Educating, empowering and equipping parents, partners and professionals on eating disorder recovery

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Welcome to SupportED Families!

Helping you to help them

We’re Zuzanna and Deirdre! Together, we bring professional knowledge, personal experience and a huge passion for educating and empowering parents, partners and professionals on Eating Disorder recovery. 

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What to do when someone is "stuck"?"


We know what’s uppermost in your mind right now:

  • Does my child have an eating disorder?
  • I’m worried about my child’s exercise and eating habits – could it be an eating disorder?
  • Why won’t my child eat? Is it an Eating Disorder?
  • I think my loved one has an eating disorder – what do I say to them?
  • How do I help my child (young or old) to eat when they clearly don’t want to?
  • How can I help my adult child?
  • Where can I get help?
  • How can I support the rest of the family?
  • How do we stop them from over-exercising? From continuing to lose weight?
  • How do I talk to them when they are overwhelmed? When I am overwhelmed and full of fear?
  • How can I focus on the rest of my family when my every waking moment is taken up with the eating disorder?
  • Is this my fault?
  • What did we as parents do wrong?
  • Is recovery from an eating disorder possible?
  • How long does recovery take?
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If you’re a parent, partner or a family member of someone struggling with an eating disorder…​

We’re here to guide you through this very difficult, challenging and frightening time.

We create a space where you can:

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that recovery is possible and learn strategies, skills and tools that work

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the best support person you can possibly be

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learning from both the science and best practice

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other aspects of your family and personal life so that the eating disorder does not take over totally

Learn more about working with us

Recovery Roadmap

We know that one of the questions uppermost in your mind is ‘How can I help my child recover from an eating disorder?’ or ‘As a parent, do I have a role to play in my loved one’s recovery?’ The answer to both questions is emphatically YES!

And, even better, we can support you and your loved one in all stages of recovery. From our professional work and lived experience, we’ve learned over the years how and when families get stuck along the way. We will provide you with tools, information and support to help you maximise the resources you already have and minimise stress and prevent burnout.

We call this our Recovery Roadmap and it’s specially designed to help you – whatever point you are at currently in your journey. Let’s jump in!

What have others said about our work

For professionals

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Are you a professional working in the healthcare industry?

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Would you like to learn more about eating disorders to ensure that you can continue to provide the optimum care to your patients?

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Do you feel out of your depth when a client’s dysfunctional relationship with food becomes apparent? Not sure how to help? Where to turn?

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Would your organisation like to learn more about disordered eating and eating disorders?

Peer Consultation and Special Interest Group for all Irish Eating Disorder Professionals.

After very successful launch of the Irish Chapter of the International Association of Eating
Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) with Dr. Kari Anderson in June 2023 we want to develop a strong Irish chapter and build a community of like- minded

We invite you to our free of charge Peer Consultation and Special interest group.

Next Group: Monday November 13th 2023
Time: 6.30- 7.30pm
Where: Virtual on Zoom
Cost: free of charge
Benefits: networking; sharing knowledge; plan future training opportunities; peer case
consultations with a multidisciplinary team; professional pursuing CEDS qualification can
build up their hours

Come learn, consult, and get support in your clinical work from other professionals.

Supervision for Professionals in Eating Disorder Treatment

Become an IAEDP (International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals) Certified Eating Disorders Specialist!

Zuzanna Gajowiec is a highly qualified and experienced professional and IAEDP Approved Supervisor who can support:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Dietitians
  • Medical Professionals

in the process for IAEDP certification. Zuzanna offers individual and group supervision to facilitate development of the skills and knowledge necessary to provide the highest level of care to your patients.

As the rate of individuals affected by eating disorders continues to grow, a greater need for qualified treatment providers in the field exists. IAEDP has recognized that need by offering an advanced Certification Program, established in 2002 and continually strengthened and updated to maintain its strong reputation in the mental health field.

Treatment of eating disorders requires a specialized and nuanced knowledge to provide effective care. Zuzanna is very passionate and committed to educate and support other professionals seeking
to improve their skills and enhance the quality of care they provide.

Who can benefit from Clinical Supervision with Zuzanna?


Experienced psychologists or therapists seeking to obtain the required supervision hours for CEDS certification by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP). Supervision provides the opportunity to learn and mature into an experienced eating disorders professional. It allows you to enhance your confidence in addition to working on your skills and competencies.


Professionals, with Associate Designee with IAEDP who want to expand their practical skills and knowledge. Associate Designee is an Educational Designation that has been created to acknowledge and formally recognize those working in the field of eating disorders or affiliated professions who have successfully completed our basic required coursework.

Recent graduates

Recent graduates or professionals, who are looking to learn new skills, and evidence-based treatment strategies to treat eating disorder clients. If you want to work with this population, but feel you need to learn – supervision is a great way to grow and build confidence.

Approx. 33% of people will suffer from disordered eating at some point in their lives. For some, this will only last for a short period and may be as a result of a particular stress, such as exams, bereavement, other personal stress etc. For others, thoughts of food will control their lives, with food accounting for over 80% of their daily thoughts and impacting their quality of life as well as giving rise to health consequences. Covid has thrown into sharp focus the increasing incidence of Eating Disorders. They affect people of all age groups and all genders. In 2020, almost 20% of hospital admissions for under 18’s were eating disorder related. Incidence rates across middle aged women (the menopause can be a trigger for an eating disorder), males and the LGBTIQ+ population are all increasing.

Here at SupportED Families we run tailored and topical training for professionals, helping you to help your clients navigate this difficult journey. Are you in?

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