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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We are in awe of our clients. We are in awe of the people who show up, every day, despite what it is they've been through, or are still going through. It takes courage and resilience to reclaim your story. We are privileged, every day, to bear witness to the incredible strength of all of the people we are so fortunate enough to work with. To sit with you, and hold space for your story, is truly a privilege. 
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Every now and then I find a sneaky weight loss ad creeps into my social media feeds. I've curated my socials so I don't see any ads from major companies, however, given the nature of the work that we do, I think social media picks up on the fact that body image is something that is spoken about often. And so it randomly likes to surprise me with a sneaky weight loss ad. 
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I thought I'd sealed off my socials with an airtight 'no body shaming, weight loss or diet ads allowed' kind of seal, but alas, the algorithm outsmarted me. 
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And so the process of reporting and blocking all these bullshit ads continues. Don't get me wrong, there's a deep sense of satisfaction that I get from reporting these ads as 'false or misleading' however, there's also a sense of sadness and anger that washes over me too at the fact that our social media feeds are being inundated with these ads that WE DID NOT ASK FOR. Diet culture is predatory, there's no doubt about it. 
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Pushing back, by blocking and reporting, is one way that we can make a difference. It may not seem like much, but as a collective of folks who are taking a stand, we can slowly but surely ensure that our social media feeds, for the most part, are free from this utter nonsense, making room for more animal photos or dreamy holiday destinations. 
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Take back your feed!!!!
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#centreforintegrativehealth #cfih #feminism #fatpositive #socialjustice #eatingdisorderrecovery #healthateverysize #haes #fatactivism #intersectionality
Put your hand up if you’ve ever reacted to a situation, a feeling, an urge, a thought, (anything really) in a way that felt really impulsive, mindless and completely disconnected? Yep, me too! 
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When we are in situations where we feel overwhelmed, it’s natural for us to want to react in a way that lessens the emotional response that’s simmering within us. In saying that, sometimes we’re not even connected to those underlying emotional states.
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One thing I’ve learned over the years is the importance of giving myself space for consideration. I love this term, because it encapsulates so much - in essence, it’s about giving yourself time to tune in, to connect, to be IN your body, to be mindful, and then, in turn, RESPOND to situations in a way that feels authentic, connected and (often) vulnerable. Mindful awareness allows us the space between. 
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When we respond, rather than react, we are coming from a place of connection. It allows us to honour our needs, honour our emotions, honour our experience. It allows us to stand in our power; it allows us to be brave & to stand up for what we value. It allows us to stay true to ourselves. 
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What are the differences between reactions and responses for you? How does this show up in your life? 
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#centreforintegrativehealth #cfih #feminism #fatpositive #socialjustice #eatingdisorderrecovery #healthateverysize #haes #fatactivism #intersectionality
CFIH psychologist, Ash Olive, spent last Friday at the Body Image & Related Disorders conference at Swinburne University, Melbourne. Along with catching up with our interstate colleagues from Mind Body Well, Ash soaked up all the latest research and tools in treating body-image concerns. We look forward to sharing her new-found knowledge with you all in the new year. Watch this space!!
The holidays are fast approaching and often times our support systems are also on a break; meaning that we can sometimes feel as though we don’t have the tools and the supports of a treatment team. 
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I invite you all to think about what strengths you can draw upon this holiday period? The tools that you have in your toolbox, and the ways of being able to navigate potential stressful situations are all going to be useful here. 
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You have the strength within you. You may not have unleashed its full potential yet, but it’s there. Your creativity, adaptability, flexibility, compassion, ability to communicate your needs - these are all strengths you can draw upon. 
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What’s your biggest strength? Feel free to share with us below.
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#centreforintegrativehealth #cfih #feminism #fatpositive #socialjustice #eatingdisorderrecovery #healthateverysize #haes #fatactivism #intersectionality
Sleep has a massive impact on our physical health and emotional well-being. Getting quality sleep and enough of it is something many of us find difficult or don’t prioritise.  In Matthew Walker’s book ‘Why We Sleep’ he gives the following tips to improve our quality of sleep:
1) Get regular: go to bed and get out of bed at the same time each day 
2) Reduce evening exposure to artificial light (screens and lights)
3) Reduce your body temperature. Have a warm bath before retiring to a cool bedroom. 
You can check out his TED talk here:
https://youtu.be/5MuIMqhT8DM  I’ve also thrown in freshly-washed sheets, some lavender incense, relaxing music, and a journaling session to this evening’s wind-down routine.  What do you do to ensure you get a good night’s sleep?
Irrespective of what you THINK, your feelings will be there regardless. So, you might as well welcome them. They might even hold some important clues if you can sit with them and non-judgementally listen to them long enough to hear what they have to say.
A gentle reminder as we move further into the holiday season. For any number of reasons, the holiday period can be stressful, overwhelming, lonely, sad, anxiety provoking and sometimes scary for a lot of folks. You don’t have to have it all together. You’re allowed to find things hard. Do what you need to do to get through. 
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The CFIH team is thrilled to have had two abstracts accepted for the ANZAED/AED International Conference for Eating Disorders next year!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻  The team will deliver a scientific oral presentation as well as a clinical skills in-conference workshop.  The oral (led by Kate Lane) titled “To weigh or not to weigh”, will introduce a decision-making matrix to inform individualised approaches to patient weighing in the treatment of eating disorders.  The workshop (led by Kate Gough) titled, “But what if I AM fat?” will introduce participants to adaptions to body-image manuals for the treatment of eating disorders in bigger bodies. Along with sharing their clinical expertise, the team also endeavours to draw upon and incorporate teachings from the perspective of those with a lived experiences of receiving treatment for an eating disorder in a bigger body.  Congratulations to Kate L, Kate G, and team. We trust that both conference activities  will be important contributions to the field.  #ICED2020
Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders
Academy for Eating Disorders
Kiera Buchanan
Nicole McDermid
Kate Lane Dietitian
Kate Pollard Dietitian
This is your friendly mid week reminder that you are worthy. Your inner critic may try to convince you otherwise, so let me repeat those words for you. YOU. ARE. WORTHY. 
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I think we all often need to be reminded of our worth. Sometimes it's so easy to forget that we are inherently worthy. Our worth is found within us. We have always been, and always will be, worthy. Nothing will change that. 
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Our Staff

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

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

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Vera Keatley – Psychologist

Vera Keatley – Psychologist

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Jessica Kerin – Psychologist

Jessica Kerin – Psychologist

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Audrey Rafflet – Psychologist

Audrey Rafflet – Psychologist

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Kate Lane – Accredited Practising Dietitian

Kate Lane – Accredited Practising Dietitian

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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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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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