I help individuals with Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and disordered eating behaviours to establish a healthier relationship with food and their bodies. Imagine a life where your relationship with food was one that was enjoyable and pleasurable rather than full of fear and anxiety? It is possible!
I will help you establish a pattern of regular and adequate eating in order to reverse the consequences of malnutrition. We will then work together to help you improve the variety and flexibility in the foods you eat as well as support you to participate in social eating. Over the course of our sessions together, you will learn to implement the tools that will help you overcome your struggles with eating.
Medicare for Eating Disorders:
- If you are living with an eating disorder AND meet the eligibility criteria, you are able to access a Medicare rebate for 20 sessions with a dietitian and 40 sessions with a psychologist within a 12 month period. This is called an Eating Disorder Plan (EDP).
- If you do not meet the criteria for the EDP, you may still be able to access a Medicare rebate for up to 5 sessions with a dietitian and 10 visits with a psychologist/year.
- Speak to your GP to see if you are eligible.
- You can read more about this here.
- The new medicare items cover both face-to-face and telehealth services.
- Note there will still be a gap fee to pay for each session (see the Consult Fees page for more details).
When trying to recover from an eating disorder, it is important that you have a team of health professionals to support you. I will liaise with your GP and/or psychologist/psychiatrist to ensure you are medically stable and on the path to a successful recovery.
What does Eating Disorder Treatment Involve?
- Initial assessment appointment to gain an understanding of your background and your particular difficulties with food, eating and your body.
- Discussion of treatment goals and a course of action going forward.
- Usually involves attending between 10 and 20 individual sessions over a period of 3-10 months. The duration of treatment will depend on the severity of your difficulties.
- Each treatment session lasts for 50 minutes.
- Weekly appointments usually work best (especially at the beginning of treatment), with a reduction in frequency as you gain momentum and need less support.
- You may wish to involve partners, family or close others in your sessions.
To read more about these very serious mental health conditions visit the National Eating Disorders Collaboration site.