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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.
 
Our centre is conveniently located in East Melbourne close to Melbourne CBD. It is easily accessible with street parking, trains, trams and bus stops nearby.
 
Medicare and private health insurance rebates are available for eligible clients.

 

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. All have worked in a range of specialised eating and weight treatment and research centres.
 
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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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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Rachel Pollard
Psychologist

 
BArts(Psych), GradDipPsychSci, MPsych(Clin)

Rachel is a Clinical Psychology Registrar who's approach to treatment is trauma informed, warm, and non-judgemental. She ensures compassionate, empathetic care, regardless of presentation or concern. Rachel enjoys working with clients across the life span, delivering both individual and group-based therapy. She has previous experience working in both education and private practice settings.

In her clinical work, Rachel utilises a range of evidence-based treatment modalities, dependent on each client’s unique needs. 

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Annemarie Hindle
Clinical Psychologist
BAppSc (Psych) Hons, MPsych (Clin)

Annemarie is a psychologist who uses evidence-based therapies to help people overcome difficulties with eating and body image concerns. She is particularly interested in helping people develop calm eating practices, and a positive relationship with food and their body. Annemarie also  helps patients to prepare forand adjust to bariatric surgery. Annemarie has experience helping people with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and trauma. She is currently undertaking a PhD investigating ways to improve quality of life after bariatric surgery. 

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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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Laini McArdle
Provisional Psychologist

 
BSci(Psych) Grad Dip(Psych) MPsych(Professional)

Laini is a provisional psychologist practicing under the supervision of Annemarie Hindle after completing her Master of Professional Psychology in 2021. Laini has a kind and gentle nature, and is committed to providing a compassionate, supportive and collaborative therapeutic environment for her clients. She has special interests in helping and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders and/or disordered eating, as well as working with adolescents and children. Laini is passionate in providing evidence-based treatments to the community.

Jeretine Tan
Clinical Psychologist
BA (Hons) MPsych (Clin)

Jeretine is a board approved (AHPRA) clinical psychologist who is passionate about using best practice, evidence-based psychological treatment to work collaboratively with individuals struggling with eating, weight and body image concerns. Jeretine uses a warm and compassionate approach in therapy. She is particularly interested in helping people establish a healthier relationship with food and eating, and a more positive body image. She also has experience helping people with depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions and perfectionism

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Dr Anita Raspovic
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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Carolina Simonazzi
Provisional Psychologist

 
BPsych(Hons) MPsych(Clinical)

Carolina is a provisional psychologist who is passionate about helping clients overcome difficulties with eating and body image. She uses a collaborative, person-centered approach that is empathetic and respectful. She has experience working in academic and hospital settings within the eating disorder field in the UK, Italy, and Australia. Carolina has conducted a recent research project investigating the use of Virtual Reality in the treatment of 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

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Specialist Supportive Clinical Management

  • Family Based Therapy

  • 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

  • Eating disorders

  • Weight and shape concerns

  • Preparation for and adjustment to bariatric surgery

  • Body image concerns

  • ​Body dysmorphic disorders

  • 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 and Body Image                  Centre for Eating, Weight and Body Image       

Suite 101                                                                           Suite 215, Level 2,

134-136 Cambridge St                                                    100 Victoria Parade
Collingwood VIC 3066                                                   EAST MELBOURNE 

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

Fax: 03 8640 9061
Web: CEWBI.com.au

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