Eating Disorders

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Break free of diet culture, learn to listen to what your body needs and develop positive relationships with food and body.

My aim as an outpatient dietitian working in the field of eating disorders is to foster an environment that is supportive, non-judgemental, safe and collaborative in order for you to start to heal your relationship with food and your body.

In order to do this my practice is based upon a number of key principles:

Evidence Based Practice and Practice Based Evidence: I greatly value the input of research and regularly review the latest evidence in order to determine how to improve my practices. When and where appropriate I integrate new ideas and methods into my treatment approaches.While I have also done many courses, working with and learning from my clients is one of my greatest teachers.

Client Experiences and Personal Journeys: Sitting with and genuinely hearing the many client experiences and personal journeys is also a fundamental teacher as these experiences are unique to every person. They provide me with a depth of understanding about the human condition that can not be taught in a classroom. As a country born and raised clinician working in a country town, I bring a unique perspective as I believe I have a fairly good understanding of the particular challenges rural patients and clients face when recovering from Eating Disorders.

Individualised and Client Focused: Discussing with you treatment options in a collaborative and inclusive way is a hallmark of my style. While there are guidelines regarding what treatment options should be pursued, I also acknowledge that there is no one right way to do things. Your involvement in decision making is paramount.

Inclusive of Support People: Having the support of people on this journey can be incredibly valuable and I encourage the inclusion of Support People who can assist you while you work towards improved health and well-being.

Appreciation of Multidisciplinary Care: I highly value a team approach and work with you to establish and coordinate an effective Multidisciplinary team that can enhance and support your recovery. This team may include (and is not limited to) your GP, psychologist/therapist, psychiatrist, paediatrician, social worker, nurse, youth worker, carer.

Commitment to Health at every Size and the Non-Diet Approach: As a HAES aligned dietitian I believe that no one should be treated differently based on their body size. I believe all bodies deserve respect and care. Consequently, I take a weight-neutral approach as I believe that focusing on weight gets in the way of focusing on nutrition and health goals. In order to do this, I use the Non-Diet approach as dieting greatly risks perpetuating a disordered relationship with food. This is fundamental to all my practice, not just in my work with Eating Disorders.

My Expertise

Eating Disorders:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • Unspecified Feeding and Eating Disorders

Weight Management, Body Image and Chronic Dieting

  • Fussy Eating
  • Emotional Eating
  • Chronic Dieting
  • Orthorexia

Sports Nutrition

  • Disordered Eating In Athletes

“One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself.”

Gabourey Sidibe

How does the dietitian help?

My role as an outpatient dietitian in eating disorder recovery is initially to help establish structure and routine in eating, as well as ensure my client is    aware of what is a nutritionally adequate amount to be eating each day. Over time, we also work together to expand the amount of variety a person is eating, as often people with eating disorders have “safe” foods and foods they consider “bad”.

This work can be very anxiety provoking and together we talk about the thoughts and feelings that have been stirred up as a result of changing  eating behaviour. However, often alot of this work rests with a person’s psychologist or therapist, and for that reason, it is important that I work closely with other medical or allied health professionals on person’s treating team. This enables me to understand other medical and psychological issues more fully and often deal with the eating disorder more effectively.