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Outpatient Program for Young People 

Butterfly’s Outpatient Program for Young People (Youth Program) is a 10 week therapeutic group program providing early intervention for young people with emerging eating disorders.  

The Youth Program is for individuals aged 14 years to 24 years old who have early signs and symptoms of an eating disorder and/or disordered eating.  

This unique and specialised program encourages a person to overcome obstacles that have interfered with their quality of life and is aimed at providing intensive support, whilst enabling the individual to continue with school, university and/or work.

Program Outline

The main treatment approach of the Youth Program is group therapy. Group sessions run on a Monday and Thursday evening from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. 

Group therapy will focus on:

  • normalisation of eating behaviour
  • addressing body image concerns
  • emotional regulation
  • relational difficulties and psychological issues
  • allowing participants to explore their struggles in a safe, supportive, and recovery focused environment


The environment of the Youth Program reflects the following:

  • an open and non-judgmental approach, which places significant emphasis on forming respectful and trusting therapeutic relationships
  • inclusion of family and supports people in treatment wherever possible 
  • shared meal between participants and the team each session. 

The Youth Program Team

Rachel Simeone - Clinical Manager

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Rachel is a registered psychologist and Clinical Manager of Treatment. She provides therapeutic intervention in both the IOP and the Youth Program. Her background is in community acute mental health services specialising in treatments for trauma, self-harm and eating disorders. Rachel comes to the Butterfly Foundation with an eclectic treatment approach including DBT, CBT-E, IPT, ACT and a cup of tea. She believes in creating strong therapeutic relationships and supports her clients to develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies through skill development, role modelling and instilling hope that full recovery is possible.

Maria Reboredo - Therapist

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Maria Reboredo is a registered psychologist who has a passion for helping people show up as their best selves at all stages of life. Her strengths include providing an empathic and safe environment for you to explore your inner workings with delicacy and care.  She uses a strengths based approach to identify personal strengths as a basis for continued resilience.  She enjoys using a creative approach to help clients meet their needs.   

Maria has 10 years of experience working with people from all walks of life in reaching their goals and needs.  In those ten years she has worked across the University of Sydney, University of NSW, Macquarie University and headspace centres implementing evidence-based strategies.  She has been trained in a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Positive Psychology Coaching.  

Rebecca Guzelian - Therapist

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Rebecca is a registered psychologist, and a therapist working with clients in both the IOP and the Youth Program. She is experienced in treating eating disorders within a range of settings including private practice and in family and group based settings. Her therapy style is relaxed and person-centred with a focus on being relational and genuine with her clients. She is trained in evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and motivational work. She believes in providing a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their own motivations to recover and to assist them in moving closer to a valued and meaningful life.

Ashlea Hambleton - Therapist

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Ashlea Hambleton is a provisionally registered psychologist, currently completing a Masters in Clinical Psychology.  Ashlea has completed research with the University of Newcastle exploring generational patterns of anxiety as well as the lived experience of self harm.  Her passion is working with individuals and their families whom are effected by eating disorders.  Ashlea works in both the IOP and the Youth Program and has a compassionate, authentic approach with a readiness to be flexible in supporting her clients to build rich and meaningful lives.  Ashlea utilises various treatment models; including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Enhanced, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Maudsley Family Based Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Talia Cecchele - Consultant Dietitian

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Talia is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who provides consultation to both the IOP and Youth Program. She has worked in acute clinical dietetics in adults and paediatrics for the last 5 years. Talia is experienced in managing eating disorders across a range of settings including community mental health and hospital inpatient settings. She has a compassionate, balanced and individualised approach to eating for recovery and has been trained in Maudsley Family Based Therapy and Eating Behaviours. Talia applies scientific knowledge and uses a non-diet approach to encourage life-long changes to improve physical and mental health.  

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Please call (02) 8456 3915 or email to find out more about the program. You can also fill out our enquiry form and someone from our team will be in contact with you. You can now make payments for the Youth Program online.  

The Youth Program is offered in person in Crows Nest (Sydney, New South Wales). To find out about treatment options for other states and territories, please contact the Butterfly National Helpline (1800 ED HOPE).

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