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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Unrequited love is one of the most painful experiences. Along with feelings of rejection, it is often associated with a sense of shame - of somehow being unworthy, defective, not good enough, or unloveable.  When this is experienced as a child within the context of a parental relationship, the pain is excruciating. As a society, we believe that "all parents love their children" and so, children who are born feeling unloved internalise a belief that there must be something fundamentally wrong with them.  Through therapy with an experienced therapist, we can come to recognise the limitations of certain people and their capacity to love and care for others. We can learn to accept that not everyone we meet will have the capacity to love us in the way we need to be loved. This does not make us unloveable or unworthy of love. It simply means that this particular individual is not the person we can expect the love and care we need from. Furthermore, we would be wise to seek to have our needs met by someone else - someone with a greater capacity for love and for care.
When you zoom right out and take in the whole picture, life really is wonderful and the shape & size of your body so incredibly irrelevant.
Our relationship with our bodies and with food is the foundation upon which all nutrition should be built.
As the clinic has gotten busier, we have struggled to maintain the standard of administration and accounts support that we have previously prided ourselves on. As such, we are thrilled to introduce another warm & welcoming face to our front desk to make your visit to our centre as smooth as possible.  Please meet Sophie. Sophie is a 3rd-year psychology student who aspires to join our team as a clinical psychologist specialising in eating disorders and body-image concerns upon the completion of her studies. Along with her own lived experience of recovery from an eating disorder, Sophie is also a recovery mentor and public speaker through Eating Disorders Queensland. You can probably see why we are so thrilled to have this skill set join the CFIH team.  Please introduce yourself and make Sophie feel welcome when you’re next in the clinic.
Look what arrived just in time for the first workshop of the series ("Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders") to kick off in Melbourne later this month.  Dr. Kiera Buchanan will present her research and clinical experience in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for the treatment of eating disorders and body-image concerns. If you're a professional working in this field, we hope you will join us for what we trust will be an informative and inspiring day of learning.  Last chance tickets are available online: https://cfih.com.au/product-category/events-for-practitioners/
Therapy isn’t only there to support you during difficult times, therapy is also the training ground for you to learn new ways of thinking, managing emotions, and behaving. And, as is the case for anything, showing up and consistently doing the work results in the acquisition of new skills more quickly and effectively.
When the person you love says something you find hurtful..
When your friend lets you down..
When you're vulnerable with someone and get rejected..
When someone criticises you..  The answer is not to harm yourself. 
The answer is to soothe your distress.  Instead of depriving yourself of your next meal, try making yourself a hot water bottle and a nice cup of tea.  Instead of binge-eating, try getting all your thoughts and feelings down onto paper.  Instead of trying to lose weight, try getting the emotional weight of your chest by talking it out with a trusted confidante.  Among many things, recovery from an eating disorder includes finding ways (other than controlling food/body-image) to feel better in the face of distress.
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Our Staff

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Kate Pollard – Accredited Practising Dietitian

Kate Pollard – Accredited Practising Dietitian

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Kate Lane – Accredited Practising Dietitian

Kate Lane – Accredited Practising Dietitian

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Naomi McKenzie – Client Care Co-ordinator

Naomi McKenzie – Client Care Co-ordinator

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Ashleigh Olive – General Psychologist

Ashleigh Olive – General Psychologist

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Danica Adolfsson – Clinical Psychologist

Danica Adolfsson – Clinical Psychologist

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Lily Robinson – Psychologist, Clinical Psychology Registrar

Lily Robinson – Psychologist, Clinical Psychology Registrar

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Dr. Kiera Buchanan – Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kiera Buchanan – Clinical 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.

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