What is the ‘Online Support Group - Carers of Young People with ME/CFS’?

This online support group is for carers of young people living with ME/CFS. It is an eight session (in total) online peer support group for 8 to 12 people hosted by a professional facilitator engaged by Emerge Australia. This group will commence on Thursday 10 February 2022. It takes place in our virtual meeting room over Zoom. We have three core themes for our online community groups: Patient Support, Carer Support and Community Building. The aim of this group is to help you to connect with other people who have a shared experience of caring for a young person with ME/CFS. There is no set age to designate someone a 'young person' or adult - although most people caring for an adult with ME/CFS will be caring for someone 25+.

Why should I attend?

Accessing peer support to talk with other people who just 'get it' is one of the primary requests that we receive at Emerge Australia. We have designed this program to provide a safe space - with a facilitator - where people who care for their person who lives with ME/CFS can meet and talk for an hour every other week on either a Tuesday or Thursday morning.

What will happen in the group?

In this group you will find:

  • A professional facilitator to guide the conversation
  • 8 facilitated meetings - every other week for one hour
  • Option to continue to meet after the course - your facilitator will help you to establish ground rules and come up with a plan to continue with the group
  • Social interaction - this group is not structured therapy and will try not to dwell on negative or medical chat
  • The group will have access to a private sub-forum on the Emerge Australia Community Forum where chat can continue between sessions

Session dates and times

Due to high demand for this group, two groups will run, starting in February and March. The first group, a morning group, will commence on Thursday 10 February 2022 and will run for eight sessions, concluding on the 19 May 2022. 

The second group, an afternoon group, will commence on Tuesday 1 March 2022 and will run for either sessions, concluding on 7 June 2022. 

Group 1 - Every second Thursday morning

All timings are as per Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra (AEDT or AEST according to start date of group)

  • 10:45am session open
  • 11:00am group meeting commences
  • 12:00pm group meeting end

Bookings now open - Group 1 

Group 2 - Every second Tuesday afternoon 

All timings are as per Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra (AEDT or AEST according to start date of group)

  • 12:45pm session open
  • 1:00pm group meeting commences
  • 2:00pm group meeting ends


For more information or if you have questions, please contact [email protected] 

Meet your facilitator

My name is Carolyn and I am a passionately committed therapist in private practice in Whittlesea Victoria. I’m also an enthusiastic group facilitator for Emerge Australia. As a registered Counsellor, I work with families, couples and individuals and specialise in supporting people to live their best life, work through tough issues and learn loving self-kindness.

I am an experienced speaker, having run workshops and groups for several years. I also supervise, train and mentor other Counsellors nationally.

I am an avid reader, a passionate horse and dog owner, wife and mum. I enjoy yoga and mindfulness practices and bushwalking. I am a cancer survivor, having experienced stage 3 Breast Cancer in 2014 which has assisted me to gain increased reserves of insight and compassion for myself and others.

I look forward to welcoming you to the “Carers of Young People with ME/CFS” online groups commencing in February and March 2022. I am so excited to meet you all!