Natalie is an experienced Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Credentialled Eating Disorder Clinician (CDEC). She graduated from Curtin University in Perth with a degree in Nutrition and Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics in 2010. During her 12 years of experience, she has worked with clients in a range of settings including Private Practice, Community settings and Hospitals in Perth as well as regional locations around Western Australia.
She started her private practice – Be Mindful Nutrition – in 2019 as a way of supporting clients to achieve freedom from struggles with food, body image concerns and eating disorders.
She has completed specialist training in the following:
- The Non-Diet Approach for Dietitians – Fiona Willer & Fiona Sutherland
- The Person-Centred Approach to Weight Management – Dr Rick Kausman
- Eating Disorders for Dietitians
- Fiona Sutherland and Shane Jeffrey
- WA Eating Disorders Outreach and Consultation Service (WAEDOCS)
- Body Image – The Missing Piece of Whole Body Healing – Marci Evans and Fiona Sutherland
- Trauma informed Dietetic Care – Fiona Sutherland and Tracy Brown
In her spare time you will find her hanging out with her dog Nala, catching up over a nice meal with friends, listening to podcasts and audio books and doing joyful movement such as hiking, rollerblading and yoga.
I was born in South Africa and moved to Melbourne, Australia with my family when I was 11 years old. I moved to Perth for my studies and ended up loving it so much that I have stayed here!
During my teenage years, I developed an interest in health and wellness. I used to read women’s health magazines and worry about what I ate and what I looked like. Despite growing up in a family that encouraged food enjoyment and variety, I recall complaining to my mum that we didn’t eat enough vegetables and that we weren’t “healthy” enough.
This interest eventually led me down the path of studying nutrition and dietetics. During that time I still believed that food and exercise was something that needed to be strictly controlled to be healthy.
Over the years I have seen the devastating effects that dieting and a weight-focused approach has had on people not only physically (ineffective result in the long term) but mentally too. The shame, desperation and anxiety experienced by clients as a result of this “diet culture” didn’t sit well with me and led me to complete extra training and learn new strategies and tools to support clients.
I have come to know that health is much more complex than eating less and moving more and that weight is not a predictor of health. A non-diet, intuitive approach to health and wellbeing is what
In challenging my original beliefs I discovered the Non-Diet Approach to health and wellbeing. I went on to learn more about the Health at Every Size® (HAES®) and Intuitive Eating principles. These provide the framework for supporting people of all shapes and sizes to find sustainable, enjoyable and compassionate ways to take care of themselves. This was a stark contrast to the previous approach which encouraged restriction, deprivation, and body shame which I believe (and the evidence supports) caused more harm than good.
So it made perfect sense to me to adopt this evidence-based, size-inclusive and body-positive approach in my clinical practice. I have been using the non-diet approach in my practice ever since to encourage clients to focus on health and behaviour change instead of weight and body size. This is my area of expertise and it is applicable to all diet-related health concerns showing remarkable results on people’s health and wellbeing.
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Sev is our Client Services Officer (CSO) and is available to answer all of your enquires and manage all appointment bookings.
She is currently studying her Masters in Dietetics. She was first introduced to the concepts of a non-diet approach and Health at Every Size (HAES®) at university and now spends her free time reading and learning about HAES®. She feels really happy to support Be Mindful Nutrition clients and be a part of the non-diet, Health at Every Size movement.
She is an Australian with a Turkish background and loves being part of both cultures.
In her spare time you will find her eating out and trying new foods, bush walking, forest therapy / meditation, yoga and crocheting.
To read more about the dietitian services that we offer at Be Mindful Nutrition, Perth click here.
To learn more about Health At Every Size® (HAES®) visit the HAES® Australia website