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ABOUT HELEN

I am an accredited practising dietitian and registered counsellor with over 25 years of experience and have also had a lived experience with an eating disorder. 

 

I specialise in working with children and adolescents with eating disorders, in particular, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa; Avoidant Restrictive Eating Disorders (ARFID) & Atypical Anorexia Nervosa (ANN); neurodiversity (ASD&, ADHD) mood disorders; depression and anxiety. 

I have a strong interest in working with children and adolescents with autism (age 5 and above) and their parents on developing a more positive relationship with food; to challenge rigidity around food rules and increase acceptance of new foods so as to improve overall nutritional status. 

I recently worked at St Vincents Health in the Body Image and Eating Disorder Program where I was involved in running day program groups for adults with an eating disorder. 

I am a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and PACFA and provide counselling to children, adolescents and adults of all ages. 

 

I am extremely passionate about working with parents and provide counselling to assist them to work through and help navigate the complexities of living with a young person with an eating disorder.

My counselling style is warm and gentle- I like to work closely with the whole family to to provide a safe and supportive space.

I use a variety of evidence-based treatments including

  • family therapy;

  • individual therapy;

  • motivational interviewing;

  • adolescent-parent therapy and

  • emotion-focused therapy.

  • schema therapy

Current Work:

  • Dietitian and Registered Counsellor- Private Clinic in Ivanhoe and Ashburton 

  • Supervision- dietitians and mental health clinicians

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  • Master of Counselling

  • Family Based Therapy training for Eating Disorders

  • Credentialed Eating Disorder Specialist

  • Master of Teaching (primary/secondary teaching)

  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Schema therapy training 

  • Supervisor Training 

  • Motivational interviewing training 

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