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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Whilst the body positive movement has been around for a few years now, body neutrality is a relatively new term that is gaining momentum, so what’s the difference, and is one better than the other?

Body positivity is the idea that no matter your size, shape, weight, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability, everyone deserves to have positive outlook on their bodies regardless of society’s expectations.

Body neutrality is about how your body makes you feel, without placing any judgements on its shape, whether positive or negative. There is no importance placed on your body or what it looks like, rather, it’s about the idea your body is a vessel to help carry you through life.

Many are finding that body positivity has become a commercialised buzzword. Some people find that body positivity movement maintains too much focus on their body or is too great a step away from the body dissatisfaction they have felt for most of their lives.

Others believe that our bodies are impressive creations to be celebrated regardless of what they look like, and they find the body positivity movement to be a powerful tool towards self-love. 

Whilst some believe body positivity is “over” and neutrality is “in”. I believe this black and white mentality, like in most cases, isn’t so helpful. There’s a space for both and it’s really a personal choice. Whichever movement works for you, these approaches both strive to improve self-esteem, wellbeing and create a world for everyBODY. 

#aworldforeverybody #bodypositvity #bodyneutrality #selflove #bodyacceptance #mentalhealth #edrecovery
One of the key characteristics of an eating disorder is its intrusive voice about body, weight and shape. It can dominate an individual’s life and convince them that their self-worth can be found only within the eating disorder. 

The eating disorder often claims that the only solution to feeling better and improving self-worth is to continue with their current behaviours, when in fact the opposite is true. No matter how much weight is lost, or how much control is given to the eating disorder, it is not the solution to better self-worth, body image, confidence or self-esteem in the long-term. 
  
Our clients have shown us time and time again that leaving their eating disorder behind doesn’t mean leaving the life they want behind. 

#morethanmybody #EDrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #lifewithouted #mentalhealth #therapy #edtherapist #recoveryispossible
One area that is less talked about when recovering from an eating disorder, is the importance of sleep. It improves the ability to make logical decisions, learn, memorise, strengthen our immune system, supports a healthy gut microbiome and regulates hormones important for our hunger/fullness cues. Unfortunately, getting a good night’s rest can be incredibly difficult for those with an eating disorder and insomnia is quite common.

Even if you regularly sleep under 8-9 hours per day and don’t often feel tired, there are many underlying physiological mechanisms that are being disrupted. When we don’t get enough sleep, our body doesn’t get the chance to regulate and reset itself for the next day, essential for those undergoing recovery.

Here are some ideas that will help with improving sleep:
1. Avoid the temptation to nap in the late afternoon/evening, and if you do nap, limit the time to a max of 20 minutes.
2. Pick a bedtime and set an alarm to remind you it’s time to prepare for bed.
3. Take time before bed for self-care (that excludes screens); take a bath, use a face mask, listen to some calming music, read or meditate.
4. Place your screens as far away from your bed if possible and avoid using your phone as your alarm. 
5. If you struggle to fall asleep try some breathing techniques.
6. If you do wake up during the night, avoid all screens, don’t check the time.

If the voice in your head is causing you to stay up, it’s not a good idea to stay in bed as this can lead to listening and believing in those negative thoughts. Distract yourself with calming activities and keep repeating until you fall back to sleep. 

Sleep is very important in your recovery and by making it more of a priority, it will help your brain function and focus during the day.

#EDrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #lifewithouted #mentalhealth #therapy #ed #edtherapist #intuitiveeating #mindfuleating #socialjustice #recoveryispossible #sleep #sleepwell #sleepbetter #sleepsupport
#4
“One other thing that has also stuck with me is the relationship we have with our bodies. 
I remember saying “oh my gosh my body is starting to trust me again!” 
And Kate Gough said to me “but trust is a two-way street, and I think I can sense that you are beginning to trust your body right back”
I now have a trust in my body and mind that I never thought I would have, and I trust that it will know exactly what to do with the fuel and energy that I give it."

#morethanmybody #EDrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #lifewithouted #mentalhealth #therapy #edtherapist #recoveryispossible #CBT #cognitivebehaviouraltherapy
#3
"There is a saying that our bodies are merely vessels that carry our souls through life. I like to now think of food as the fuel that we need to power those vessels. Food shouldn’t be feared.
While food is fuel, it can also be fuel for your mind, bring happiness, and bring people together."

#morethanmybody #EDrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #lifewithouted #mentalhealth #therapy #edtherapist #recoveryispossible #CBT #cognitivebehaviouraltherapy
CFIH is also excited to announce that Renee Curran has joined the CFIH team in 2021. We are excited to share that Renee will be consulting across both the Sunshine Coast and Kelvin Grove clinics.

Renee is an experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian who firmly believes recovery is possible for everybody. Renee's compassionate and non-judgemental approach allows clients to feel safe and supported throughout their recovery journey.

Welcome to the CFIH community, Renee!

#nondietdietitian #EDtherapist #HAES #EDdietitian #eatingdisorderdietitian
CFIH is thrilled to announce that Rebecca Haubner has joined the CFIH team in 2021.

Rebecca is a registered psychologist who completed her postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University. 

Rebecca aims to provide a warm, compassionate, and client-centred approach to therapy, utilising evidence-based interventions to support her clients in understanding the challenges they are facing and moving toward their therapy goals. Rebecca is passionate about empowering her clients to feel safe and supported in learning to draw on their existing strengths to make meaningful, sustainable changes toward enhanced well-being, and in learning how to cultivate a kinder, more compassionate relationship with themselves.

Rebecca has commenced consulting at our Kelvin Grove clinic from Monday through Friday. Please join us in welcoming Rebecca to the CFIH community.

#EDtherapist #clinicalpsychologist #eatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisorderhelp
#2
“I resisted eating disorder recovery for so long because I had an all-or-nothing / black-or-white mentality. I thought engaging in recovery meant I wasn’t allowed to eat balanced or nutritious foods anymore.
Coming out the other end, I have now realized that being on either ends of the spectrum are not healthy. Finding a middle ground, where you can eat the fruits, vegetables, and wholegrains, but also eat the cakes, pizza and ice-cream, is the healthiest (and happiest) way to be. “

#morethanmybody #EDrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #lifewithouted #mentalhealth #therapy #edtherapist #recoveryispossible #CBT #cognitivebehaviouraltherapy
In response to the updates announced by the Premier today, Centre for Integrative Health will resume face-to-face client appointments as of 8am tomorrow (Tuesday, January 11th). 

In order to ensure we keep all clients, staff, and visitors to CFIH safe during this time, we have revised the COVID policies for both our Brisbane and Sunshine Coast clinics. Please take the time to read the following and to familiarise yourself with our clinics’ COVID policies in order to ensure your visit to our clinic is a safe experience for everyone involved. 

Mandatory mask-wearing:
• If you are attending an individual appointment (only yourself and your practitioner will be present for the duration of the client appointment), neither you nor your clinician are required to wear a mask however, you are welcome and encouraged to if this is your preference. 
• If you are attending your appointment with a support person/s and there will be 3 or more people in the consulting room at any given time, everyone in the consulting room (including your clinician) will be required to wear a mask. 
o If there are more than 3 people attending a session and the session entails a meal support component (i.e., for FBT family meal sessions), masks will not be required while eating or drinking the meal but will be required prior to and following the meal. Your practitioner will also wear a mask for the entire duration of this session. If you are uncomfortable with this option for any reason, family meal sessions via videoconferencing are available. 
o Similarly, if you have would like a support person to accompany you to your appointment but you and/or the support doesn’t wish to wear a mask, your support person can call or video into the session rather than attending in person. 

Social Distancing: 
In order to adhere to social distancing practices, we ask that, 
• If you arrive early for an appointment, we encourage you to wait in your car or outside the clinic. If waiting outside the clinic, please pay attention to social distances and, where provided, adhere to signs indicating safe distancing. 
• Numbers in the waiting room are kept to no more than 5 (excluding CFIH staff) at the Brisbane waiting room and no more than 3 people (excluding CFIH staff) are present in the Sunshine waiting room. Again, please take note of and abide by social distancing signs where they exist. 

Hygiene & Cleaning: 
• We remind you that if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms that you refrain from attending the clinic in person until you have received clearance from the relevant health authorities. In most cases, your provider will be happy to provide your appointment via phone or video instead. 
• When attending the clinic in person, please use the hand santiser provided before entering the clinic, before and after using our Eftpos machine, before and after entering the bathrooms, and upon leaving the clinic. 
• The CFIH team has completed COVID-19 infection control training and have reintroduced cleaning & santisation measures in order to ensure the health and safety of our clinic for all those whom access it.

If you have questions or concerns about attending the clinic in person, please contact the coronavirus health information line on 1800 020 080 or our client care team on (07) 3161 0845 or info@cfih.com.au.
Hearing what recovery can do for clients can be more effective when hearing it from someone who has gone through treatment themselves. The next four posts are quotes from a client (with their permission), about their learnings from their recovery.

#1
“I resisted eating disorder recovery for so long because I didn’t see the point in trying to recover from something that had been with me for so many years, and I truly, whole-heartedly believed would be part of me forever. 
Coming out the other end, I have now realised that while my eating disorder will stay with me and be part of me forever, it no longer defines me. 
I now have another perspective outside of the eating disorder and life is much brighter here. I like to think of my eating disorder as a little “cloud” that is within my reach but not quite. I can lean out and grab it if I truly want to – but life is much better here.”

#morethanmybody #EDrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #lifewithouted #mentalhealth #therapy #edtherapist #recoveryispossible #CBT #cognitivebehaviouraltherapy

Our Staff

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

Ashleigh Olive – Psychologist

Ashleigh Olive – Psychologist

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.

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Our Mission

To liberate society from eating
and body image concerns.

 

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