Michelle is one of our resident psychologists at Hallam Family Practice. Michelle can assist with a range of clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders, as well as overall life difficulties such as grief and loss, work / school stress, bullying and relationship problems.
Michelle has completed her doctorate researching eating behaviours. She has assisted many people to change their relationship with food and eating. This is achieved through a "non-dieting" and “HAES – Health At Every Size” perspective. Michelle can help patients identify and manage their unique triggers to non-hungry eating (emotional eating, boredom eating, etc), improve body image / acceptance, learn to eat mindfully, and enjoy food without guilt. This approach has been found to increase wellbeing and reduce yo-yo dieting (weight loss followed by weight gain), as research has ironically found that dieting is the main cause of weight gain.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Michelle has undertaken further study in eating disorder treatment and has worked at several private clinics providing treatment specifically for patients with eating disorders. She has completed a course on CBT-E (enhanced cognitive therapy). Currently there is no better framework for treating eating disorders than CBT-E.
Eating Disorder Plan
Michelle offers treatment for eating disorders for a limited number of patients. From November 2019, some eating disorder patients will be able to access up to 40 psychology sessions every year with a Medicare rebate. This Medicare program is called the Eating Disorder Plan. There is a strict criteria patients must fulfil to obtain this funding. Your GP can assess your condition, and if you qualify for the funding, they can complete the referral to Michelle under the Eating Disorder Plan.
Please note, patients referred under the Eating Disorder Plan will not qualify for bulk billing.