Vera Keatley - Clinical Psychologist

Vera is a registered clinical psychologist, art therapist, and social worker.

She comes to us with 17 years’ experience working with children, teens and adults struggling with eating disorders and complex co-morbid presentation, across different settings in both Australia and overseas.

Vera believes that good effective therapy is only possible when clients feel truly listened to, understood and cared for. With her gentleness and authenticity, she aims at creating a safe therapy place.

also fluent in French

  • Master of Sciences in Psychology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Master of Psychology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Master of Art Therapy, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, NSW
  • Diploma in Social Work, Lausanne, Switzerland

Like all the practitioners at CFIH, Vera is passionate about supporting individuals to overcome concerns they may have with eating and/or body-image. Vera also upholds CFIH’s commitment to promoting and supporting body diversity adopting a Health At Every Size (HAES), weight-neutral approach to everything she does. In her free time, she enjoys life drawing classes  an artistic celebration of beauty at every shape and size.


In addition to the above, Vera is especially interested in supporting individuals with co-morbid trauma and/or interpersonal difficulties to overcome their eating disorders so that they can resolve their trauma or other difficulties effectively.

Rebates are available under an Eating Disorder Management Plan, Mental Health Care Plan or Chronic Disease Management Plan with a referral from a General Practitioner (GP) or Psychiatrist. Please contact our Client Care Team for more information about obtaining a referral from your GP.

Vera is also registered to provide psychological services which may attract rebates from private health insurers. Please check with your private health fund to determine your eligibility for rebates on psychological services.
Vera is also a registered provider of the Sunshine Coast Eating Disorder Access Trial (SCEDAT). Please contact our Client Care Team for more information about receiving support from Vera through this initiative.

No, you can self-refer to CFIH without a GP referral and may be eligible for a rebate through your private health insurer. Please note however, Medicare rebates are only available with a referral from a General Practitioner (GP) or Psychiatrist.

For information about receiving support through the Sunshine Coast Eating Disorder Access Trial (SCEDAT), please speak with our Client Care Team.

Vera is available for client appointments at our Sunshine Coast clinic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

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  • Member of ANZAED.
  • Former President of Anorexia and Bulimia Association (ABA), Switzerland.

Keatley, V (2019) A multimodal approach to overcoming childhood trauma, using cognitive behavioural therapy and art therapy in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts therapy, Volume 13, no 1.

• Family Based Therapy for Eating Disorders
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E)
• Cognitive Behavioural Guided Self Help GSH-CBT)
• Internal Family System Therapy (IFS)
• Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
• Sand play therapy