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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This is me after leaving this morning’s group running session early..  .. to conserve energy for the day ahead,  .. to avoid injury & illness through not over doing it,  .. but mostly because I was no longer enjoying it & the thought of a leisurely stroll through the parklands and a few more chapters of my audiobook was more appealing.  It’s only exercise. If it’s causing you distress, you’re doing it wrong.
Our fingerprints are uniquely ours, just as our bodies are. Body diversity exists, and it's glorious. It's not such a difficult concept to grasp; the fact that our bodies are all as unique and glorious as our fingerprints. 
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The team here at CFIH are wholeheartedly supportive of celebrating ALL bodies for the unique and incredible beings we are. We are committed to creating a brave space where ALL bodies can exist and feel peaceful. We are here to support you to explore your own body story and the glory of being human. We see you. 
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#centreforintegrativehealth #cfih #feminism #fatpositive #socialjustice #eatingdisorderrecovery #healthateverysize #haes #fatactivism #intersectionality
Please take this reminder into your week, and always - Trauma is NEVER your fault. You are not to blame. At all. Trauma is something that we always seem to carry the burden of, yet the responsibility and the burden is never yours. 
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#centreforintegrativehealth #cfih #feminism #fatpositive #socialjustice #eatingdisorderrecovery #healthateverysize #haes #fatactivism #intersectionality
Would anyone like to join me in a few rounds of interpretive dance? I mean, my moves aren't great (think writing my name in the air with my butt kind of not great!!) but it could be fun and a great way to diffuse the situation.
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In all seriousness though, coping with diet and weight loss talk can be hard at the best of times, especially if you're in a situation that you're finding it hard to move away from. Here are some small tips to hopefully make situations a little more bearable. 
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I personally like to find a child or a pet if I am at a social gathering - there's something soothing and grounding about spending time with a child who is completely and utterly embodied, as well as animals who are so incredibly healing. 
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What else would you add to this list? 
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#centreforintegrativehealth #cfih #feminism #fatpositive #socialjustice #eatingdisorderrecovery #healthateverysize #haes #fatactivism #intersectionality
In reviewing the findings from the ANGI (Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative) study, I found this beautiful quote from one of the main authors, Hunna Watson, describing her experience of working with clients with an eating disorder.  At CFIH we too share this view of our clients (and all individuals with an eating disorder): your vulnerability for illness onset is also one of your superpowers.  We are honoured to walk by your side as you recover from your illness and in doing so, are liberated to share your gifts with the world.
Who else experiences those niggling negative thoughts that tend to want to run at a mile a minute and hijack your brain? Yep! Me too. Sometimes those thoughts will lessen in intensity as the day goes on, and sometimes we're able to get through what we need to in order to feel a sense of freedom from those thoughts. 
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A while back, I started to try to sing my negative thoughts to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. Not only was it ridiculously hard to try to put my thoughts into the melody, but it was actually kind of ridiculous and often made me giggle. This exercise was a circuit breaker - it allowed me enough space to be able to take a breath, re-evaluate and get on with whatever I was doing. Granted, there were some days where it felt like I had the whole philharmonic in my head, and Twinkle Twinkle became an earworm that wouldn't leave for a while, but it's always something that I can go back to. When I found that this wasn't enough of a circuit breaker, I would then know that I'd had to move on to something else - and often that meant just allowing my thoughts to be, without trying to change them, and without judging them. 
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What other melodies could we sing our negative thoughts to? I mean (and I may be showing my age here) but some old school 80's & 90's pop would be pretty great! Just remember that we are not our thoughts. Our thoughts can come and go in waves, sometimes we need a circuit breaker and other times we just need to let our thoughts be. 
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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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Jessica Kerin – Psychologist

Jessica Kerin – Psychologist

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Vera Keatley – Psychologist

Vera Keatley – Psychologist

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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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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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