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Help in small supportive groups
If you're aged 19 and over and are having difficulties with food (eating issues), or you're unhappy with your body size or shape (body image issues), help is available.

There are many different approaches to healing these difficulties; this page describes the approach available in groups at Freedom with Food. (
One-on-one help is also available.) Although many people find the idea of being part of a group daunting, the reality of being with others who are experiencing the same difficulties can be life-changing.

All groups take place in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.


Tackling Binge Eating
Next course starts soon. 1 evening per week for 10 weeks, 5.15- 6.45 pm in Wellington CBD.
Do you sometimes overeat and feel unable to stop at these times? Would you like to change this but don’t know how? Would learning more about this in a small, supportive group be helpful to you? If so, this course may be right for you.

It consists of a 10 week evidence-based treatment programme which has helped many people successfully to overcome their difficulties with food and to change how they experience their body. Sessions take place once a week, and the learning is applied in daily life between the sessions. The starting point is to ensure your current eating patterns will provide a foundation for sustainable change. After checking this is the case, and making adjustments where it isn’t, other aspects of how things are with food and your body can be considered, and solutions found. The resulting changes usually continue to develop and consolidate after the end of the 10 weeks.

The course runs for 4 weeks initially (1 1/2 hour session each week), followed by a further 6 weeks if you find you are making changes using this approach. There will be a maximum of 5 people in the group.

By the end of the group, you will:
understand more about binge eating
have identified some personal factors that set off a binge
have identified some factors that keep the binges happening
have learned how to better manage any relevant feelings
have busted some myths about food, your body, and weight gain
have set up and tried out a personal experiment in doing things differently
have learned and applied strategies to use in your everyday life

Not sure if this course is right for you? No problem— the first step in registering will be to arrange a half hour meeting and complete a questionnaire which will help to make it clear. An initial meeting like this is free of charge, and you are welcome to bring whanau with you.
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Breaking free of the bingeing cycle
Next course starts soon. 1 evening per week for 10 weeks, 5.15- 6.45 pm in Wellington CBD.
Do you regularly binge eat, and then try to compensate using vomiting, laxatives, overexercising, or going without food for periods of time? Would you like to break free of this cycle but haven't managed it yet, or not sustainably yet? If so, this course may be right for you.

It consists of a 10 week evidence-based programme which has helped many people successfully to overcome their difficulties with food and to change how they experience their body. Sessions take place once a week, and the learning is applied in daily life between the sessions. The starting point is to ensure your current eating patterns will provide a foundation for sustainable change. After checking this is the case, and making adjustments where it isn’t, other aspects of how things are with food and your body can be considered, and solutions found. The resulting changes usually continue to develop and consolidate after the end of the 10 weeks.

The course runs for 4 weeks initially (1 1/2 hour session each week), followed by a further 6 weeks if you find you are making changes using this approach. There will be a maximum of 5 people in the group. (Please note that taking part in this course may involve consent for the course leader to be in contact with any other health professionals supporting you.)

By the end of the group, you will:
understand more about binge eating cycles
have identifed some personal factors that set off a cycle
know a way out of the cycle
have learned how to better manage any relevant feelings
have busted some myths about food, your body, and weight gain
have set up and tried out a personal experiment in doing things differently
have learned and applied strategies to use in your everyday life

Not sure if this course is right for you? No problem— the first step in registering will be to arrange a half hour meeting and complete a questionnaire which will help to make it clear. An initial meeting like this is free of charge, and you are welcome to bring whanau with you.
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Making friends with your body
How do you feel and think about your body? Would you like this to be different now, without waiting for your body to change? If so, this course may be right for you. The course consists of a 1 1/2 hour session each week for 4 weeks.

By the end of the course, you will :

understand more about how you think and feel about your body
understand more about past and present factors that may be unfairly influencing you
evaluate some other perspectives you can take
have a chance to discuss what 'healthy' is: A 'healthy size'? 'Health at every size' (HAES)?
know better what you're aiming for: body confidence, self-acceptance, or something else
try out some transformative activities in the group session
learn some transformative practices you can use in your everyday life


Not sure if this course is right for you? No problem— the first step in registering will be to arrange a half hour meeting and complete a questionnaire which will help to make it clear. An initial meeting like this is free of charge, and you are welcome to bring whanau with you.


Understanding Anorexia
Have you been told you're at risk of developing Anorexia Nervosa, have you been diagnosed with it, or have you had it in the past? Do you have unanswered questions about it, about why someone gets an eating disorder, or about what the diagnosis means for your future? If so, this event may be right for you. The single 2-hour session includes a one hour presentation based on up-to-date research and an hour for questions. Family/friends/whanau are also welcome to register for this event and come with you.

The presentation will be based on the latest research and include information on:
diagnosis: its usefulness and its limitations
the role of genes and the environment
treatment options
the truth about recovery: what it is and what it involves
areas of current research

Not sure if this course is right for you? No problem— the first step in registering will be to
arrange a half hour meeting and complete a questionnaire which will help to make it clear. An initial meeting like this is free of charge, and you are welcome to bring whanau with you.
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For more information on any of these courses, or if you have any questions, you're welcome to get in touch.