Josephine is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC), Founder and director of Eat Love Live and co-Founder of Eat Love Live Education.
Jo has over 20 years experience, in the Eating disorders field, providing client centered, individual, social justice informed nutrition counseling. Jo has experience across a diverse range of settings including private, community and public health and in a variety of models including working with individuals, groups and program development.
Jo is aware of the multiple privileges she has as a cis, straight, white, able bodied person that makes it easier to move through this world then others. Jo appreciates the courage and generosity of her many clients who have shared their lived experience with her that have contributed to her own learning and skills in supporting others. Jo has lived experience of living in a small fat body and the challenges that come with this and is passionate to support others where she can.
Jo leads a team of experienced CEDC and APDs at Eat Love Live providing internal clinical supervision and case conferencing. Jo is passionate about continuing to upskill the eating disorder workforce to be trauma informed and practice in a social justice aware and weight inclusive lens through her Eat Love Live education platform, individual and group supervision and advocacy.
Jo’s experience is from a range of places including:
Jo values working closely as part of a multidisciplinary team (Psychologist, General Practitioner, Psychiatrists) as this is advantageous to positive outcomes for her clients. It is important to recognise that many other factors can manifest in negative eating behaviours and food beliefs and that support from medical practitioners, mental health workers, social workers and support for families is important.
This additional training has helped Jo develop skills in complementary psychological tools to assist clients to make positive changes.
Jo engages in regular clinical supervision and reflective self-practice to ensure that she is providing optimum care for her clients.
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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.