Affordable treatment for eating, weight and body image concerns

Published: Monday 26th May 2014

The new Clinic for Healthy Eating and Weight offers high-quality, low-cost treatment for a wide range of eating, weight and body image concerns.

Located within the ACU Melbourne Psychology and Counselling Clinic (MPACC), the service provides confidential psychological help to men, women, teenagers and children for issues such as:

•    Loss of control or anxiety around food
•    Bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder
•    Body image concerns
•    Challenging meal time behaviour and picky eating in children
•    Overweight and obesity, including health coaching following weight-loss surgery.

The clinic is led by Associate Professor Leah Brennan who said many people in our community, of all shapes and sizes, experience distress related to weight, eating and body image.

Associate Professor Brennan specialises in the application of psychological approaches to understanding and treating eating and weight disorders and their psychosocial comorbidities.

“While free public services are available for people with extreme eating disorders and obesity, to date there’s been a lack of low-cost, evidence-based services for people with less severe eating, weight and body image concerns,” she said.

“The Clinic for Healthy Eating and Weight can help people to better understand their eating and weight problems.  Clients learn to change their behaviour, thoughts and emotions around eating, weight and body image, which can result in significant improvements in their physical and mental health.”

“Our treatments are based on the most current research, and we work collaboratively with a range of health professionals such as paediatricians, psychiatrists, dieticians and maternal and child health nurses to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.”

Treatment at the Clinic for Healthy Eating and Weight is provided by Master’s students undertaking postgraduate qualifications in psychology, under the supervision of Associate

Professor Brennan. The first session is free of charge, with a small fee charged for subsequent sessions. Treatments for individuals, groups and families are available, and a referral to the Clinic is not required.

The clinic is located in The Daniel Mannix Building, Level 5, 17 Young Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065 and is open to people of all cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

For more information contact the clinic on chew@acu.edu.au or (03) 9953 3006.

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