The best way to think about an experienced Dietitian is a as a Food and Eating Behaviour Therapist or Counsellor – yes we know all the latest science on nutrition and we also know and understand the way people eat, and why they eat in the way that they do. People don’t eat well just based on their nutrition knowledge (if it was that easy!), instead they eat particular foods for many reasons, in all sorts of ways, and on a variety of occasions.
Research shows that people need to build their eating skills, understand their thinking around food, understand their body and then, they can apply the nutrition knowledge. We need a strong, caring and compassionate approach to our food and body in order to change at our core, and permanently!
Julie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Food and Eating Behaviour Therapist who will help you find freedom and peace with food and your body.
After 30 years working as a Dietitian she has seen people with all sorts of food worries and concerns, taking over their lives, especially in this food and body obsessed culture, and knows it doesn’t have to be like this. She is passionate about helping others access this knowledge and leave behind their own unhelpful food beliefs.
Relief is experienced from the very first appointment as people begin to understand their own food and body beliefs. Her goal is to work in a way that honours each individual, where they have been and where they are now, as they find peace with food.
Using her experience as a Dietitian, ongoing counselling training and a commitment to her own personal development, Julie can work with you to create a peaceful and transformative relationship with food.
Areas we can assist you with include, but are not limited to the following
The boring bit …
An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is a qualified health professional who knows about food and health, and can help you sort through all the confusing information that is around. A Dietitian is an expert in interpreting scientific knowledge about food in relation to health (or disease), and translating this into practical information, considering the social and psychological factors that influence our eating patterns.
A Dietitian undergoes at least 4 years of University training , and then has to maintain a minimum amount of ongoing education each year to remain accredited (30 hours per year).
Basic background – qualified in 1987, and worked at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute before moving to a local hospital (Maroondah) whilst she started her family. Wanting to specialise more in the psychology of eating, she worked at Austin Health in the Adult Eating Disorder and Psychiatric Unit before beginning in Private Practice in 2005, in order to help a wider variety of people with their eating behaviors.
“If Not Dieting” Professional training
Use of the low FODMAP (Fructose) diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Mental Health First Aid
CBT and Motivational Interviewing for Eating Disorders
B.Sc. Nutrition; Graduate Diploma of Dietetics
Graduate Certificate of Counselling Skills
Certifcate of Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics