Throughout my life I have maintained a keen interest in and passion for food and its relationship to health and disease, particularly mental health. My key area of expertise is Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating across the entire spectrum. I have worked and studied at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden at the Mandometer and MandoLean clinics whose eating disorder treatment focuses on behaviour change and normalising eating behaviour. I currently work as Senior Dietitian at a private psychiatric hospital in Melbourne, predominantly in the Eating Disorder Program. Since 2012 I have also been working in private practice as a member of The Eat Love Live team, I connect strongly with the philosophy of Eat Love Live and enjoy working with the highly professional and dynamic team at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre. I have a sound understanding of eating disorders and other mental health issues and have the necessary skills to be able to support clients in their recovery. I am skilled in communicating specialist advice in a practical way to people of all ages and stages of life and with a variety of health conditions.
I am passionate about supporting people in developing a healthy relationship with food, I also connect strongly with the Health at Every Size philosophy. My aim is to provide a supportive and non-judgemental environment, while providing sensible non-prescriptive advice about food and nutrition. With much confusion in our society about what to eat, the “good” and the “bad” and conflicting views in the media I enjoy debunking the myths and erroneous information that leaves people feeling bewildered and anxious. My principle aim is to help people understand and respond to their natural cues of hunger and fullness, understand their appetite and learn to eat intuitively.
- Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Monash University, Melbourne 2005
- Diploma of Counselling, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, Australia (in progress)
- Sports Nutrition, Australian Institute of Sport, 2006
- Motivational Interviewing
- Health Coaching
- Mental Health First Aid for Adolescents
Professional Memberships and Associations:
- Dietitians Association of Australia
- Eating Disorders Victoria
- Eating disorders (Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, NOSFED, Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Overeating)
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Gastrointestinal Nutrition including irritable bowel syndrome or malabsorption of lactose or fructose
- Insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance Type 2 or gestational Diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- High cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension and other heart health problems
- Iron deficiency anaemia
- Women's health including menopause and osteoporosis
- Adequate nutritional intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Nutritionally adequate vegetarian eating
- Eating for good health and vitality
My approach is non-prescriptive, I aim to develop a good understanding of the client’s attitudes and relationship to food. I provide education on nutrition that is easy to understand and appropriate for the client’s needs. I like to work with the client, starting with achievable steps and working toward the goal of a happier relationship with food and improved health.
When working with clients with eating disorders and those who are learning to build trust in their natural cues of hunger and fullness I like to introduce some structure in the form of a meal plan. This may be based on portions and food groups spread over three meals and three snacks a day, in some cases the meal plan may be more specific.
What to expect in a session:
At the initial assessment I like to get to know the client and gather information. I ask lots of questions and take notes to help me get a good understanding of their current concerns and issues and what effect they are having on quality of life. I ask about medical history, past treatments and physical and psychological symptoms. I complete a thorough diet history including eating behaviour, relationship with food and body and any history of dieting. I also ask about physical activity levels.
I like to provide some education about the client’s presenting issue and help them understand how it may have developed. I may also provide written educational material. If appropriate I will prepare a meal plan and always involve the client with regard to choices and what is achievable. I may recommend some homework in the form of a food and behaviour diary if the client feels this is achievable. We discuss follow up and length of time between sessions as appropriate to the client’s needs and financial circumstances.
Follow up sessions involve supporting the client and reflecting on their progress, what has and hasn’t worked, strategies that may assist or any extra support that may be required. I provide support in a non-judgemental way encouraging the client to be open and honest and not feel that they have failed if they have not been able to make change. We may adjust the plan, discuss new goals and strategies as well as provide ongoing education.
If the client would like me to provide support for family members, friends or carers I am happy to do so with their consent.
Diane is available for consultation each Monday and Tuesday.
To arrange an appointment to see Diane, please phone 9650 9372 or book online.