What is working with an Anorexia Dietitian like?

It can be daunting to make the first step and reach out for support. When working with a dietitian, our first session is all about getting to know you. Understanding your history with your relationship with food and your body so we can meet you where you’re currently at. 

 

Our Nutrition Therapy Approach: 

We also know that talk about this stuff can be really hard and scary. We often say our sessions can seem similar to working with a psychologist – but we’re talking about the food stuff. This is what we believe in, that guides the way we work with you:

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    Your body is not broken or wrong: We believe all bodies in all shapes and size are worthy of care and respect All bodie

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    You are the leader: You set the pace. We are here to guide and support, not dictate or impose

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    You are unique to us: The path to recovery looks different for everyone, we work together to figure out what works for you.

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    You are not your diagnosis: We see you for you - not your symptoms or diagnosis, and work to explore all aspects of your wellbeing

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    Neurodivergent-affirming & trauma informed: We recognise that everyone is different and we do our best to create a safe safe that allows for healing.

So what’s next?

After a few sessions, we’ll collaboratively work together and identify your short and long term goals for recovery. Using these goals, we’ll work together to make a roadmap of how we will get there.

This looks different for different people. However, one of the key focuses across many of the clients we work with is ensuring you’re eating enough and regularly enough.

Other things we might work on include:

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>Reducing binging or purging behaviour

  • Identifying where restriction might be coming into your diet

  • Identifying and challenging food rules and fears

  • Building a framework for regular eating

  • Learning how to build balanced meals and snacks

  • Developing a healthy relationship with our body

  • Learning how to eat intuitively and listen to your hunger and fullness cues

  • Eating without calorie counting or portioning

  • Developing a healthy relationship with movement

Frequently Asked Questions

Knowing where to start on your recovery journey can be overwhelming. Opening up to a trusted person, such as a family member or friend can be helpful. They may also be able support you to find some professional help such as speaking with your GP. 

Here, your doctor will be able to identify if there are any medical risks associated with where you are and be able to refer you to health professionals such as dietitians and psychologists to support your recovery.

 

You do not need a referral to get started with recovery. Simply book in a discovery call, and we can have a chat about how we can best support you. 

If you are in Australia and have a relevant diagnosis, you may be eligible for an Eating Disorder Care Plan (EDP) referral under Medicare to see a dietitian. With this, you will be eligible for a rebate for up to 20 sessions with a dietitian, and 40 with a psychologist over a 12-month treatment cycle. 

You can access the EDP by visiting your General Practitioner (GP), where they will assess eligibility and help put together a healthcare team to support your recovery. 

You also might want to read our blog post on the eating disorder care plan or contact our team on hello@imbodihealth.com if you have any questions.

Although you don't need a referral to work with us, to make sure we are able to work with you safely, we do ask that all our clients working with us for eating disorder recovery have a GP conducting regular medical monitoring.

You are always worthy of recovery support. The sooner you are able to get the support you need - the sooner you can start working towards a life free from your eating disorder or struggles with your relationship with food.

If you're currently having questions around your relationship with food and body, this can be indication that you may be struggling. Support is here for you, no matter where you're at.

It can be difficult to know how to go about approaching a loved one with your concerns. Before you do so, it can be helpful to educate yourself around eating disorders. The Butterly Foundation has plenty of valuable resources and information. 

Once you feel comfortable with your knowledge, consider a safe environment to open the conversation. Remember to come from a place of empathy and understanding, and do your best to avoid any judgement. 

The conversation may not go as planning, and this is okay. If you would like to learn more about helpful ways to approach your loved one, you can read more here