Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be defined as unhealthy eating habits which can include body image issues, obsessions with food, body and weight, over-exercising, purging behaviours, calorie counting, restricted food intake and binging. Left untreated these behaviours can lead to serious mental health issues.  
 
Our Psychologist Stephen Vann has a keen interest in the diagnosis and treatment of Eating Disorders. He brings  a wealth of knowledge to the team and a desire to support young people and families through this difficult presentation. Stephen offers a comprehensive assessment and evidence-based treatment to individuals and families affected by Eating Disorders.

We will be able to offer 2 things:

We will be able to offer 2 things:

Assessments

An eating disorders assessment is designed to gather information about a persons presentation and to establish whether they meet the clinical criteria (DSM V) of an Eating Disorder.  Determining whether a person is an avoidant eater or whether they have an eating disorder is essential in formulating treatment plans.

During your Eating Disorders Assessment you may be asked to complete:

  • Eating Disorders Examination Questionnaire (EDEQ)
  • Clinical Impairment Assessment (Questionnaire)

An Eating Disorders assessment phase comprises of 4 hours:

  1. 1 hour initial session (claimable through Medicare with a MHCP)
  2. 2 hours Assessment Package including behaviour screening tools and consultation by your psychologist with General Practitioners, dieticians, other medical professionals, schools and teachers and development of a treatment plan (this assessment phase is not claimable through Medicare)
  3. 1 hour feedback session for your  psychologist to discuss the results of assessment tools, diagnosis and treatment plan options (claimable through Medicare with a MHCP)

Treatment

Following your assessment phase, your Psychologist will formulate a treatment plan which may include:
 
  • individual therapy (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy enhanced for eating disorders) and/or:
  • Family based treatment (FBT) for the person and their family known as the Maudsley Model

All treatment intervention whether it be individual or therapy is designed to promote and improve emotional wellbeing by restoring and stabilising weight and address unhelpful thoughts that are contributing to the Eating Disorder.