Italia.NEF

This 8-week support group is for US college students studying in Europe who want to enjoy their abroad experience, continue healing from disordered eating,

and find community and support.

Food & Recovery Support
While Abroad

Group therapy is a wonderful way to engage with others and find community, while continuing recovery from disordered eating.

Topics will include:

  • Navigating the transition to living and studying abroad.

  • Connecting to food culture and using food exposure to build a healthy relationship with food.

  • Managing triggers unique to the abroad experience, including culture shock and cultural differences around body size, weight stigma, food, language, and more.

  • Finding satisfaction as you learn about new foods and continue building your capacity for eating well.

  • Learning how to use gentle, embodied movement as you engage in new communities and places.

  • Bringing home what you learn from your experience to continue finding purpose & living life on your terms.

About the group:

Where & When: The group will meet virtually via HIPAA- compliant Zoom once a week for 8 weeks starting the week of February 13th. Group sessions will be 1 hour, 15 minutes. Specific time and day will be determined based on attendees' availability. Deadline for sign-up is January 30, 2023. 

Who: This group is inclusive of all genders, identities, and abilities. Groups will be limited to 6 individuals to create a welcoming and supportive environment. Multiple groups will be run if there is interest. See below for more info on who the group is best for.

What we'll work on: We will start sessions with a grounding exercise, then move onto reflective check-ins, and focus each week on a topic that intersects food/exercise/body image and your individual experience abroad- all to work towards continued healing and recovery. There will be opportunity for engaging activities during group to build community and healing. You will be able to utilize strategies discussed between group sessions and resources will be provided to assist you.

Facilitator: Kate Sweeney, MS, RDN, LDN is an eating disorder dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor 10 years experience in treating and preventing eating disorders within college health. Along with a member of University Counseling Services at Boston College, she co-developed and co-led the Food, Mood & Health Group for students struggling with binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa, which resulted in attendees reporting reduced symptoms post-group. Kate has also developed peer-to-peer body image and exercise group coaching curriculum for health coaches.

Cost: $350 for 8 weeks. You can pay in full or in two installments of $175.

This group IS for you if:

  • You are a college student studying abroad in Europe.

  • You have a history of chronic dieting, disordered eating or an eating disorder.

  • You would like support for continuing recovery while abroad.

  • You want to meet others with similar challenges, and have community.

  • You are motivated to use the study abroad experience to grow around food, nutrition, movement and body image.

  • You are stable in recovery. You may still have some behaviors, and they are well-managed.

  • You have a treatment plan.

This group is NOT for you if:

  • You have been recommended to not go abroad because of challenges around food and/or mental health concrns.

  • You have been recommended to go to higher level of care (HLOC) in the last 3 months and did not do so.

  • You have never gotten help before for your disordered eating.

  • You have no treatment team or treatment plan post-abroad.

  • You are using disordered behaviors to a degree that impacts your ability to live day-to-day.