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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Yesterday CFIH psychologist, Audrey, delivered the ‘Introduction to Eating Disorders’ lecture to the UQ Psychology Master’s students yesterday. 

We hear that the lecture was a hit, with students being well engaged and particularly interested in learning about adopting weight-neutral approaches to health and eating disorder treatment.

Thank you Audrey for your ongoing commitment to creating a world for everyBODY.
Recovery from an eating disorder is always possible however, it is rarely easy. Recovery mantras or affirmations can help to keep you focused and encourage you to keep moving along your recovery pathway. Here are some of our favourites but we'd love to hears yours. Whether you're in recovery or just starting out on your journey, what mantras help or have helped you to stay the course?
Body image is a combination of the thoughts and feelings that we have about our bodies. National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) identifies four aspects of body image:
1: Perceptual body image: how we see our bodies (this is subjective and not always objectively accurate). 
2: Affective body image: how we feel about and towards our bodies.
3: Cognitive body image: the way we think and the thoughts we have about our bodies. 
4: Behavioural body image: how we embody our bodies, treat our bodies, and the way we behave in relation to our bodies.

With this in mind, we can see how body image can be improved in the absence of weight loss through:
1: Changing the amount of thought that we give to our bodies. For example, reducing our fixation on and preoccupation with the shape/size of our bodies and giving more emphasis to other parts of ourselves and our lives. 
2: We can also work on changing the types of thoughts that we have about our bodies. One way of doing this is to challenge our thoughts through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Alternatively, we can practice shifting our thinking style from judgement-based thinking (ie., “good”, “bad”) to objectively observing our body through mindfulness-based practices. Or we can adopt the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) of radical acceptance with regard to our thoughts about our bodies.  
3: Changing the way we embody, treat, and behave with respect to body image. We can do this through body-based practices such as yoga or other forms of joyful movement (ie., dance).
4: Another behavioural approach to changing our body image is through the way we dress our bodies (ie., covering up our bodies in shame vs wearing clothes that we feel good in). 
5: The ways in which we engage in physical affection and intimacy can also shift aspects of our body image. 
6: Through treating our bodies with care and respect (ie., nourishing our bodies with plenty of nutrition, getting sufficient sleep & rest, moderating our caffeine & alcohol intake, etc) we can start to feel more loving towards our bodies, thereby improving our body image. 

Stay tuned for how dieting and weight loss interfere with and can worsen, rather than improve, body image.

Our Staff

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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