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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It’s the holiday season, a time where come together to enjoy food with our friends, family and work mates. Unfortunately, these kinds of gatherings are usually rife with diet and body talk. You know the friend that comments on your weight, the family member that asks if “you’re really going eat all that food?”, or the workmate makes these kinds of comments about their own body and food choices. 

It be disheartening and triggering, when you’ve put in so much hard work to stop dieting, remove food rules and speak kindly about your body, but the people around you still engaging in diet and negative body talk. 

Setting boundaries around what types of conversation you are comfortable being a part is an important step in maintaining a healthy relationship with your body and food. You have a right to voice how these comments affect you, and you have a right to remove yourself from unsupportive conversations. 

Some examples of what you can say to set boundaries around diet and body talk include: 
- I’d like to change the subject 
- There are more interesting things we can discuss 
- My body is not up for discussion 
- I just want to enjoy lunch with you, guilt free!

We’d love to hear from you, what are your favourite comebacks for inevitable holiday diet chat? Let us know in the comments below. 

#Christmas #Xmas #MerryChristmas #christmastime #christmasiscoming #holidays #holiday #ChristmasCountdown #Boundaries #DitchTheDiet #DitchDietCulture #NoFoodRules #DietCulture #DietCultureSucks #FoodFreedom #FoodFreedomJourney #FoodFreedomForever
It’s that crazy time of year again when you find yourself constantly celebrating another year with Christmas drinks and festive feasts. We are often faced with many challenges and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here’s our Dietitian’s top 4 tips to not just survive the Christmas season, but to enjoy it.

1. Plan ahead. 
If you’re going to an event on an empty stomach where you anticipate only finger foods will be served, it is likely that you will overindulge on foods you wouldn’t otherwise eat in such quantities. In instances such as these, a little bit of prior planning can go a long way. Taking along some more satisfying foods (e.g., pre-ordered sushi or pita bread and dips) to enjoy during the event can make a huge difference.

2. Trust in your hunger and fullness cues. 
While it is often a common part of Christmas to overeat, no one enjoys feeling more stuffed than the turkey. Before eating, ask yourself “How hungry am I?”, “What do I feel like eating?” and “What/how much will satisfy my hunger?” Eating intuitively in this way can help you avoid feeling deprived whilst saving your appetite for the main meal.

3. Practice mindful eating. 
You don’t enjoy food as much as you otherwise would when you’re focusing on what you’ll eat next or feeling guilty about what you’re eating. Rather, try to slow down your eating experience; savour as many flavours and textures of the food as you can. This will help you be more satisfied with what you eat and less likely to mindlessly overeat.

4. Be thankful for the entire occasion; food is just one part of it! 
Christmas is a time to be thankful for what we have. When you sit down at the table, take a moment to appreciate the food served, the beautiful smells coming from the roast, as well as the way in which a meal can bring your loved ones together. Embrace the happiness and gratitude that comes with this special once-a-year experience!

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We so often look at food in black and white terms that is, we label certain foods as good and certain foods as bad. Diet culture has taught us to assign morality to food which makes us believe that if we eat a ‘good’ food or stick to our diet we’ve been ‘good’, if we eat a ‘bad’ food or break a diet rule we’ve been ‘bad’. 

The moralisation of food disconnects us from our body’s inner wisdom. Instead diet culture tells us to follow rigid external rules when it comes to eating and if we slip up then we lack will power and should bad and guilty for our failure. 

The slip in this case sounds more like a triumph, it sounds like we have listened to our body and given it what it needs. Why should we feel guilty for that? 

Let’s change the way we speak about food. What if rather than labelling foods as either good or bad, we spoke about all foods in a neutral way. Our bodies are designed to eat a varied diet, our bodies are smart and if we give ourselves unconditional permission to eat we can make choices around food that feel good in our body, without moral judgment. 

#FoodGuilt #DitchTheDiet #DitchDietCulture #HealthNotDiets #NonDietApproach #NonDietDietitian #NoDiets #NoFoodRules #IntuativeEating #IntuativeEatingJourney 
#FoodFreedom #FoodFreedomJourney #FoodFreedomForever #AllFoodsFit #CleanEating #EatClean
This week we celebrate 2-years of working alongside our esteemed colleague and valued team member, Psychologist, Audrey Raffelt. 

During her time at CFIH Audrey has compassionately supported individuals to overcome concerns they may have with eating and/or body image. Audrey has a passion for working with families and is a firm believer in the valuable role that loved ones play in recovery from an eating disorder.  

Audrey is a fierce advocate for weight neutral, Health at Every Size approach to health and recovery. In fact, Audrey derives great joy in seeing young people leave treatment not only recovered from their illness but with a sense of social justice instilled. 

Not only is Audrey a skilled psychologist, a values team member, and generously good human, but she is an absolute custodian of the CFIH values of “we practice what we preach” and “inspire global change”. 

Please join us in congratulating Audrey on 2 years with us. Thank you Audrey for your investment and contributions to date. We are grateful to work alongside passionate, hardworking and skilled practitioner like yourself. 

#MeetTheTeam #DreamTeam #FBTtherapist #EDtherapist #HAEStherapist #Psychologist
In the throes of an eating disorder individuals often report that thoughts about the number of calories they have eaten, their weight, how they look in the mirror, food, exercise and controlling these are constantly on their mind, every moment of everyday. 

When you’re thinking about one thing day in day out for every second of everyday there is no room to think about anything else. In this way individuals living with an eating disorder become more and more connected to the illness and less and less connected to things that really matter in their life such as relationships with family and friends, dreams and passions.

During the recovery journey, individuals living with an eating disorder are supported to step away from the eating disorder and in doing so gain the headspace to be able reconnect with the important things in their life. 

Individuals report that in recovery they feel able to fulfil their own potential and no longer feel like they must conform to the expectations of the eating disorder. Individuals have also noted an increased feeling of fulfilment and joy, as well as an increased level of engagement in life and relationships.

There is hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel. 

We’d love to hear from you, if you are in recovery from an eating disorder, what positive changes have you noticed?

#EatingDisorderAwareness #EatingDisorderSupport #EatingDisorderTreatement #EatingDisorderRecovery #Recovery #RecoveryIsPossible #Happiness #LivingMyBestLife #CourageOverComfort #Inspiriation #NeverGiveUp #BelieveInYourself
Earlier this week our psychiatrist Dr Nga Tran gave a presentation on the topic of ‘Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults’ to advanced child and adolesent psychiatrists and psychiatry trainees. 

Nga spoke to: 
- How to assess and engage 
- Making a diagnosis 
- Providing initial advice 
- Assessment of medical risk
- Not missing an eating disorder 
- The treatment of eating disorders  

Well done Nga! 

#ED #EatingDisorder #psychiatrist #EDpsychiatrist
It can be hard to resist the allure of fad diets or so called ‘lifestyle’ changes with their promises to provide quick fixes to your health, energy and weight concerns. But let’s call fad diets what they are, glorified restriction that contributes to a culture of disordered eating. 

Need more convincing? Let’s debunk some of the common myths about clean eating. 

Myth 1. Clean eating will allow you to achieve health and wellness
-In reality labelling foods as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and only allowing yourself to eat foods which have been deemed ‘good’ and ‘pure’ leads to anxiety around food, social isolation, nutrient deficiencies and an increased risk for developing an eating disorder. 

Myth 2. Clean eating will allow you to stop feeling guilty about what you eat 
-‘Clean eating’ tells us to follow rigid external rules when it comes to eating and if we slip up then we lack will power and should bad and guilty for our failure. The only way to not feel guilty about food is to give yourself unconditional permission to eat all kinds of food. 

Myth 3: Clean eating will result in less cravings for ‘bad’ foods
-Restricting energy and removing certain foods from your diet will not lead to the elimination of cravings, rather it will more likely result in increased cravings and binge eating of ‘forbidden’ foods. 

We invite to reflect on whether dieting has worked for you in the long run before, and if not, ask yourself would this time really be any different? 

This is the first step in rejecting diet culture and finding food freedom. Practice self-compassion during this process, diet mentality is deeply ingrained and normalised in our culture, so deconstructing and unlearning this mindset takes time and patience. 

#ditchthediet #healthnotdiets #ditchdietculture #nondietapproach #dietculture #antidiet #nondietdietitian #intuitiveeating #intuitiveeatingjourney #foodfreedom #foodfreedomjourney #nofoodrules #foodfreedomforever #allfoodsfit #EatClean #CleanEating
Around 25% of Australians actively avoid gluten, this is despite the fact that only 1% of Australians actually have coeliac disease, an autoimmune condition, where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.  With another 7% of Australians reporting avoiding gluten because of non-coeliac gluten intolerance, this leaves the majority, 17%, of Australians avoiding gluten because of its presumed health benefits. 

Wait so what’s so bad about gluten again? Why is it the devil? And why should I avoid it at all costs?

Wellness gurus will tell you that gluten is a ‘toxin’ that is not able to be digested by the body and so going gluten free will lead to, glowing skin, improved energy levels, weight loss and a host of other health benefits. 

Look, these gurus aren’t entirely wrong, for people with coeliac disease gluten is ‘toxic’. When people with coeliac disease eat gluten, their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. This damage to the small intestine can lead to symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea and more. A gluten free diet has great health benefits for people with coeliac disease, allowing people to avoid the damage that the autoimmune response their body has to gluten causes to their small intestine. 

However, there is no convincing evidence to suggest that a gluten free diet has any health benefits other than stopping autoimmune responses in people with coeliac disease. In fact, gluten-free substitutes are often low in fibre and have fewer nutrients, not to mention they are significantly more expensive. If you don’t have coeliac disease or non-coeliac gluten intolerance, both of which are for a medical professional to diagnose, there is no health benefits to avoiding gluten. 

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Can’t stop thinking about food? When physical signs of hunger are ignored, the body increases its efforts to make you eat, one way it does this is by increasing your thoughts about food.

If you have ever restricted your food intake, you will undoubtedly have experienced this preoccupation with food. You may have thought about food in your car to and from work, while you were trying to concentrate on studying, or while you were watching television. You may have found it difficult to concentrate on conversations because of incessant thoughts about food. You may have found yourself thinking about what to eat, how much you will allow yourself to eat, how you can prepare it. 

All of these thoughts are your body’s way of encouraging you to eat the food it needs. 

Have you experienced this extreme preoccupation with food due to dietary restriction? How did/does it influence your life? We’d love to hear from you, let us know in the comments of this post.  

#EatingDisorderAwareness #EatingDisorderSupport #EatingDisorderTreatement #ED #EatingDisorder #Restriction #DietCulture #DitchTheDiet #DitchDietCulture 
#HealthNotDiets #IntuitiveEating #IntuitiveEatingJourney #FoodFreedom
Although not yet a formally recognised diagnosis, the notion of ‘Orthorexia’ is certainly a very real and concerning one. Literally meaning “fixation on righteous eating”, those with orthorexia are described as being obsessed with healthy eating.

With all the hype about gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, organic, grain-free, vegetarianism, etc it’s no wonder that many are left feeling guilty no matter what they eat. In addition to the deleterious effects on mental health, orthorexia can negatively impact on individuals’ physical health through its tendency to lead to disordered eating and malnutrition.

Before you too get caught up in believing that vegetables are virtuous and the consumption of any of the other food groups is sinful, remember this: all food is morally neutral. The type of person you are is not determined by the types of food you eat. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to improve your health and make more nutritious choices, there is also nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional piece cake. In fact, doing so can be good for your emotional health and (if shared with friends) your social life.

Share if you agree. 

#Orthorexia #CleanEating  #DitchTheDiet #DitchDietCulture #HealthNotDiets #NonDietApproach #NonDietDietitian #NoDiets #NoFoodRules #IntuativeEating #IntuativeEatingJourney #FoodFreedom #FoodFreedomJourney #FoodFreedomForever #AllFoodsFit #EatingDisorderAwareness

Our Staff

some of our team are also fluent in French, Dutch, Vietnamese and Russian

Marthe Van Iwaarden – Psychologist

Marthe Van Iwaarden – Psychologist

Kate Ryan – Registered Psychologist

Kate Ryan – Registered Psychologist

Dr Nga Tran – Psychiatrist

Dr Nga Tran – Psychiatrist

Rebecca Haubner – Psychologist

Rebecca Haubner – Psychologist

Renee Curran – Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Renee Curran – Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Kate Gough (nee Pollard) Senior Dietitian

Kate Gough (nee Pollard) Senior Dietitian

Alina Turgieva – Dietitian

Alina Turgieva – Dietitian

Vera Keatley – Clinical Psychologist

Vera Keatley – Clinical Psychologist

Audrey Raffelt – Psychologist

Audrey Raffelt – Psychologist

Kate Lane – Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Nutritionist

Kate Lane – Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Nutritionist

Danica Adolfsson – Clinical Psychologist

Danica Adolfsson – Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kiera Buchanan – Clinical & Health Psychologist

Dr. Kiera Buchanan – Clinical & Health 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.


Our Mission

To liberate society from eating
and body image concerns.


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