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’ve heard from many of you that you’re finding recovery increasingly difficult at the moment - not only due to increased stress and pressures but also owing to restricted or reduced access to your usual supports. We hear you and we are here to support you!  The team at CFIH have been brainstorming options as to how we can provide this support in a way that is accessible & financially viable for all those requiring it whilst also sustainable for CFIH as a service. While we would love to offer this support for free to everyone requiring it, we are an entirely independent entity that receives no government or philanthropic support. So instead, we’re trying to be creative through the development of a ‘pay what you can afford’ framework.  We hope to have the basic scaffolding of this support service ready to announce early next week. If you think that this would be of value to you and you haven’t already expressed interest, please let us know the frequency you would like to attend, an indication of what you’re able to afford for the service, and any suggestions/comments/feedback that you have for us as to how we could structure this to best accommodate you and your needs.  Thank you for providing the feedback that helps us to better help you.  https://cfih.com.au/product/online-meal-support-group-for-individuals-with-an-eating-disorder/
I had a number of people reach out and offer messages of kindness, encouragement, compassion & support in response to my Facebook live video yesterday. Thank you!!  Not only was I touched by people’s generosity of time and energy (particularly in a time when people are trying to manage their own distress) but it was another reminder that, when used appropriately, vulnerability fosters connection and intimacy.  As promised, here is a 4-step summary of the process I have trained my compassionate self to respond to me with during such times of distress. This process has been adapted from Kristin Neff’s ‘self-compassion break’ which can be found in a guided meditation form here: https://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/#guided-meditations  Thank you to everyone who reached out. May you all fill your own cups (and be receptive to others doing the same for you) in the same manner you have each shown me over the past 24hrs ~ Kiera
Distance. Not disconnect.  Social connection is always important for our mental health. It’s especially important in the midst of stress and chaos.  It’s not easy to stay connected with the current laws around social distancing. We are grateful that our access to technology affords us a means of connecting on a regular basis.  What are others doing to stay connected to colleagues, friends, and loved ones in the midst of the social distancing laws?
We would like to introduce our newest member of the CFIH team, Brianna Thomas.  Bri has a wealth of experience in healthcare administration, comes highly recommended and has been a familiar face to many of you already.  If you haven’t already met Bri, please introduce yourself when you’re next on the clinic and join us in helping her to feel welcome.
Kiera: "We're so relieved to have you back in the country and back to the clinic!!!!"
Danica: "Ummmmm.... yehhh... about that..."  *Send us your best captions!*  We are thrilled to announce that Danica has safety arrived back in Australia. Despite being jet-lagged, quarantined, and in the wrong state of Australia, she is grateful to be "home" and "back to work" on Monday.  While we are all greatly disappointed that we won't be seeing Danica in person for some time yet, we are happy to confirm that she will be online and available to offer support remotely by the end of the week.  If you have questions or concerns about what this means for you or your appointments with Danica, please speak to our client care team on (07) 3161 0845 or info@cfih.com.au.
Until now, our fast-paced rapidly-evolving modern world with its frenetic consumerism has led to a gradual decline in our health and happiness - leaving many of us lonely, depressed and disconnected.  If there is to be a silver lining in the chaos of COVID-19 perhaps it is that we develop a stronger desire to reconnect with ourselves, our values and the world around us. 
While we might feel alone, the truth is that the whole world is right here in the midst of this with us. Many people do know how we feel and understand what we are going through.This shared experience reminds us of our common humanity. 
The thousands of people self-isolating in an effort to protect others (whom they have never met) is an incredible act of compassion and solidarity. Let us be reminded of the kindness of the human spirit and allow ourselves to receive the warm wishes others send out into the world for us to remain well and spared from suffering. 
In times like these, we realise how fragile the likes of our materials pursuits are and how strong and dependable love really is. The threat of being restricted access to material privileges that we ordinarily take for granted reminds us to appreciate the necessities - food, water, fresh air, shelter, toilet paper (sorry, we couldn’t resist) and access to health care! We are presented with an opportunity to cultivate gratitude for these necessities. 
Through the cancelling of events and meetings, we may feel an unexpected sense of relief. Possibly, it is because we have mindlessly said "yes" to obligations for so long, forgetting what we miss through not saying "no". 
Mother Nature has been afforded a small relief from the destruction caused by human activity with the marked drop in air pollution in China and the clear water of the Venice canals a lesson to us in the ways in which we need to change our ways.  While we all try to adjust to a new state of “normal”, let’s keep our spirits high, our hands clean, our physical bodies distant and remember that “we’re all in this together”. Vera - Psychologist, Art Therapist
We encouraged you to speak up and advocate for yourselves and over the past few weeks, you've done just that! Well done!!  We have been inundated with requests for additional support to help you cope during the increasingly difficult times. We've listened.. and we want to hear more. 
We have developed a short, 2min survey. Please take the time to tell us how we can best invest our resources to support you.  Surveys close at midnight Wednesday (April 1)  https://poll.app.do/pg/how-can-we-better-support-you
Making light of a tough situation.  When we walked into the clinic this morning to see plastic-covered couches (to be wiped down throughout the day), we decided that if we didn’t laugh about it, we’d only cry.  There’s nothing funny about COVID-19 or its many flow-on effects but there is value in focusing on the lightness & humour in bad situations in an effort to make them more tolerable.
Guess who successfully boarded the plane home from South America??!!!!  We are all very excited to have Danica back in the country with us as of tomorrow morning! Obviously she will need to stay in quarantine for 14 days however, she’ll be officially back at work (albeit online & remote) and available for telehealth sessions as of next week.
You have a part to play in keeping our clinic open for face-to-face appointments. - https://mailchi.mp/4ca6d2a4ffdd/introducing-consultant-psychiatrist-dr-nga-tran-12402406

Our Staff

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Dr Nga Tran – Psychiatrist

Dr Nga Tran – Psychiatrist

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Emma Reid – Psychologist

Emma Reid – Psychologist

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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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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.

 

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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