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We can help adults, adolescents and children experiencing eating, weight, and body image concerns improve their health, wellbeing and happiness.

 

The Centre for Eating, Weight and Body Image provides best-practice, evidence-based psychological assessment, treatment and support to individuals and families experiencing eating, weight, or body image related concerns and associated physical health (e.g., diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome) and mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders) difficulties.

 

We take a weight inclusive, non-dieting approach to our work. This includes accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes and promoting all aspects, physical, psychological and social, of health and wellbeing for people of all sizes. 

Our experienced psychologists work collaboratively with a range of medical (e.g., GPs, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, surgeons) and health (e.g., dieticians, exercise physiologists) professionals to best meet client needs.
 

We are located at East Melbourne, and our clinic is easily accessible with street parking, trains, trams and bus stops nearby. We also offer telehealth appointments.


 
Medicare and private health insurance rebates are available for eligible clients.

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Team

Our Team

Our psychologists have been hand-picked for their warmth, training and experience in the treatment of eating, weight and body image related difficulties. They are provided with training and supervision by experts in the field so they can provide best-practice treatment.

 
Our psychologists use a range of evidence-based approaches to help you improve your health and wellbeing. As we are client-centered we work collaboratively with you to plan and implement these treatments to best meet your needs.

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Dr Leah Brennan
 Clinical and Health Psychologist
BAppSc (Hons) MAppSc PhD

Leah is the Director of the Centre for Eating, Weight and Body Image. She is a clinical and health psychologist who is passionate about ensuring client-centred, evidenced-based treatment is available for people experiencing eating, weight, or body image related difficulties. She has a particular interest in integrated treatment for associated mental health (e.g., depression and anxiety) and physical health (e.g., polycystic ovary syndrome, type 2 diabetes) conditions. Leah provides training and supervision in providing evidenced-based treatment for people experiencing eating, weight, or body image concerns.

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Dr Anita Raspovic
Clinical Psychologist
Grad.Dip.Psych, B.Psych.Sci (Hons),
M.Psych.(Clinical), PhD

Anita is passionate about developing warm and supportive relationships with clients, providing evidence-based treatment for eating, weight and body image concerns. She is a psychologist and a Credentialled Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC). Anita works to support people with a broad range of mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, and attachment-related concerns. She has a particular interest in working with young adults (16+) and adults with eating disorders, and with people living in average and larger sized bodies, pre-post bariatric surgery, gender diverse individuals and men. Anita completed a PhD and her masters research investigated body image and health behaviours. 

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Lauren De Losa Provisional Psychologist
 
BPsychSc (Hons), MProfPsych

Lauren is a provisional psychologist who has completed her Master of Professional Psychology. Lauren has a specific interest in helping a diverse range of individuals overcome eating disorders and develop a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

 

She is passionate about providing evidence-based interventions for eating disorders and other mental health difficulties and uses a warm, empathetic, person-centred approach in therapy.

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Tanya Gilmartin
Senior Clinical
Psychologist
BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical)

Tanya is a board (AHPRA) registered Clinical psychologist with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. She has a history of working with personality disorders and using both group and individual therapy. She is passionate about developing a warm and supportive relationship with clients and providing them with evidence-based treatment for eating disorders, eating, weight and body image related difficulties and mental health conditions more broadly. Tanya is committed to providing evidence-based eating disorder treatments for adults and adolescents in the community. 

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Diana Neves
Clinical Psychologist
BA Psych, Hons,  MPsych (Clin)

Diana is a Clinical Psychologist passionate about providing evidence-based treatment for individuals and families impacted by eating disorders. She is deeply committed to cultivating a warm, supportive, and collaborative approach, with the primary focus on helping individuals develop healthier relationships with food, their bodies, and their emotions.

With extensive experience across hospital and community mental health settings, Diana also offers support for anxiety, depression, stress, and sleep issues. Drawing from her background as a former elite-level athlete, Diana has a strong interest in eating and body image issues within sport. Diana is dedicated to ongoing training striving to provide the best support for lasting recovery and improved mental health.

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Georgia Quirk
Provisional Psychologist

 
BPsych (Hons), MProfPsych

Georgia is a provisional psychologist who has completed her Master of Professional Psychology. Georgia has experience in evidence-based treatments for people struggling with eating, weight, and body image issues. Georgia also has substantial prior experience helping individuals through evidence-based and holistic approaches for various mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders. Georgia aims to foster a more positive association between food and body image and values working with a wide variety of clients.

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Dr Capella Meurer
Psychologist
BA Psych (Hons),
M/PhD Psych (Counselling)

Capella is a psychologist who uses a collaborative approach help people overcome difficulties with eating, weight, and body image. She focuses her practice on client centred, evidence-based approaches. She has a particular interest in helping people to develop a positive relationship with food and their bodies through the recovery journey. Capella has experience helping people with depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and addiction. She has worked in a number of settings, including inpatient, private practice, and community settings. Capella completed her PhD in March 2021; it focused on people’s experiences of eating disorder treatment and recovery. 

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Lara Malobrodski Psychologist
BCom, BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clin)

Lara employs a collaborative approach as a psychologist, assisting individuals in addressing challenges related to eating habits, weight concerns, and body image issues. She is passionate about establishing a supportive therapeutic relationship with clients, offering evidence-based treatment.

 

Lara prioritises the therapeutic relationship and views it as a joint effort tailored to the client’s unique needs. She is interested in helping individuals develop a positive connection with food and their bodies. Lara has experience supporting individuals with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, ADHD, relationship issues and low self-esteem. She is bilingual, speaking English and Russian. 

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Tahlia Paterson Provisional Psychologist
BPsychSc (Hons), MProfPsych

Tahlia is provisional psychologist who has completed her Masters of Professional Psychology. Tahlia provides a warm and empathetic approach toward supporting clients in overcoming difficulties with eating, weight, and body image. She is interested in providing evidence-based treatment for eating disorders, and helping clients to build a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

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Mary-ely Bechara Provisional Psychologist
BPsych(AltHons) MPP(General)

Mary-ely is a board registered (AHPRA) provisional psychologist. Mary has an extensive background in providing trauma and crisis support to the community and is passionate about providing evidence-based psychotherapy to those experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders or difficulties coping with life stressors. She is bilingual, speaking English and Arabic, and has a deep understanding of the influence of culture on the individual. 

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Client Support Team 

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Emma
Practice Manager


 

Emma has extensive experience in Practice Management and Digital Marketing for psychology organisations. She is an advocate for non-dieting and body positivity and has a passion for promoting a sense of calm and collaboration within teams and organisations. She is currently working towards completing her Bachelor of Marketing and Communication and is excited to bring her perspectives and ideas to the practice.

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Millie
Client Support

 

Millie (she/her) provides compassionate and diligent assistance to clients. Having completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Millie
is dedicated to effectively assisting clients in accessing support and care. She is especially passionate about eating, weight and body image psychology, and hopes to both engage in research and become a Clinical Psychologist. She seeks to ensure that every client's journey is marked by both empathy and efficiency.

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Brooke
Client Support

Brooke strives to provide a seamless and compassionate experience for all individuals who interact with our clinic. Brooke is currently completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), with plans to become a practicing psychologist, with particular interest in supporting the mental health of individuals in regional areas. Brooke is dedicated to providing comprehensive administrative services and looks forward to connecting with clients.

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Dana  
Client Support

 

Dana is currently completing her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She is passionate about anticipating and meeting patient needs and assisting them in accessing support in recovery. She has a background working with youth and strives to become a psychologist specialising in eating disorders. 

Our Approach

 

We take a weight inclusive, non-dieting approach to our work. This includes accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes and promoting all aspects, physical, psychological and social, of health and wellbeing for people of all sizes. We promote healthy eating that considers nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure, as well as appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity.

Our psychologists utilise a range of best-practice evidence-based approaches to help you overcome your eating, weight, and body image concerns to improve their health, wellbeing and happiness. As we are client-centred we work collaboratively with you to plan and implement these treatments to best meet your needs.
 
The best-practice evidence-based interventions we use include:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Family Based Therapy

  • Specialist Supportive Clinical Management

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy

  • Behavioural Family Intervention

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Our Services

We offer collaborative, client-centred, evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment of eating, weight, and body image concerns in adults, adolescents, children and families. 

 

We work closely with other medical and health professionals to provide the effective possible interdisciplinary treatment and support.

We offer psychological assessment, treatment and support for:

 

Eating concerns/disordered eating including: 

  • Binge Eating

  • Loss of control of eating 

  • Emotional eating

  • Grazing

  • Chewing and spitting

  • Yo-yo dieting

 

Eating disorders ​including: 

  • Bulimia Nervosa 

  • Binge Eating disorder 

  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder 

  • Anorexia Nervosa 

  • Purging Disorder 

  • Night Eating Syndrome 

  • Orthorexia 

  • Compulsive Exercise 

  • Other Feeding and Eating Disorders

  • Weight and shape concerns 

  • Preparation for and adjustment to bariatric surgery

  • Body image concerns

  • ​Body dysmorphic disorders

    • Body Dysmorphic disorder ​

    • Muscle Dysmorphic disorder

  • Related medical conditions (e.g., type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome)​

  • Related psychological conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, stress)

  • Child feeding and eating problems including

Medicare and private health insurance rebates are available for eligible clients. 

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Eating Concerns

Our psychologists utilise a range of best-practice evidence-based approaches to help you overcome an eating disorder/disordered eating and to improve your health, wellbeing and happiness.

WEIGHT
Concerns

We take a different approach when helping those who are concerned about their weight. We take a weight inclusive, non-dieting approach supporting clients achieve their goals.

BODY IMAGE Concerns

Our team uses best-practice evidence-based body image interventions to help you overcome body image distress and improve your health, wellbeing and happiness.

CHILD FEEDING
& Eating
Concerns

We work with parents to take an approach to child feeding allows children to develop into competent eaters, makes mealtimes more enjoyable, and can improve parent-child relationships more generally

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Appointments are available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.


 

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Centre for Eating, Weight & Body Image

Suite 215, Level 2,

100 Victoria Parade

East Melbourne VIC 3002

info@CEWBI.com.au
Tel: 03 9070 5444

Fax: 03 8640 9061

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