Did You Know?

    • Eating disorders are not defined solely by weight. They may occur in people who can be normal weight, overweight, or underweight.
    • Families are not to blame, and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.
    • Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.
    • Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.
    • Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are critical.

Resources

recovery
For Recovery

Get the help and services you need on your road to recovery. We offer care management, life coaching, and peer mentoring at no cost, and we can connect you to other resources, support groups and treatment options throughout the region.

Caregivers
For Caregivers

Discover how best to help your loved one with recovery, and connect with others through Caregiver Workshops, Parent Peer Mentoring, and Family & Sibling Support Groups.

Professionals
For Professionals

Build your knowledge and skills about eating disorders and bring it to your practice or organization with educational presentations or Project ECHO®’s teleconference presentations.

Prevention
For Prevention

By working together we can make the changes required at home, at school, and in the community to promote wellness and prevent body dissatisfaction, unhealthy weight control practices, eating disorders, and obesity.

Events and Support Groups

WNYCCED Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time


WNYCCCED Ongoing Support Groups

Please note: All services and support groups provided by the WNYCCCED are free.

Eating Disorder Education & Skills Group

(Co-Facilitated by WNYCCCED’s Michelle Morales & Jennifer Dry De Santo)

Location: Helen Wood Hall / School of Nursing, Loretta Ford Educational Wing, 255 Crittenden Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14642
Cost: This group is free and open to all
Contact: Jennifer Dry De Santo, 585-276-6102, jennifer_desanto@urmc.rochester.edu
Details: To aid in the healing process by providing:

  • Information about the causes, treatment and new findings from research related to eating disorders.
  • Problem-Solving strategies to deal with the difficulties that arise in interacting with and supporting an individual with an eating disorder on a daily basis.
  • Support regarding the conflict, denial, frustration, and other challenges that develop during the course of treatment that can lead to isolation.
  • Awareness in the community (for youth-servicing agencies, schools/colleges, health care providers) regarding the early signs of eating disorders and their effective management.
  • Rochester Eating Disorders Network Support Group

    (Facilitated by WNYCCCED’s Dr. Richard Kreipe)

    Location:Helen Wood Hall / School of Nursing, Loretta Ford Educational Wing, 255 Crittenden Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14642
    Cost:
    This group is free and open to all
    Contact:
    Jennifer Dry De Santo, 585-276-6102, jennifer_desanto@urmc.rochester.edu
    Details: The Eating Disorder Network is dedicated to providing support, services and programs for family and friends of loved ones with eating disorders. Its members are primarily parents and loved ones of individuals affected by eating disorders, working in concert with health providers from the Strong Adolescent Eating Disorders Program. Family and friends connected to other community providers are also welcome. Support group activities are designed to complement the professional therapy that is usually required to treat these conditions.

    Taking Steps Forward Life Coaching for Adults

    (Facilitated by WNYCCCED’s Sherrill Stahl)

    Location: Mental Health Association’s Creative Wellness Opportunities, 320 N. Goodman Street, Rochester (next to Village Gate and Neighborhood Service Center- use the same parking area)
    Cost:
    This group is free
    Details:
    This life coaching group is for adults who are proactively confronting their eating disorder and those who feel overwhelmed in recovery from an eating disorder. Both groups can experience difficulty in handling life’s challenges and transitions. In this group you will: focus on enhancing areas of your life that are/were affected by the eating disorder; gain clarity and confidence to make healthy choices and maintain motivation as you leave the eating disorder behind; create healthy strategies and put them into action to successfully deal with life’s challenges; and take steps forward in creating a fulfilling life for yourself.
    Contact:
    Sherrill Stahl for next group session start date and to register or find out more information, at (585) 315-7861.

    Other Area Support Groups

    Please note: Support groups offered outside of WNYCCCED may charge for their services.

    Individual coaching (Life, Career, Recovery, Wellness)

    (Facilitated by Cindy J. Bitter, BCC CLC BSc. Cindy is a board-certified coach with over 19 years coaching experience in the Rochester community working with recovering individuals and families.)

    Location: Phone sessions, in-person meetings (your home or out in community).
    Participants: Adults
    Details: Coaching is an outpatient transitional, support service, specifically for individuals who are working on recovery and are ready and wanting to experience life without an eating disorder. Coaching is available after inpatient treatment, PHP treatment and compliments outpatient therapy. Coaching focuses on helping individuals go back into community as they continue their recovery work. Coaching will help you create the life you want, help you identify and clarify direction and develop life skills that support recovery, healthy choices, and lifestyle.
    Contact:
    Cindy to see if coaching is right for you with a free phone consultation at (585) 377-0079 or by email at cynjoy@rochester.rr.com
    Cost: There is a fee for life coaching services.

    Research Study Explores How Relationships with Family, Friends May Hold Key to Eating Disorder Recovery

    This 26-week Multifamily Therapy group treatment method focuses on emotions and relationships, rather than eating disorder behaviors and thoughts. Up to five individuals in recovery and their family/friends can participate. If you or a loved one are between the ages of 18-40, struggling with anorexia nervosa or a related eating disorder marked by food restriction and/or weight loss and are interested in participating in this study, please contact Judy Brasch, study coordinator, at 585-275-6629.