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Eating Disorders

Over 1 million Australians are currently living with an eating disorder.   Eating Disorders do not target any one group; 30% of people with an Eating Disorder are male. Various factors influence a person’s relationship with food, including genetics, emotional state of mind, and exposure to the Western “thin” model ideal.

There is growing evidence to support the fact that the LGBTIQ+ Community is at greater risk of developing an Eating Disorder. As a group, exposure to bullying, violence, name-calling, trauma, and isolation from family and friends all cause tremendous stress on an individual. These challenges can lead to a changing relationship with food and negative perceptions of their body.  

Types of eating disorders:

  • Anorexia Nervosa – Often, those experiencing Anorexia have negative views of body image and may see themselves as being constantly overweight, potentially resulting in severe food restrictions and excessive exercise.
  • Bulimia Nervosa – Individuals with Bulimia engage in binging episodes when they eat large quantities of food in one go. Binging episodes are followed by purging (vomiting, laxatives, fasting, excessive exercise) to relieve the guilt associated with binging.
  • Binge Eating DisorderBinge Eating Disorder is Australia’s most common Eating Disorder. Individuals suffering from this condition will consume large portions of food, even when not feeling hungry, resulting in shame or guilt. Unlike Bulimia Nervosa, individuals may not purge or vomit after consumption. Typically shame can result in excessive dieting following a binge.
  • Disordered eating is a disturbed and unhealthy eating pattern, including restrictive dieting, compulsive eating, or skipping meals. Disordered eating behaviours, particularly dieting, are the most common indicators of the development of an eating disorder.

 

It is challenging to see someone you love experience an Eating Disorder, and getting someone to accept they need help is tough. As a carer, parent, or friend, therapists can talk through strategies to assist in helping to start a person’s recovery. Alternatively, if you know you are concerned you are living with an Eating Disorder, it is essential to see a GP to get a diagnosis and discuss options such as seeing a Medical Professional and sourcing a therapist or counsellor.

Some common symptoms of Eating Disorders:

  • Extreme diets – may include fasting, skipping meals, calorie counting or obsessively monitoring food intake.
  • Constant monitoring of weight or body measurements.
  • Overeating or binging in secret. 
  • Purging, vomiting or using laxatives. 
  • Constant weight changes. 
  • Disruption to the menstrual cycle.
  • Feeling anxious about eating in public.
  • Excessive exercising or refusal to disrupt exercise patterns.
  • Mood changes that may involve depression, anxiety, or irritability. 
  • Changes in confidence or self-esteem.
  • Reluctance to engage in social events with family or friends.

Over 1 million Australians are currently living with an eating disorder.   Eating Disorders do not target any one group; 30% of people with an Eating Disorder are male. Various factors influence a person’s relationship with food, including genetics, emotional state of mind, and exposure to the Western “thin” model ideal.

There is growing evidence to support the fact that the LGBTIQ+ Community is at greater risk of developing an Eating Disorder. As a group, exposure to bullying, violence, name-calling, trauma, and isolation from family and friends all cause tremendous stress on an individual. These challenges can lead to a changing relationship with food and negative perceptions of their body.  

Types of eating disorders:

  • Anorexia Nervosa – Often, those experiencing Anorexia have negative views of body image and may see themselves as being constantly overweight, potentially resulting in severe food restrictions and excessive exercise.
  • Bulimia Nervosa – Individuals with Bulimia engage in binging episodes when they eat large quantities of food in one go. Binging episodes are followed by purging (vomiting, laxatives, fasting, excessive exercise) to relieve the guilt associated with binging.
  • Binge Eating DisorderBinge Eating Disorder is Australia’s most common Eating Disorder. Individuals suffering from this condition will consume large portions of food, even when not feeling hungry, resulting in shame or guilt. Unlike Bulimia Nervosa, individuals may not purge or vomit after consumption. Typically shame can result in excessive dieting following a binge.
  • Disordered eating is a disturbed and unhealthy eating pattern, including restrictive dieting, compulsive eating, or skipping meals. Disordered eating behaviours, particularly dieting, are the most common indicators of the development of an eating disorder.

 

It is challenging to see someone you love experience an Eating Disorder, and getting someone to accept they need help is tough. As a carer, parent, or friend, therapists can talk through strategies to assist in helping to start a person’s recovery. Alternatively, if you know you are concerned you are living with an Eating Disorder, it is essential to see a GP to get a diagnosis and discuss options such as seeing a Medical Professional and sourcing a therapist or counsellor.

How Our Team Can Help

At Unboxed Pride, our team are all about giving you hope, we  can support and provide treatments unique to your needs:

What we offer:

  • A safe and non-judgmental listening space to help identify the causes of the Eating Disorder.
  • Identify any unhelpful negative thought patterns and learn how to create new positive thoughts.
  • Developing attainable goals and a vision for the future.
  • Helping you to gain awareness around what triggers the Eating Disorder.
  • Tailor a support plan to your situation and lifestyle to help break the cycle of negative thought loops with regular monitoring to support recovery. 

Our Team Are Here For You

We are here with you every step of the way and are committed to progress and supporting you in your journey
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PJ Menon

She/They
Registered Psychologist
LGBTQIA+ member, Non-Binary, Warm and Sensitive
Registered Psychologist
Tuesday & Friday
$192.90 (Private Fee)
$99.55 (With Medicare Rebate)
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PJ Menon

Registered Psychologist
ADD/ADHD
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Anger management

Registered Psychologist (She/They)

I'm warm & empathetic, and love to use humour to develop therapeutic relationships. I value collaboration, and celebrate lived experiences and client wisdom in my work. I'm passionate about walking alongside others as they develop their self-compassion, confidence and identity.    
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Joseph Tighe

He/Him
Registered Psychologist
Male, Parent, Warm and Sensitive
Registered Psychologist
Friday
$192.90 (Private Fee)
$99.55 (With Medicare Rebate)
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Joseph Tighe

Registered Psychologist
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Registered Psychologist (He/Him)

In private practise Joe sees clients from LGBTQIA+ backgrounds be they pre-teen through to adulthood. He is passionate to with clients and their families at various stages of transitioning and offers an accepting, affirming space for all.
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Glenda May

She/Her
Registered Psychologist
Female, Parent, Warm and Sensitive
Registered Psychologist
Mon-Fri
$192.90 (Private Fee)
$99.55 (With Medicare Rebate)
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Glenda May

Registered Psychologist
ADD/ADHD
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Anger management

Registered Psychologist (She/Her)

Clients often describe me as warm and inspirational. I have a passion for guiding introspection, facilitating self-discovery, and empowering individuals to achieve their aspirations.    
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Tasha Turner

She/They
Senior Counsellor
LGBTQIA+ member, Gender Queer, Spiritual, Non-religious, Confident, Warm and Sensitive
Senior Counsellor
Monday – Sunday
Individual Sessions: $130
Couples: $230
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Tasha Turner

Senior Counsellor
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Senior Counsellor (She/They)

As a proud gender Queer, pansexual, neurodivergent Counsellor, and chronic pain battler, I am excited to be part of this tailored support service. My purpose is to guide clients in exploring their true selves, embracing their differences and living authentically  
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Keith Kulda

He/Him
Counsellor
Confident, LGBTQIA+ member, Tough but Comforting, Male
Counsellor
Wed & Thurs
$130
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Keith Kulda

Counsellor
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

 Counsellor (He/Him)

My counselling approach is person-centred and focused on developing strong therapeutic partnerships and meet clients where they are. I am a proud gay man of colour with a practice motivated on helping clients with personal growth and making self-rewarding change.  
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Nicole Vanderkroef

She/Her
Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist
LGBTQIA+ member, Female, Spiritual, Non-religious, Parent, Warm and Sensitive, Confident
Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
$130
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Nicole Vanderkroef

Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist (She/Her)

I am a qualified clinical counsellor and psychotherapist with over 10 years working with adults, children and families. I have a warm, open and patient approach -- and some very broad shoulders  
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