Support Groups

Although a support group is not meant to replace formal medical treatment, it can be a powerful tool for those recovering from an eating disorder, as well as for their loved ones. Below is a partial list of support groups in Tennessee. Please e-mail us with the names of additional groups that can be listed on this page.

For Families

Families Supporting Families (FSF) was started by Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee as a free support group created by families, for families. The groups are for parents, siblings, and friends who have a loved one battling an eating disorder.

Chattanooga-area FSF
When: 4th Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Solace Clinic (3097 South Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37408)
Contact: Jan Sherbak: (423) 752-5207, Ext. 6

Jackson-area FSF
When: 1st Tuesday of every month (Beginning Jan. 7th, 2014) from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Medical Founders Room C
620 Skyline Drive, Jackson, TN 38301
Contact: Gerry Ann Aldrich: (731) 616-0773 or Deann Montchal: (731) 571-4029
 

Knoxville-area FSF
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 7:15-8:15 p.m.
Where: Focus Treatment Center Intensive Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders (2210 Sutherland Ave, Ste 108, Knoxville, TN 37919)  Note: Located in the Cherokee Mills Center - enter building by the "2210" sign and proceed to the first door on left.
Contact: Greg Dutchey, PhD or Katie Rosas: (865) 622-7116

Memphis-area FSF
After eight dedicated years of volunteer service, Dr. Gina Prigoff and parents Terri and Paul Burson have retired from facilitating this group. EDCT enthusiastically thanks them for their efforts. If you are interested in facilitating a group in the Memphis area, email Courtney

Nashville-area FSF
When: 3rd Monday of every month from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: EDCT office (2120 Crestmoor Rd, Ste 3000, Nashville, TN 37215)
Contact: Kathy: (615) 665-0105 or Connie: (615) 269-5709

For Individuals

COLLEGE-ORIENTED EATING DISORDER (CO-ED) SUPPORT GROUP
This eight-session group is designed for college-aged women who struggle with disordered eating and body image concerns. Participants will learn coping strategies that will help them manage stress and navigate the college environment in healthful ways. The group is facilitated by Courtney Grimes, MSSW, LMSW.
REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2014 IS NOW OPEN!!
When: Meets every other Wednesday throughout the course of one college semester, 5-6pm CST.
Where: EDCT office (2120 Crestmoor Rd, Ste 3000, Nashville, TN 37215)
Facilitator: Courtney Grimes, MSSW, LMSW
Contact: Courtney
 

Memphis-Area Support Group  *not affiliated with EDCT
When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 699 Oak Leaf Office Lane, Suite 104, Memphis TN
Facilitator: Gloria Siegel, PhD, Amy Poag and Beth Lyons, PhD
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information.
More info: Free and open to the public.

FINDINGbalance Support Group  *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Tuesdays from 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Scales Nutrition & Wellness (1010 Fourth Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219)
Facilitator: Mel Payne, MA
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information.
More info: A Christ-centered open support group for women 18+. Each session features a video teaching followed by guided discussion. Free.

SupportGroups.com *not affiliated with EDCT
What: SupportGroups.com is a growing online support groups community. Their goal is to bring people together around life's challenges by providing concise, up-to-date information and a meeting place for individuals, their friends and families, and professionals who offer pathways to help. SupportGroups.com has a pro-recovery eating disorders online support group which covers a variety of related topics.
Where: http://eating-disorder.supportgroups.com/

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group (DBT)  *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Thursdays from 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: Psyche, PLLC (110 30th Ave. South, Ste. 300, Nashville, TN)
Facilitator: Stephanie Vaughn
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information.
More info: DBT group - mixed gender. Must have individual therapist. $60/group session.
Emotional Eating Group  *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: The Renfrew Center of Tennessee (1624 Westgate Circle, Suite 100, Brentwood, TN 37027)
ContactEmail Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information.
More info: This group provides a safe and supportive environment in which women can explore the emotional, behavioral and interpersonal factors influencing their eating behaviors and the feelings, thoughts and beliefs about their bodies.

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) *not affiliated with EDCT
Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a free peer-to-peer support group for people who have, think they may have, or are in recovery from an eating disorder.
 

Please note: Information about EDA groups (and any other support group not affiliated with EDCT) is provided for informational purposes only. The contact information listed below is provided by EDA volunteers and may change without notice.

Brentwood EDA *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Sundays from 4-5 p.m.
Where: Buchannan House at Brentwood United Methodist Church (309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027)
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information.
Chattanooga EDA on Sundays *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Sundays from 6-7 p.m.
Where: Focus Healthcare of Tennessee (7429 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411) 
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information.
Chattanooga EDA on Mondays *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Mondays from 7-8 p.m.
Where: Grace Episcopal Church (20 Belvoir Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37411) in the upstairs quilters room. 
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information. 
 
Memphis EDA *not affiliated with EDCT

When: Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m.
Where: One Community Center (inside Republic Coffee) (2924 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN) 
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information. 

Nashville EDA on Tuesdays *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Tuesdays from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Integrative Life Center (1104 16th Ave South Nashville, TN 37212)
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information. 
 
Nashville EDA on Saturdays *not affiliated with EDCT

When: Saturdays from 10-11 a.m.
Where: YANA Halfway House (4000 Westlawn Dr Nashville, TN 37209)
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information. 

Nashville EDA on Sundays *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Sundays from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Integrative Life Center (1104 16th Ave South Nashville, TN 37212)
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information. 

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) *not affiliated with EDCT
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is an international fellowship of men and women who have experienced difficulties in life as a result of obsessive eating habits and behaviors. For more information about FA, please visit their website

Please note: Information about FA groups (and any other support group not affiliated with EDCT) is provided for informational purposes only. The contact information listed below is provided by the FA website and may change without notice.

Crossville FA *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
Where: The First Methodist Church, Webb Ave. entrance (N. Main Street & Braun St., Crossville, TN 38555)
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information. 
Johnson City FA *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Munsey Counseling Center (215 E. Market Street, Johnson City, TN 37601)
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information.
Jonesborough FA *not affiliated with EDCT
When: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bethel Christian Church (701 Depot Street, Jonesborough, TN 37743)
Contact: Email Courtney if you are a first-time attendee or would like more information.
 

Colleges/Universities

Below is a partial list of indivdiuals who have identified themselves as points-of-contact at their respsective colleges/universities. Ask us how you can list a resource at your school.
 
Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green)
WKU Counseling Center
Contact: Betsy Pierce
Phone: (270) 745-3159
Fax: (270) 745-6976
 

Lipscomb University (Nashville)
Lipscomb Counseling Center

Contact: Ashley Dumas, MMFT, LMFT
Phone: (615) 966-5737
Fax: (615) 966-7066

University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
Department of Nutrition
Contact: Karen Wetherall, MS, RD, LDN
Phone: (865) 466-7002

Vanderbilt University (Nashville)
Vanderbilt University Psychological and Counseling Center
Contact: Christy Carey, LMSW
Phone: (615) 322-2571

Vanderbilt Wellness Center
Contact: Becky Budde, MEd, Assistant Director of Wellness Programs
Phone: (615) 343-0538

Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center
Contact: Bridget Copes, Program Coordinator
Phone: (615) 322-4843