Eating Disorder Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage your eating disorder through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage your eating disorder through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.

Learn about eating disorders

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, you may find that your life revolves around food. Whether you’re obsessing about food, overeating, or avoiding food altogether, controlling what you eat is seen as a way to control your life and find happiness.

 

Eating disorders refer to a group of conditions defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake, whereby the individual’s physical and mental health is affected. If any of the symptoms or behaviours below are familiar to you, you may either have an eating disorder, or you may have disordered eating habits which could lead to the development of an eating disorder. In either case, if your eating habits are causing you anxiety or are affecting your functioning, it is important to speak to a professional. Early intervention is vital in successfully treating, or otherwise preventing an eating disorder. Alternatively, if you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder in the past and are experiencing a relapse, or still struggle with symptoms of an eating disorder, seek help from a psychologist at VCPS.

 

Help is available, and a psychologist can help you to break free of the destructive thoughts and behaviours that take over and stop you from living life to its fullest. Don’t let food control your life.

 

Do you engage in/experience any of the following?

Constant and repetitive dieting

Monitoring or recording food intake (counting calories, fasting etc)

Restricting your diet – e.g. cutting out food groups or limiting the types of food you can eat

Eating alone or in secret

Using rituals around eating (e.g. having to use particular cutlery, or eat at a certain time of day)

Spending excessive time to plan meals or shop for food

Feeling guilty or anxious after eating

Fear of gaining weight or being unable to control your weight

Obsessively checking your body (e.g. standing in front of the mirror or measuring your waist)

Feel out of control when eating

Excessive or compulsive exercise – i.e. feeling you have to exercise no matter what

 

Overcoming an eating disorder involves rediscovering and accepting who you are, beyond what you eat, what your body looks like, and your weight. Therapy is crucial for individuals with an eating disorder, as the disorder often leads to social isolation and prevents friends and family from being able to provide support, leaving you to feel you have to fight the disorder alone. Your someone.health psychologist can provide you with support and treatment through:

 

 

Addressing your negative thoughts and behaviours

Setting goals for the future

Helping you to understand what drives your disordered eating

Developing a reward system where you can reward yourself when you have done something to positively improve your eating behaviour

Assisting you to uncover of how your lifestyle structure and relationships with others impact your disorder

Eating Disorder Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling on eating disorders. 

Rosemary Lindsay

Rosemary welcomes clients concerned with personal issues such as anger, stress, anxiety, and depression, self-esteem, phobias, adjustment, behavioural change, eating disorders, smoking cessation, grief and loss, and relationships. She also welcomes clients with workplace issues such as career development, motivation, performance, and interpersonal conflict.

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Viviana Jancso

Viviana has completed a Bachelor of Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Masters in Clinical Psychology and more recently has completed a Bachelor of Law. She has been trained to use evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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Rosie Akers

Rosie has worked as a psychologist for over 15 years, with individuals across the lifespan, ranging from parents and infants, young children, adolescents, to adults. Rosie has a particular interest in working with individuals who are having difficulty finding direction in their lives as well as those experiencing worry and anxiety.

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Teresa Caruso

Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.

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Chiara Paganini

Chiara is an experienced clinical psychologist wiith experience working with a diverse range of patients, including adults, migrants, Indigenous population and CALD people. Chiara will help you to disarm your ‘inner critic’ – the self-limiting voice that undermines our true capabilities and potential. Chiara works with you collaboratively and transparently, focusing on your strengths and teaching skills to help you to tackle challenges and work toward valued life goals.

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Nick Rayner

Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.

Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Eleanor Middleton

Eleanor offers a down to earth approach in assisting you to address your concerns through exploration of your own solutions. Eleanor offers thoughtful well informed psychological therapy and adheres to an evidence based approach in her practice.

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Claire Wood

Claire works with a range of clients across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Claire has a keen interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is listed as an ACT therapist. She is also interested in Neurodliversity with an emphasis on autism and ADHD. Claire uses a trauma informed approach and uses schema and narrative therapy.

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Rosa Medina Barron

Rosa strives to help clients to gain greater insight into their lives to understand and overcome their presenting issues, develop their self-confidence and make meaningful changes in their lives. Rosa provides psychological services in both English and Spanish.

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Manya Scheftsik

Manya is experienced in helping people change behaviours that form part of a chronic condition whether physical or psychological. These changes include becoming more physically active and fit; pain management; feeling in control of your eating; the moderate consumption of alcohol; and cessation of smoking & problem gambling. She also has extensive experience helping people exit a substance abuse lifestyle.

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Margaret Garvin

Margaret has over 25 years’ counselling experience and has engaged with clients to address wide ranging presentations, including issues related to anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. Margaret recognises that each person is unique, as are their presenting issues. Hence interventions are tailored to the individual, not the condition.

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Chris Santalucia

Chris has experience working with a diverse range of clients. This includes working with people with anxiety and depression, PTSD and trauma related recovery, relationship issues, family dysfunction, grief and loss, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties and much more.

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Geoffrey Haines

Geoff has over 10 years of experience working as a psychologist and has a keen interest working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, procrastination, interpersonal difficulties and low self esteem. Geoff is trained in evidence-based approaches including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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Christine Craig

Christine has extensive experience working with a diverse range of clients from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Her work has involved working in private practice, in schools and as a therapist for children, adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

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Wame Gofamodimo

Wame has been practising for over 10 years and brings a level of maturity and professionalism to her role as a psychologist. Wame’s key areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, grief & bereavement, workplace issues, life difficulties & transitions, eating disorders, and anger & conflict.

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Louise Stanley

Louise has extensive experience with children and adolescents but is very comfortable working with all age groups. Clients with issues in the areas of self esteem, stress, anxiety and depression, substance use issues and body/weight related issues would be assisted by Louise’s experience in these fields.

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Simon Coyle

Simon is a qualified primary school teacher as well as a registered psychologist. Simon has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and behaviour and emotional disorders in children. He has a relaxed, easy going nature and likes to provide people with the skills to manage life’s challenges.

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Stephanie Cook

Megan is a passionate Clinical Psychologist and Neuroscientist. She has completed additional clinical training in treatments including Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and other compassion and mindfulness based approaches.

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James Minson

James’ approach to mental health is about mind-body integration and looking at the “whole person”. Mental health influences how we feel, think and move, how we communicate and relate to the world, and can seriously impact our physical health. James will hep make sense of how this all fits together, to explore unhelpful thoughts and behaviour, and identify different options.

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Eyleia Saleeb

Eyleia has worked with a broad range of people presenting with different life experiences and problems. Eyleia has worked with children who suffer from internal problems such as anxiety and depression, as well as external issues such as ADHD and ODD.

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