist

Michelle is a Registered Psychologist practicing in Edmonton. She has a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta and has professional training and experience working with a diverse range of mental health concerns from a variety of treatment settings. Michelle has spent the last 6 years specializing in an exciting and unique approach to working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with eating disorders called Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Some of her areas of interest include: body image concerns, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, OCD and self-criticism. To learn more about her approach, please visit her site.

Jody Lamb

Registered Psychiatric Nurse

Jody is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who currently works in an out-patient setting as a Mental Health Therapist. Jody holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology. She is in good standing with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta. Jody has experience facilitating group and individual therapy sessions. She works primarily with adults experiencing mental health concerns including eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar, addictions, and personality disorders. She utilizes a variety of approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic therapy in her practice. Jody believes in supporting clients in their journey for optimum health and creating a safe environment. She loves nature, music, animals and exploring holistic health alternatives.

Renata Logan

Psychologist

Renata Logan is a registered psychologist with a special interest in interpersonal issues, chronic disease management, grief, personal growth and eating disorders. Basing her work in a holistic frame, Renata believes that the source for all healing and lasting, positive change is rooted in the mind-body-spirit triad, as well as the family-community connection. While her formal training has been in family systems with components of cognitive-based therapies, her work is expanding to include more body-centered therapies, including Emotion-Focused Therapy, Hakomi, Integrative Body Psychotherapy and Yoga Therapy. Renata particularly enjoys working with parents, helping to remind them of what unique wisdom they hold. Outside the therapy room, Renata enjoys outdoor adventures, cultural/artistic events, and treasured time with her loved ones.

Katie Poirier

Psychologist

Katie is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and also holds a Masters of Education degree. She has worked with clients who have experienced eating disorders, sexual assault/abuse (Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton), addictions and trauma. Katie believes in helping clients grow and flourish through a client-centered framework that emphasizes equality and empowerment. She brings compassion and humour to therapy to create a safe place for all to be heard. Her training background involves areas such as Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and Hakomi. Click here to learn more about Katie’s approach.

 Selene Yan

Registered Dietitian

Selene is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor with over 10 years of experience. She specializes in working with eating disorders and body image concerns. She helps individuals tune inwards so they may better understand and attend to their body’s needs. Selene works from a trauma-informed and weight-inclusive lens. Her approach is guided by her training in mindfulness, yoga, embodied recovery, and somatic experiencing. Her goal is to help individuals cultivate a satisfying and safe relationship with food and body. You can find her online here: embodiedRD.com or on Instagram: @embodiedRD

Kalin Herbach

Registered Dietitian

Kalin is a weight-inclusive Registered Dietitian and co-founder of The Nourish Collective. She specializes in eating disorder recovery, and also helps folks heal from disordered eating. She is deeply passionate about helping individuals replace judgement and punishment with compassion and curiosity. Kalin feels so grateful that she is able to do this work, and form meaningful relationships with her clients.

Allison Easton

Registered Dietitian

Allison is a weight inclusive Registered Dietitian and is a co-founder of The Nourish Collective. Allison specializes in eating disorder recovery and healing from disordered eating. At the center of her work is respect, honesty, and a practical, down-to-earth approach. Allison cares deeply for the health and well-being of her clients. Outside of work, her passion is family, animals, the outdoors, and gardening.

Rachel Tu

Registered Dietitian

Rachel Tu is a yoga teacher and registered dietitian. She teaches from a trauma informed lens and specializes in eating disorders, food & body image work and intuitive eating for her nutrition counseling. She incorporates mindfulness and body movement approaches to reconnect people to a healthy sense of wellbeing. You can learn more about Rachel on Instagram (@foodflowthought) or foodflowthought.com.

Karen Wadson

Psychologist

Karen is a registered psychologist in Calgary with over 10 years of counselling experience. She practices from a client centered approach, which views the client as the expert on their own life, and she draws interventions from psycho-dynamic, CBT, solution focused and narrative therapies to assist clients in making the changes they would like to have in their lives. Her particular area of specialization is in the area of disordered eating and body image. She holds advanced training in the treatment of eating disorders through the International Association of Eating Disorder Prevention (IAEDP).

Carol Fredrek

Registered Psychologist

Carol is a Registered Psychologist who specializes in eating disorders, body image, anxiety, depression, and trauma. For over 2 decades, she has offered skilled and caring therapy.  Carol incorporates research-proven therapy approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping). To learn more about her approach, visit this page. Be at peace with yourself.  Be at peace with food, your body, and your weight.  To learn more, visit her website at healingmatters.ca.

Dr. Angela Grace

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Angela Grace, Ph.D., is a Registered Psychologist with a passion for the prevention and early intervention of eating disorders and weight bias.  She is a Health at Every Size and social justice advocate.  She provides early intervention for youth who show early signs of poor body image and eating issues.  She is a passionate speaker & writer, and provides education & training about preventing eating disorders & weight bias for teachers, parents, and health care professionals.  She teaches restorative Iyengar yoga classes, provides holistic nutritional coaching, and practices spiritual approaches to recovery. To learn more, visit her website www.heartcenteredcounselling.com

Sara Kreklewich

Occupational Therapist

Sara is the Disorder Eating Consultant for Central Alberta. She is also a registered Occupational Therapist with over ten years experience. she is passionate about the area of mental health and believes in empowering clients to achieve their goals. She currently works in hospital and community mental health settings and has diverse skills, training and experience.
Sara has a strong interest and knowledge base in the area of disordered eating, depression, anxiety and relationship issues.

Patty Rempel

Registered Social Worker

Patty has been working in the field of mental health with families and individuals for more than 25 years. She has experience in community clinics, schools, and inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a registered social worker and has a master’s degree in health education with a specialization in eating disorders. Presently she works as a mental health therapist for AHS in chronic disease management. She also has a private practice in Red Deer providing therapeutic interventions to those struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image dissatisfaction. Patty utilizes CBT, ACT and mindfulness based strategies in order to help her clients improve their relationship with body, food and mind. She thrives on supporting her clients to build self-acceptance through self-compassion.

Other Support Options in Alberta

This is an ongoing list of additional supportive resources in Alberta.

Support in Edmonton


Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous

Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals whose primary purpose is to find and maintain recovery in our eating practices, and to help others gain recovery. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop unhealthy eating practices.

Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton Region

Offers support groups for caregivers of people with mental illness. (NOTE: this is not solely for families facing eating disorders, but there may be common themes of self-care, healthy boundaries, overcoming isolation and stigma). All programs are suspended or online during COVID-19.

If you are in need of assistance, call 211 (AB only) or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642

Caregivers Alberta.

Caregiver program helps caregivers balance their own well-being with the challenges of caregiving. Offers Caregiver Support Line and online programming for individuals or group setting during COVID.

Edmonton West Primary Care Network

#124 Meadowlark Health and Shopping Center.
156 Street & 87 Avenue.

Workshops on Mindful Eating, Healthy Exercise and Weight management.
Visit their website, or call  780.443.7477.

Family Centre

The Family Centre offers programs to improve mental health and well-being. Counselling is available over the phone, online, and in person.

  • Free drop in, single session, no appointment necessary.
  • 6 different locations in Edmonton.
  • Open 6 days a week.

University of Alberta Counselling and Clinical Services

Aims to provide accessible and compassionate psychological and psychiatric services to U of A students. Counselling and clinical services offered online during COVID-19. Offices in SUB are closed due to COVID-19.

Phone: 780-492-5205

Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

Twelve-Step program of recovery for individuals who struggle with compulsive eating. This includes anorexia, bulimia, food addiction and obesity. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the twelve steps of OA to those who still suffer.

Momentum Counselling

Momentum is a mental health counselling agency, supporting clients who would otherwise be unable to access counselling because of long wait lists or financial barriers. Non-profit organization staffed by volunteer, Registered Health Professionals who provide Solution Focused Therapy. During Covid sessions are offered online or by telephone.

Phone: 780-757-0900

YMCA of Northern Alberta

Offers courses and programs on wellness, nutrition and mental health.

Support in Calgary


Silver Linings Foundation

Silver Linings offers support groups for parents and loved ones coping with the many challenges of caring for someone they love with an eating disorder.  They also offer support groups for those directly affected.

Support Works

Peer-to-peer support. Although they don’t offer groups specifically for eating disorders, they do have groups on conditions that often co-exist with eating disorders, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD and bipolar disorder. Peer support groups are local to the Calgary area and run by volunteers with lived mental health experience.

Support in Red Deer


Alberta Health Services

Provincial Addiction and Mental Health Helpline.