Glasgow Women's Support Group


Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders

Therapy, Support, Training and Education for Eating Disorders in Scotland

Glasgow Women's

Support Group






Glasgow Women’s Support Group (GWSG) is a new support group for women, by women, starting in Spring 2016, based in Glasgow city centre. We are developing this support group following the large range of other services we have been offering for over 6 years now, some of which include other support groups (including eating disorder support groups, stress management groups, CBT groups, body image support groups

and lots more). We are now looking to trial a specific support group for women only (over 16 years old).


Glasgow Women's Support Group (GWSG) is a general support group for women to come along and get support, encouragement and a listening ear from other group members, volunteers and a qualified psychotherapist(s). So the issues and problems we may share and discuss may include depression/mood, stress, anxiety, relationship problems, family issues, eating problems, distress and other mental/emotional health issues. It's NOT a support group for physical health issues (although we understand people who attend may experience such in addition to mental/emotional health issues).


This support group is a general support group for women (although please note it is part of a larger project that provides support and services for eating disorders, as well as many other issues). We don’t just work with people with eating disorders, but with individuals and groups experiencing a wide range of issues and concerns, including stress, low mood and depression, anxiety, body image problems, relationship issues, loss, self-harm and much more.


We have been an organisation for over 6 years now and look forward to trialling this new Glasgow Women’s Support Group as part of our wider project.





The support groups may be something that can help you on the road to getting better and getting some support and understanding with difficultie and concerns. You are very welcome to come along. Support groups:


  • Take place monthly: 2nd Monday of each month. Support groups take place in Glasgow city centre, 6.15pm-7.45pm and cost £4.


  • Are run by qualified psychotherapists with experience of working wiht a range of issues and problems and other individuals who have recovered from various problems, from various backgrounds, including counselling, mental health and many other backgrounds.


  • Have members who have different types of problems and difficulties - including low mood/depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress, work problems, body image issues, low confidence and self-esteem, difficult emotions and many other problems/concerns that may not fit these categories.


  • Females member over 16 years old are welcome.


  • Members and volunteers understand, listen, and provide lots of encouragement and support and never ever judge one another - support sessions give you the opportunity to express yourself freely, in confidence, with people who understand and 'get it'


  • A place where you can come along and say what you think, what you are feeling and express yourself with no judgement - only support;


  • No pressure to talk if you don't want to - you are welcome to listen in - it's important to use the support group in ways you feel most comfortable with;


  • May be something that can help you on the road to getting better and getting some support and understanding with your difficulties;


  • Provides help, support and understanding; is welcoming, encouraging, friendly, safe and in an informal environment;


  • Confidential, safe and private


  • You don't need to have a 'diagnosed' problem, be seeing a psychiatrist or anything like that - if you are looking for some suppport and a listening ear, then you are welcome to come along!


  • Chat with others who have similar problems - we talk about serious things, but we also aim to have a little laugh to and make people feel welcome and relaxed as possible;


  • Express your thoughts and feelings, feel genuinely understood, non-judgemental and always listened to;


  • Bring a friend/family member with you if you want (although, please note, we don't provide support to carers/supporters/family/friend during these support groups - we are planning new, separate 'carers groups' to start soon);


  • People from all areas welcome - not just Glasgow - we have people from Edinburgh, Perth, Falkirk, Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Stirling, Renfrewshire and many other places come along.


The beneficial feature of support group sessions is that it is run by people who know what it is like to have difficult times in their lives and so understands many of the things you may be going through. Our Lead Psychotherapist and our Assistant Support Group Facilitators have completed various types of training, including COSCA Counselling Skills Training/equivalent, psychology degrees, group-work facilitator training, self-harm training, mental health training and clinical psyhcotherapy training and many other types of learning and training.




It is important you RSVP or confirm your place at each support group in advance, as support groups can get quite busy. As a result, we limit the number of people attending each support group meeting to ensure it is as supportive and inclusive as possible. Groups that are too large are often not as supportive and not everyone can get a chance to talk, express themselves or receive support. It makes sense, doesn't it?


To help with this, we have a private web-space dedicated to support group meetings and social club meetings, called Meetup. It's set to private, closed, and joining is approved by a Moderator. There's lots of other things on our Meetup space, including lots of self-help and therapy files and worksheets that you are free to download and use personally; inspirational quotes and stories; details of helplines, news, updates, upcoming events and lots more. We are developing our new Meetup space (we have other Meetup spaces that are well-developed and have lots on them, ass we have had them for over 6 years) and so we hope to develop the new Meetup space for the Glasgow Woemn's Support Group over time too!


You can join Meetup here:


The support group is very friendly, supportive and it's really informal. There is never any pressure and we welcome new people at all times. We really enjoy meeting new members! If you would like more information about this specifc support groups, please email us directly on the following email addres:, use the Contact Us Form on this website, or join the Meetup space mentioned above. We look forward to seeing you at a support group meeting soon!


So this particular support group is a GENERAL support group and everyone is welcome! We hope to set up a specific Facebook page for this specific support group soon too, so watch this space for details!


PLEASE NOTE: there is a small fee of £4 attached to support group meetings. We do not make any money out of support groups at all (in fact, it costs us money to meet all the costs of groups). The small fee helps cover the cost of room hire, photocopies/printing, insurance, subscription costs and some other things. We are unpaid, do this in our spare time and DO NOT make any money from putting on groups - the fee helps cover some costs - we, as volunteers, cover the other costs out our own pockets.





Unlike many other support groups out there, we are regulated, part of an accreditation network for support groups, have PVG's, insurance, belong to several professional bodies, have boundary and confidentiality policies in place and much more - so you know you are joining an accredited, safe, regulated and professional service, especially in comparison to many other 'services' out there.


Support groups are confidential, safe, encouraging, friendly and non-judgemental. We provide a listening ear and support. Please note that although some of us are qualified psychotherapists, this is not a therapy group, but a support group.


Anyone who feels that they are facing some emotional problem in some way and which is affecting their life, emotions, work, education, relationship or well-being is most welcome to get help support and a listening ear. We do also provide one-to-one therapy (CBT psychotherapy, Integrative Therapy, Life Coaching and Stress Management Therapy, so feel free to get in touch about that too, or see the relevant links on our website.


Just get in touch if you need any more information. Hope to meet with you at a meeting of the Glasgow Women's Support Group soon!


PLEASE NOTE! The start date of this new support grouup has still to be confirmed, although it's likely to be May 2016!



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