Lived Experience Support

The authentic, humanistic, non-clinical validation of the eating disorder experience offered through lived experience can break down barriers to recovery.  

What is Lived Experience Work?

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Lived Experience Sessions

Lived Experience Sessions provide a non-therapeutic, practical and social support from someone who understands lived experience. It gives hope to clients and the opportunity to practice the skills learnt in therapy in a safe and supportive space. 

Clients are offered ten sessions which can take place either face-to-face or via telehealth.

A session may involve:

  • Validating shame, trust & self-worth
  • Building sense of interests and identity beyond the eating disorder
  • Unpacking greater meaning and quality of life into the recovery process
  • Managing triggers from the family & environment
  • Exploring and understanding values
  • Meal and snack support
  • Sharing tips for relapse prevention
  • Identifying and working towards recovery goals

“My experience with lived experience support allowed me to reflect on my journey, through the process of planning and creating an artwork together that represented various stages in learning and growing.

The peer relationship, was a special and memorable experience. It provided an open space for mutual understandings and value-focused exploration, which supported developing my confidence in the progress I have already made and my strengths to continue moving towards the light.”

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Peer Support Group

Peer Support Group aims to provide those in recovery with an opportunity to connect with peers who have shared similar experiences. 

  • Group-led discussion
  • Facilitated by Lived Experience Workers who help to ensure that conversations are safe for all participants 
  • Find solutions to common problems and help to navigate the pathway to recovery 

Participants can choose which sessions to attend, and sessions are open to all stages of recovery, and all types of eating issues and eating disorders. 

Peer Support Group is held three times a month on a Thursday evening. If you are interested in attending the group please contact us. 

Peer Mentor Program (PMP)

This program supports people recovering from an eating disorder by partnering mentees with mentors who have recovered from an eating disorder.

Lived Experience Framework

EDQ has developed a Framework for our Lived Experience Workers, which provides structure and a safe and effective lived experience workforce. The Framework is a clear reference point for their work and the differences from other disciplines providing support. 


How does Lived Experience Work fit into the eating disorder treatment team? 

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Eating Disorders Queensland

We support a vibrant community of individuals recovering from an eating disorder, including people with lived experiences, carers and family members.

51 Edmondstone Street,
Yuggera Country,
South Brisbane, QLD 4101

CALL: (07) 3844 6055

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