Kelly is a friendly and empathetic Dietitian with a range of experience working in public and community mental health settings.
Kelly is passionate about supporting people of all ages and backgrounds living with an eating disorder, disordered eating and body image concerns. This includes working with young people and their caregivers to build a positive and peaceful relationship with food and eating.
She recognises how our society and diet culture can normalise disordered eating and enjoys unpacking why food has become complicated and supports clients to gain a new perspective on how to nourish their bodies and busting food myths.
Her practice follows the principles of the non-diet approach and is HAES (health at every size) informed to support people with their often tricky relationship with food. She focuses on creating a supportive environment to support clients to work towards their nutrition goals in a curious and compassionate way.
When not at Eat Love Live, Kelly supports young people with eating disorders and their caregivers attending a specialist eating disorder day program.
Kelly engages in regular clinical supervision and reflective practice to ensure she provides high quality care to her clients.
She enjoys supporting people of all ages living with an eating disorder, disordered eating and body image concerns as well as general nutrition concerns.
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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.