About the Clinic

A caring team of practitioners dedicated to helping people with eating, weight and food concerns.

When issues around food and eating become dominant in a person’s life, it can prevent them from engaging with loved ones in a meaningful way, enjoying life’s pleasures, fulfilling their true potential, and even completing basic day-to-day tasks and routines.

If this sounds like you or someone you are concerned about, Centre for Integrative Health is here to deliver the specialist support, information and treatment needed to overcome concerns about food, exercise, and physical appearance and achieve health and happiness.

Our practitioners are highly skilled in the assessment and treatment of a range of physical and emotional health conditions that affect people of all ages, genders, sizes, and from all walks of life. Our team has a particular interest and specialised training in those conditions concerning food, eating, exercise, and body-image.

It is our commitment to on-going professional development, practice of evidence-based treatments and our dedication to our clients that empowers individuals to overcome the barriers they are experiencing and live a life that is meaningful to them.

Our tailored treatment plans and services, not only support our clients, but also provide their families with peace of mind and clarity throughout the journey.

If you have any queries about how we can help, or any other aspect of the recovery process, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for a free 15-minute phone consultation.

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"Do I even LIKE tea?" 

Sounds like a simple question however, this was the profound and thought-provoking question a client of mine asked herself during one of our meal support sessions in which I enquired whether it was her preference or her avoidance of retaliation from her eating disorder that had led to her ordering tea from the menu. 

Not only do diet rules and eating disorders disconnect a person from their food and beverage preferences but they seperate the person from their entire sense of self. Those whom have abandoned their body's intuition in favour of diet rules also commonly report a disconnection from their emotions, their hopes and dreams for the future, what they desire in a friendship/romantic relationship, their sexuality.. the list goes on. 

Disconnecting from diet culture makes way for a reconnection with one's self.
Happy Dietitians' Day to CFIH's dietitians, Kate Gough and Kate Lane. You are an integral part of the work CFIH does to support people to heal their relationships with food and with their bodies. 

Happy Dietitians' Day also to our newest addition to our nutrition team, Alina Turgeiva, set to join CFIH later this month. Your passion for weight-neutral, health at every size approaches to health will undoubtedly be an asset to our team. 

Last but certainly not least, Happy Dietitians' Day to the many dietitians external to CFIH working in the eating disorder and non-dieting fields. The CFIH team is grateful for the work you do, the difference you make, and your integral role in changing the discourse around food and bodies. 

#DietitiansDay #DietitiansMakeADifference
Kate Lane Dietitian Kate Pollard Dietitian Alina Turgieva
We would like to introduce Alina Turgieva; our newest addition to the CFIH team!

Alina is registered as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, after completing a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University.  Prior to joining the team at CFIH, Alina gained experience working with a varying caseload of eating disorder, body image and weight concerns, chronic disease and paediatric clients at an Aboriginal Medical Service in Far West New South Wales. 

Alina utilises a compassionate, non-judgemental, weight-neutral and evidence-based approach to assist clients to manage chronic disease and mental health issues, and re-establish joy and peace around food.  Alina is passionate about dismantling ideas and thoughts created by diet culture, providing more size diversity to the field of dietetics, and advocating for fat positivity and body acceptance. 

Alina will be consulting Monday through Friday in our Kelvin Grove clinic, commencing from late September. Please support us in welcoming Alina to the CFIH team and community.
Since their inception over a decade ago, "obesity" prevention campaigns have not only be ineffective in achieving their intended outcome but they have had the very opposite effect. 

The number of individuals with a BMI over 30 remains unchanged. What has changed however, is that these folk are now more likely to experience overt weight stigma and discrimination. Experiences of weight stigma (including those concealed as "concern about  health") are associated with shame, low self-esteem, social withdrawal, depression, anxiety, a reduction in health behaviours, and a decrease in help seeking behaviour. 

The science on health and bodyweight is complex and certainly not as simple as the "smaller bodies are healthier bodies" catchall that public health campaigns will have us believe. What we do know for certain however is that pathologising bodies and chastising people about their weight has a negative impact on one's physical, social, and emotional health. 

So, if you're genuinely concerned about someone's health, it safe to say that the kindest thing you can do is keep your comments about their weight to yourself. 

#BodyImageAndEatingDisorderAwarenessWeek #BIEDAW #HealthIsNotABodySize #HealthAtEverySize #HAES
For as long as I can remember I had rules around food and exercise, rules around how much space my body can take up, unrealistic rules with shifting and unattainable goalposts. The hold the rules had on me fluctuated at different stages in my life, and the rules themselves often changed. I always knew it was ‘disordered’, I knew deep down that the secrecy and manipulation the rules had over my world wasn’t healthy, however it took a long time to truly acknowledge to myself the extent of what was going on. I often wondered if other people thought and did these things as well, maybe this was normal. There were times when the rules were infinitely much worse; when they controlled everything; and times when they were just on my mind, creating intense guilt when I broke them. 

It took one of those times when it all got infinitely worse, to finally accept and seek the help I needed. Over a period of several years, the ED worsened and evolved in ways that made it even more unbearable. In the background, life had presented several challenges, and my ED was where I would find comfort, how I would numb and ignore the feelings generated from such challenges. I wasn’t coping, the happy smiley girl I liked to portray myself as, struggled to surface. My anxiety had heightened and seemingly small decisions became hugely distressing. My sleep was terribly disrupted. My day to day over-committed life felt so much more overwhelming, and I saw this as me “losing motivation” and I wanted to fix that, and only that. I wanted to be able to achieve all the “things” once again, as I could not see my worth otherwise. Did the persistent and worsening ED cause my deterioration? Or vice versa? And does it matter? 

I spent a long time knowing I needed help and way too scared and reluctant to seek it. I was so determined to be independent, I struggled to accept I couldn’t just turn the symptoms off all on my own. I knew the statistics, yet I felt so terribly alone. Why was I scared? Because of the perceived stigma and judgment that I would face, because of what people would think, because of the fear of what would happen to me if anyone in my world knew that this was my reality – that I wasn’t coping as people saw me to be, and that I lacked in myself so much self-worth. I was scared that by admitting what was going on, I would be categorised, misunderstood and I would lose everything, including the ability to do my work, something which I had allowed to define me. 

In the early stages of treatment, I honestly thought I couldn’t do it, and I had constant internal debates as to whether to persist. Recovery seemed impossible. I had contemplated and planned ways to give up. Yet, I persisted in treatment and recovery.  

One of the reasons I kept going with recovery was the passion and belief my treatment team demonstrated, both in recovery and in me, as well as their continual kindness and compassion (when I felt like I was being a complete “pain in the ass”). I finally felt like I wasn’t alone, and that I deserved this help, and accepted that I did actually need it. I struggled A LOT with the lack of achievement I initially demonstrated in recovery; my continual striving for “perfectionism” was a challenge in itself when I couldn’t be the “perfect” patient. Recovery had its ups and downs, its leaps forward and steps backward, and in the words of Brene Brown (adapted to this context), it was “a year-long street fight” (plus some more!). 

In coming to the other side of recovery, I am so much more at peace with my world. I am not perfect, and neither is the world. There will be happy times, sad times, angry times, disappointing times, and times when I experience all the other feelings. I do not need to numb these feelings, I can acknowledge them, feel them, and learn from them. They will pass. Some of my relationships are not as I ideally would like them, but that doesn’t need to control me, I can set boundaries and be clear about what I need. Beyond that, it is out of my control and that’s ok. I can make plans to reduce my anxiety. 

I lie here on my couch, with my 3-week old son asleep on my chest, and feel so glad I fought the fight of recovery, and so much gratitude for the support I had to get me here. I feel so free. I never thought this could be my reality, that I deserved this happiness. I have a new-found gratitude for my body for everything it allows me to do, and the joy it has brought me, and I can no longer imagine treating it poorly. 

We all have our story, our journey, and our ups and downs. We all deserve recovery and the freedom and opportunity it brings. ~ Mel, 36. 

#BodyImageAndEatingDisorderAwarenessWeek #BIEDAW #RecoveryIsAlwaysPossible
"Recovery does not end with the weight gain and normalising of eating behaviours. In fact, in some ways recovery can only truly begin after that fact. Only once you are in a healthier stable place where you are maintaining weight, eating  normally and able to function in social settings can full 'recovery' and healing begin.
 
This is also when you need the most compassion and support, when you no longer 'look' like you're struggling'. It is tempting to be drawn back to your eating disorder and to avoid this discomfort but if you can persist with the struggle forward, you will learn the most about yourself.
 
Recovery is a daily battle and a battle that only you can fight. However, in fighting this battle each day there is an immense amount of strength and self-empowerment that can be found in the struggle and healing. Recovery is one of the hardest things you will ever do. 

I am still recovering but I no longer feel ashamed about how long it may take me nor do I have expectations around what my recovery should look like. Everyone's recovery is going to look and be different.
 
Know that regardless of where you are starting, recovery will never be easy but most importantly know that it is the most important thing you will do. Lastly know that no matter where you are in your journey you are always deserving of help but you also need to be strong enough to ask for it as well" ~ Sarah 

#BodyImageAndEatingDisorderAwarenessWeek #BIEDAW #RecoveryIsAlwaysPossible #RecoveryIsWorthIt #YouAreWorthIt
"My relationship with diet culture has been the longest and most toxic relationship I’ve ever had. I’ve loved it, I’ve hated it, I’ve broken up with it and gotten back together time and time again. It was exhausting. When I realised diet culture was toxic, I tried to avoid it. But that didn’t work because diet culture is EVERYWHERE. The media, friends and family, doctors and other health professionals, even your bloody uber driver who swears by *insert exotic food here*. Diet culture? More like Diet Cult! When I was trying to avoid diet culture, it took a while for me to realise I was still in the relationship with diet culture, or in the diet cult. To truly break up with it, I had to set boundaries.
 
I had to limit my social media or fill it with the better stuff. Puppies, memes and people who practice things like HAES. Things that made me smile and were aligned with my values. I had to stop talking to some people about certain things because diet culture would come up, and I didn’t feel comfortable talking about why I was no longer with diet culture. When I couldn’t escape it, I had to acknowledge that it was there. I had to acknowledge my emotions, because it’s hard to move on from something you believed for a long time. I had to acknowledge the pain, anger, and sadness I felt because of that relationship. The things I avoided because I thought I wasn’t pretty enough, toned enough to do, etc. And the hardest part for me, the part I still struggle with? Choosing to stay away from diet culture. It can feel… really lonely. Sometimes I still mourn for that “perfect body” that diet culture told me I could obtain. Diet culture (and other things) had me connect how I looked to my self-worth. This meant that I did not believe I was worthy of anything for a very long time.
 
So, I have to choose the other path. The hard path. I’m happier and healthier without diet culture. I have room in my life for other more exciting things. I graduated from therapy this week! And I’m studying a Diploma of Psychological Science, and currently seeing someone. These are all things I thought I couldn’t do in the body that I’m in. I now know that’s because I didn’t believe in myself, or even believe I was worthy of even the opportunity to do these things.

And yeah, I still struggle with clothes sometimes, and I don’t completely like how I look, but I respect myself and my body.  So diet culture can peddle it’s crap elsewhere, because I am not listening" ~ Melanie 

#BodyImageAndEatingDisorderAwarenessWeek #BIEDAW #eatingdisorderrecovery
"I have been living with depression for over ten years and an eating disorder for at least the last three years. I firmly believe the last year has saved my life. I was not well when I first attended the clinic. I had lost all faith in myself and those around me and had no desire to do anything about it. 

While I continue to find it difficult to separate my weight and shape from my happiness and connection with others,  my outlook on life and belief in myself has changed dramatically for the better. I now feel supported by others and trust in my skills to get me through each day. 

If you are struggling, talk to someone and ask for help. Allow someone(s) into your bubble and let it out. They may not understand but they can listen and offer a shoulder to lean on for support. Your feelings are valid. Help is available" ~ Ellie

#BodyImageAndEatingDisorderAwarenessWeek #BIEDAW #RecoveryIsPossible #HelpIsAvailable #LivedExperience
"You’re uncomfortable. You’re embarrassing. You’re shameful. You’re disgusting. You’ve let yourself go". These are the words I would hear on a daily basis. 

I’ve had bulimia since I was 13. For the last ten years I’ve counted and restricted calories, hidden food, binged, purged, and exercised excessively.

12 months ago I sought treatment and found the CFIH team. Throughout the last 12months, I’ve gone from eating and exercising because I hate my body to eating and exercising because I love my body. I no longer purge, I no longer exercise excessively, I no longer restrict. I have learnt to listen to my body; to ask it “what do I WANT to do? What do I FEEL like doing? WHY do I want to do this?”

Those times where I “slip up”, I can now reflect and have the skills to figure out what happened. I can recognise my emotions and allow myself to feel them - positive or negative. I have strategies to shift negative feelings. I  have the tools to make myself  physically and mentally well. 

There were times in my recovery when I was in denial, angry, depressed, and unaccepting of recovery. It was very challenging, and I often felt like giving up. One day in a session with my therapist, while expressing these feelings, she made it clear to me that I was grieving my eating disorder. At the time, I thought, “why on earth would I grieve something that gave me so much hell?” After talking about it, I realised that my eating disorder had been such a big part of my life for the past decade - it had been a coping strategy for other underlining issues. But now it was time to grieve and to let it go. 

"You’re uncomfortable. You’re embarrassing. You’re shameful. You’re disgusting. You’ve let yourself go". I know now that these were never my words, these were the words of my eating disorder. 

My words are: "I’ve came so far. I’m learning so much. I’m caring for my body. I’m listening to my body. I’m proud. I’m at peace. 
I’ve let myself be" ~ Georgia, 23
This week is Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week (BIEDAW). Who better to speak to the topic of body image or eating disorders than those who have successfully completed (or are nearing completion) of treatment for such concerns. Here's Bella's story:

"For as long as I can remember, I felt like I was slightly too big for the world around me. Bigger than my siblings, bigger than my friends, bigger than the celebrities I idolised. As I grew older, this sensation manifested into disordered eating behaviours that started out as simple and seemingly innocent as skipping a meal when I felt down about my body, or purging when I felt too full – behaviours that snowballed into regular restricting as well as daily bingeing and purging.

Throughout the six years of my life that I spent trapped in this cycle of restricting, bingeing and purging, I believed that all of the effort I was putting into maintaining and hiding these habits was helping me avoid the terrifying prospect of weight gain, and I lost all perspective of what I even looked like or who I even was – the only thing I saw was that my body was fat. I failed to see that my body, the body that was working overtime to keep me alive while I deprived it and treated it like it was worthless, was so much more than the weight I carried.

Through regular therapy and adjusting my eating habits to ensure that I was eating enough, I have begun to come to terms with the fact that my body looks the way it looks and there is no amount of self-hatred or purging that can change it, and that I don’t owe anyone a thin body. I refuse to let my body define me in any way. I’m starting to live my life in the way that I always wanted to but held off doing because I wanted to wait until I was thinner. There is still progress to make, but when I reflect on the past 12 months of therapy I find it hard to believe that I have made it to where I am now, and I am so proud of myself.

Recovery is hard, but living with an eating disorder is infinitely harder ~ Bella. 

#BodyImageandEatingDisorderAwarenessWeek
#BIEDAW #ChangeTheConversation 
Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Eating Disorders Queensland Butterfly Foundation

Our Staff

Dr Nga Tran – Psychiatrist

Dr Nga Tran – Psychiatrist

Kate Gough (nee Pollard) Senior Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist

Kate Gough (nee Pollard) Senior Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist

Alina Turgieva Accredited Practising Dietitian

Alina Turgieva Accredited Practising Dietitian

Vera Keatley – Psychologist

Vera Keatley – Psychologist

Audrey Rafflet – Psychologist

Audrey Rafflet – Psychologist

Kate Lane – Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Nutritionist

Kate Lane – Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Nutritionist

Ashleigh Olive – Psychologist

Ashleigh Olive – Psychologist

Danica Adolfsson – Clinical Psychologist

Danica Adolfsson – Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kiera Buchanan – Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kiera Buchanan – Clinical Psychologist

Emma Reid – Psychologist

Emma Reid – Psychologist

Ashleigh Olive

To be authentic, accepting, and committed to supporting others so that they feel encouraged to share, be heard, and continue to grow in the face of adversity. Read More

Alanah Dobinson

To support people to overcome the barriers preventing them from achieving their full potential. Read More

Kate Pollard

To help others see that appearance does not have to determine their value and worth so that they know that they are not just enough but their uniqueness makes them incredible – just as they are. Read More

Dr Hollie Shannon

To guide and nurture people at their most vulnerable so that they become their intended self sooner and make the most of their life. Read More

Katie Gegg

To offer support to young girls and women to develop their self-worth beyond appearance and to never feel alone in their struggles. Read More

Carly Leverington

To empower and advocate for freedom and healing from diet culture so individuals may come to love and make peace with their true selves. Read More

Dr Andi Alperin

To empower and advocate for freedom and healing from diet culture so individuals may come to love and make peace with their true selves. Read More

Dr Kiera Buchanan

To create a space where people can be understood so that they can become who they want to be. Read More

Our Values

Integrity with every action;
Excellence driven by humility;
To practice what we preach;
To inspire global change;
To recognise that we’re all in it together.

 

Our Vision

A world for everybody.

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Our Mission

To liberate society from eating
and body image concerns.

 

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