Chantal is a compassionate and empathetic Accredited Practicing Dietitian with a passion for providing a non-judgemental space for clients to explore their relationship with food, eating and body image.
Chantal practices from a weight-inclusive, non-diet and Health at Every Size perspective and is committed to providing trauma-informed dietetic care centred around clients’ lived experience. She believes in a holistic and collaborative approach to nutrition.
Chantal acknowledges how society and its social influences often normalise disordered eating and promote marginalisation of certain identities and populations. With this in mind, she works to empower clients to dismantle systems of oppression and diet culture and reconnect with their authentic self. She brings this awareness and an open-mind to all sessions and is committed to providing high quality, client-centred care, advocating for clients every step of the way.
Chantal’s passion lies in supporting people with eating disorders, disordered eating and other mental health conditions, however she can also assist clients in managing chronic health conditions including cardiovascular disease, PCOS, IBS and other nutrition concerns.
Chantal has a special interest in working with neurodivergent individuals experiencing eating disorders, a cohort which is overrepresented in presentations yet underrepresented in research and treatment. She enjoys supporting neurodivergent clients to discern between eating behaviours categorised as ‘negative/problematic’ and those that are merely an expression of their unique neurodivergent traits.
Chantal values the diverse lived experience of her clients and strives to ensure they feel seen and heard. She understands every person has their own individual food and body stories and prioritises creating the trust and safety to explore these further.
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Please note clients need to be 15 or older to see Chantal
Chantal is available for consultation:
Please note Chantal only offers standard review sessions (50 min client facing time/ 10 min non client facing time)
Please send all referrals to:
Fax: (03) 9088 0249
We require that all clients be linked in with regular medical support to ensure their ongoing medical safety.
We require clients to be engaged with or planning to engage with psychological support to ensure that we are providing safe, ethical and evidence-based support.
AGE LIMITS FOR ACCEPTING NEW REFERRALS:
Please note some practitioners have boundaries on the age of clients they will accept as new referrals.
We request that for all new clients aged 15 years and younger that a pre-assessment questionnaire be completed to assist us in triaging the young person and family.
For all clients aged 15 or younger we request that the initial assessment be with the parents/ carer only.
Eating disorders do not just affect the person but families as a whole.
This is an important part of the assessment process and will help us to get a clear history of the development of the eating disorder and aid in setting up a treatment team and clear treatment goals moving forward.
Family Based Therapy/Treatment (FBT) is the gold standard for supporting children and adolescents with eating disorders. The Eat Love Live team are not trained in FBT or family therapy.
We can be an adjunct to this important treatment process, provide a safe space for discussion around meal planning, information about eating disorders, physical and psychological risks associated with the eating disorder, normal puberty changes to the body, guidelines to adequate amounts of nutrition and help clear many of the myths about food and bodies in our community.
We appreciate that accessing paediatric and adolescent services is difficult and there are long wait lists. As with all clients, we insist that all adolescents are linked in with a multidisciplinary team including a GP and a mental health clinician - be it a psychologist or psychiatrist. And we suggest that clients make the referral to CAMHS/CYMHS and / or private family therapy and be on the waiting list for this support.
Along with the GP or paediatrician we can provide information and support while families are waiting for this important more intensive support.
Parents can speak with their GP or Paediatrician about referrals to these supports.