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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Rigid diets often make it hard to be flexible and enjoy social events that involve food. Has dieting ever caused you to miss out on going for pizza with your friends, a family BBQ or going to lunch with co-workers. Or if you do go to these social events have you been able to fully enjoy yourself or have you felt guilty and shame for eating food that doesn’t align with your dietary rules or are you distracted thinking about what you need to do tomorrow to make up for it? 

This is why Christy Harrison refers to diet culture are the life thief. She explains that diet culture makes people so fearful of food and anxious about losing control that they can’t even participate in their lives. 

Social connection is an important component of health and quality of life. If your diet is leading to social isolation, your diet is not actually healthy. Real healthy eating allows for flexibility and spontaneity so that you can eat socially and enjoy doing so. Real healthy eating doesn’t involve food rules rather it allows you to engage with your body’s intuition and innate wisdom. 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 judgment. 

We encourage you to think one way you can you practice more flexible and spontaneous eating this week. Perhaps letting go of one food rule? Maybe saying yes joining your friends for an impromptu ice cream date? We’d love to hear from you, let us know what you come up with in the comments below. 

#dietculture #dietmentality #antidiet #antidietmovement #nondietdietitian #nodiets #intuitiveeating #intuitiveeatingjourney #foodfreedom #foodfreedomjourney #nofoodrules
#foodfreedomforever #allfoodsfit #weightinclusive #bodyinclusive #endweightstigma #normalisenormalbodies #allbodiesaregoodbodies #SocialConnection #Connection #Healthy #RAVES
The Live Well Pledge comes from Dr Lindo Bacon’s celebrated book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight. The pledge looks at wellbeing from a Health at Every Size perspective and inspires us to treat our body with kindness.   
 
Share this Live Well Pledge to inspire your friends and family to treat their body with kindness.  
 
#LiveWell #LiveWellPledge #LindoBacon #HAES #HealthatEverySize #HealthAtEverySizeMovement #EatingDisorderRecovery #Recovery #RecoveryIsPossible #DitchTheDiet #DitchDietCulture #HealthNotDiets #BodyKindess #Inspiriation #Inspire
Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses and so induviuals who are experiencing an eating disorder need expert treatment and support.  
 
The sooner you seek and receive help, the greater the chances of achieving recovery. Seeking help as early as possible greatly reduces the severity, duration and impact of an eating disorder.  If you notice any warning signs or symptoms in yourself or someone you care for you should seek professional help straight away rather than waiting for the illness to progress.  

With support and appropriate treatment, people can recover from their symptoms. Eating disorders are treatable at every age, stage and point in a person’s life. With support from the right team of professionals and with a high level of commitment, recovery is certainly possible.  

Share this post to help encourage others to seek the help they need and deserve.  

If you have identified any body image or eating concerns in yourself, we urge you to get professional support. You’re welcome to contact our client care team and make an appointment for an obligation-free professional assessment. Alternatively, you can contact Butterfly’s National Helpline on 1800 33 4673.  

#EatingDisorderAwareness #EatingDisorderSupport #EatingDisorderTreatement  
#EatingDisorderHelp #EatingDisorderTherapist #EatingDisorderDietitian #EatingDisorderRecovery #Recovery #RecoveryIsPossible
Has a friend, colleague or family member ever commented on your weight or asked if, “You’re really going eat all that food?”, or do the people around you make these kinds of comments about their own body and food choices?  

Not only can it be disheartening, but also 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.  

Understand that the people around you aren’t trying to hurt you with these comments. Diet culture is deeply engrained in our society, it is likely that they are not aware that what they are saying is upsetting. This doesn’t make it okay and doesn’t mean it needs to be something you need to put up with. 

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 with food. You have a right to voice how these comments affect you, and you have a right to remove yourself from unsupportive conversations.  

When setting boundaries, it is helpful to let the person know how diet and body talk make you feel. For example, “When you comment on my weight/my eating it makes me feel really upset, it is this something we can stop doing?”. Feelings can’t be argued with and allow the other person to understand why you are setting a boundary.  
 
If you have any other phrases or tips on how to set boundaries around diet and negative body talk let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.
"We're recognising that things like racism, transphobia and fat phobia are actually traumatising, they have a physical impact on the body. So, if we really want to support good health our emphasis shouldn't be on telling people to eat well and exercise regularly, the emphasis should be in creating a more equitable world where everybody has the opportunity to take care of themselves, get treated with respect. And that's how we help to improve health." - Dr Lindo Bacon 

#HAES #HealthatEverySize #HealthAtEverySizeMovement #MoreThanMyBody  
#NormaliseNormalBodies #AllBodiesAreGoodBodies #BodyLiberation #WeightInclusive #BodyInclusive #BodyDiveristy #EndWeightStigma 
#WeightStigmaAwareness #LoseHateNotWeight #SocialJustice
We are constantly bombarded with messages that what we look like is the most important thing about us. We’ve been taught that our ability to meet whatever society deems is beautiful at the moment determines our worth. 

Furthermore, diet culture positions us to view our body as a project that can be improved upon. So, we treat our body as an unfinished task that needs fixing, shrinking, shaping and changing. As we have been positioned to view our bodies as our own projects, we simultaneously accept full responsibility for its ‘improvements’ or ‘failures’. 

What diet culture fails to mention is that these ideal beauty standards are not achievable and contrary to popular messaging, what we look like is largely out of our control. 

What if then, rather than spending our time trying to change our bodies we put that time towards working to accept our bodies and show our bodies respect no matter what we look like? 

What’s one thing you can do this week to practice body respect? We’d love to hear from you, let us know in the comments. 

Share this post to spread the message that our bodies are not a project.

#NormaliseNormalBodies #AllBodiesAreGoodBodies #AllBodiesAreWorthyBodies #BodyLiberation #BodyDiveristy #iweigh #DitchTheDiet #DitchDietCulture #BodyAcceptance #BodyPeace #BodyKindess #BodyImage #BodyPositivity
Many people with an eating disorder access the support of a dietitian at some point in their journey. Unfortunately, the research regarding nutritional input in eating disorder recovery remains poor. More information, including the insights of those with a lived experience, can help inform how dietitians can best meet support those seeking to recover from an eating disorder.

Griffith University researchers are inviting those with a lived experience as well as their carers to share their experiences of seeing a dietitian during eating disorder recovery in a 30-minute interview. If you are interested and would like to learn more go to bit.ly/EDstudy or contact Alana Heafala (alana.heafala@griffithuni.edu.au).

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Weight centric approaches place emphasis on weight and weight loss when defining health and commonly use messages rooted in shame and blame in efforts to motivate people to take individual responsibility to reach a healthy body weight according to normal BMI measurements. High rates of weight gain and weight cycling from weight loss interventions and the adverse health consequences of this reveal that weight centric approach is not effective for most. 

Furthermore, weight centric approaches typically contribute to weight stigma which deepens internalised weight bias which is related to a number of adverse health effects. Demonstrating that focusing solely on weight in order to improve health is likely to result in adverse health outcomes.

Whereas weight inclusive approaches, such as the Health at Every Size Paradigm, view health as multifaceted, acknowledge the biological and physiological drivers of weight change, environmental and psychological contributors, including social determinants of health as well as the inaccuracy of BMI as a primary indicator of individual health. Weight inclusive approaches shift the focus from weight to other indicators of health. They acknowledge the effectiveness of healthy behaviour changes on markers of health irrespective of weight loss. 

Weight inclusive approaches involve encouraging individuals to focus on how healthy behaviour changes make them feel rather than how they make them look or what they do to their weight. This recognition of positive feelings acts as an immediate sense of accomplishment and reinforcement after performing healthy behaviours. This sense of daily accomplishment can better motivate people to stay committed to performing the healthy behaviours compared to feelings of shame and blame. In this way a weight inclusive approach is a more sustainable, effective and enjoyable approach to health. 

Share this post to let others know about the benefits of a weight inclusive approach to health care.
The desire to be thin is so ingrained in our culture that we don’t often ask the question, “Why do you want to be thin?” Today we invite you to consider in the pursuit of thinness what are you really looking for? Is it all about vanity or is it about wanting to be loved? To be accepted? To feel better about ourselves? Dieting gives us a sense of hope, it is common to think if I just stick to this diet and lose [x amount of weight] all our problems will be solved. This is because diet culture has convinced us that losing weight is the key to health, happiness and success. We are told that we are more worthy of love and acceptance if we are thin. 

We live in a society which values thinness, so yes losing weight MAY help you to feel better about yourself, avoid negative judgement of others, be accepted etc etc. However, it is often unachievable, comes at devastating costs and any benefits are usually short lived. 

We invite you to consider what other ways you can accomplish what you are hoping weight loss will provide you.  You want to feel better? Losing weight might be one option. What are some other options? Would treating yourself better and speaking to yourself more kindly also improve how you felt?

We’d love to hear from you, let us know in the comments, in the pursuit of thinness what are you really looking for and what other ways can you accomplish what you are hoping weight loss will provide you?

#EatingDisorderAwareness #EatingDisorderSupport #EatingDisorderTreatement  #MoreThanMyBody #NormaliseNormalBodies #DitchTheDiet #DitchDietCulture 
#HealthNotDiets #BodyRespect #Bodyliberation #BodyImage
Body acceptance doesn’t mean loving everything about your body all the time and honestly this isn’t a realistic expectation. Rather body acceptance means treating your body with respect regardless of how you feel about it. 

 Some tips to cultivate body acceptance include: 
- Focus on your positive qualities, skills and talents, which can help you accept and appreciate your whole self. 
- Recognise and challenge negative self-talk 
- If you are having a bad body image day, distance yourself from negative thoughts 
- Focus on appreciating and respecting what your body can do
- Avoid comparing yourself to others 
- Unfollow or unfriend people on social media who trigger negative body image thoughts and feelings 

We encourage you to choose one act of body acceptance from the list above and have a go at practicing it this week. 

We’d love to hear from you, let us know in the comments if you have any of your own tips for practising body acceptance. 

#BodyImage #BodyAcceptance #BodyPeace #BodyKindess #BodyNeutrality #BodyRespect #Bodyliberation #AllBodiesAreGoodBodies #SelfLove #SelfAcceptance

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.

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Our Mission

To liberate society from eating
and body image concerns.

 

Embark on your journey towards a happier, healthier you.

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