Family Support Groups

Imani facilitates regular support groups for the families of eating disorder sufferers. We firmly believe that the different types of eating disorders can impact the entire family unit, and that everyone involved needs help to recover from the effects. The group environment shows people that they are not alone, as they share their stories and relate to what others say.

Treatment participation enables family members to contribute to their loved ones’ recovery, and to start healing themselves. At Imani the support activities therapeutic meals, visitation, conjoints, family therapy. These should assist with the changes needed for both the eating disorder sufferer and the entire family unit to begin recovering.

What the Family Groups Cover

Depending on what the individuals in the groups need on the day we look at several issues, including:

  • Developing a deeper understanding of an eating disorder and the challenges that each family faces.
  • Checking in and reporting on current problems.
  • Sharing and celebrating small victories, such as managing to eat a difficult meal.
  • Sharing of additional available resources.
  • Art and writing processes on communication and codependency issues.
  • Discussing issues together, offering and receiving support and understanding from others in similar situations.

The last Saturday morning of the month

 11.00 – 12.15pm
Who: Ilana Hunter

Sharing of recovery stories from families who have a loved one in good recovery.


Ilana has worked therapeutically with children, adolescents and adults over the past 25 years.

  • She has a specialized in Art Process work.
  • She is a mother of 2 adult children, and has walked a personal path of recovery in finding how to live with, and best support a family members’ recovery from an eating disorder.
  • She is a Therapeutic Art Facilitator and Trainer, having run numerous short courses and facilitator trainings in Cape Town.
  • She has found sharing in a group setting to be the most valuable means of gaining perspective and finding strength.

Please let us know if you would be interested in having this additional support.

To engage, embrace and enjoy life are the three gifts of recovery which we wish to impart to each client who enters Imani.