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).
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.
Stephanie has an eclectic non-judgemental view and extensive compilation of therapeutic tools to support you in becoming your best self. Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients of all ages, issues and genres. She connects with a genuine no-nonsense approach with her clients.
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.
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.
Karen is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience. Karen’s approach looks at the person as a whole, taking into consideration mind, body and breath. She has completed in depth training in meditation and breathing techniques. She has also spent a considerable amount of time in India and Bali and developed an appreciation and understanding of other cultures and religions.
Jennifer has more than 25 years of experience and works with people experiencing low self esteem, anxiety or interpersonal difficulties as well as those experiencing parenting concerns, disordered eating or workplace challenges. She is experienced in many areas including helping people move through the challenges of relationships both in their personal life and in the workplace.
Trevor provides therapy for men – he understands guys have a need for specialised male focused interventions for mental health. Trevor has experience supporting male clients with impulse control matters such as anger management, mood regulation, phobias, relationship distress, financial management and internet usage. He also treats addictive behaviours including overuse of pain killers, illicit drugs, gambling and alcohol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With over 22 years experience as a psychologist and executive leader, Ross has developed a highly professional suite of organisational and clinical skills to provide compassionate, caring and committed evidence-based psychological services to individuals and couples that makes a real difference.
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.
Ari doesn’t just rely on “talk therapy” but also works with the subconscious and body. He utilises a variety of techniques including guided meditation, visualizations, somatic experiencing, brainspotting, and emotion-focused release to let go of trapped negative energy keeping you “blocked” in an unwanted state of consciousness as a result of past trauma. Ari focuses on treating adults and does not see children and adolescents.
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.