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A mental health worker such as a psychologist or mental health social worker is often a crucial part of the treatment team. Our team of highly qualified and experienced mental health professionals provide support specifically for people experiencing eating disorders, as well as for family and friends who are supporting a loved one.

Important information for new clients

Due to overwhelming demand, our clinic is currently not accepting new referrals. If you would like support finding an alternative mental health clinician, please contact the EDV Hub on 1300 550 236 or email hub@eatingdisorders.org.au

FAQs for seeing an Eating Disorder Psychologist or Mental Health Clinician

“My psychologist helped me realise that I’m not the only one suffering through binge eating disorder-  was a big step towards wellness.” – EDV client

Below we’ve answered some of the frequently asked questions about EDV’s mental health services.

Do I need a diagnosis? 

No. You are welcome to access EDV psychology without a formal diagnosis. However if you are wanting to claim Medicare subsidies, you will to discuss this with your GP who can provide either a Mental Health Treatment Plan or an Eating Disorder Plan.

How do I make an appointment?
  1. Call the EDV Hub on 1300 550 236 or
  2. Complete our online form and we will get in touch with you to discuss an appointment.

Please note prior to seeing an mental health clinician you will be required to complete a screen to determine if we are the most suitable service for you.

Who will I see?

We have a number of accredited mental health clinicians who are experienced in supporting people with eating disorders, and will match you with someone who best suits your needs. The team is made up of Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists and Mental Health Social Workers – the difference between these professions relates to the training pathways they have taken and the rebates provided by Medicare. All clinicians at EDV are accredited to deliver psychological strategies to support people experiencing eating disorders.

How many sessions can I have?

You are welcome to attend our services for as long as you need. You may be eligible for Medicare rebates on your sessions if you qualify for an Eating Disorder Plan (EDP) or a Mental Health Care plan.

How will it help me?

Our clinicians help you create sustainable changes so you can live a healthy and fulfilling life. We work collaboratively with you to develop skills and coping strategies so you have the tools to sustain positive change for recovery.

We can also support parents, partners, siblings and relatives of someone with an eating disorder by making sense of what is happening and discussing strategies for self-care. Please note, the service does not offer diagnostic services; rather we look at what is going on for you and how we can help you make changes to improve your health and wellbeing.

What are the fees?

We understand that it can be difficult to afford ongoing therapy, and our fees are lower than those recommended by the Australian Psychological Society. Fees vary from $135 to $185 per session, depending on the type of clinician you see and whether you have a valid health care card. If you have a referral from a GP through an Eating Disorder Plan (EDP) or Mental Health Care Plan, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate of up to $84.80 per session. All consultations run for 50-60 minutes, and fees are payable at the time of appointment. We accept cash, EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard. Medicare rebates are available at the time of payment with no need to submit your receipt. A concession discount of $20 is available to full time students, and Health Care or Pension cardholders with proof of evidence.

Please note if you have a Medicare referral it is important that EDV receives this information prior to your appointment to avoid extra charges and for rebates to be processed on time.

Will my private health fund cover any of the cost?

That depends on your level of cover. Please consult your individual fund for further information.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

If you have to cancel your appointment at short notice, we are unable to offer your place to someone else. The following cancellation fees will apply:

0-24 hours notice:       Full fee payable

24-48 hours notice:     50% of fee payable

Please call EDV reception on 1300 550 236 if you need to cancel your appointment.

What will I be asked to agree to?
  • Take responsibility for making and keeping regular appointments with your mental health clinician.
  • Actively engage in psychological therapy aimed at reducing eating disordered behaviours (including purging, binging, restricting, skipping meals, laxative use, and excessive exercise).
  • See a GP or other health professional regularly to ensure adequate medical monitoring.
  • Be medically stable at the time of entry into the service and throughout their treatment.
  • Work with other health professionals (such as a dietitian) if recommended. This may be to assist in normalising eating and/or to work toward the goal of weight restoration, maintenance or stabilisation.
  • Take responsibility for making and keeping regular appointments with your mental health clinician.
  • Take responsibility for telling members of your care team (e.g. GP, mental health clinician, psychiatrist, dietitian) if you feel at risk of harming yourself or someone else, so a safety plan can be established and enacted.
  • Take responsibility for telling members of your care team if other issues that may impact your ability to engage with the service arise.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment, please submit an enquiry form below. Someone from the EDV Hub will get in contact with you to arrange a pre-appointment screening. This is conducted in a 10-15 minute phone call. The screening helps ensure an appropriate psychologist is selected for you, and they are prepared with some background information before meeting you.

There will likely be a waiting period at the time of your enquiry. You will be informed of the current wait time when you undergo the screening.

Please note prior to attending your first appointment you must complete and return all required paperwork, questionnaires and referrals. The EDV Receptionist will assist with this.

Clinic feedback

Have you being attending sessions at the EDV clinic for mental health or dietetics support? We would love to hear about your experience.

The information you provide will remain anonymous, unless you request to speak with us about your feedback.

Complete our short feedback form

Meet the EDV team

Christie Arbuckle

Clinical Psychologist
Board Approved Supervisor
Bachelor of Applied Science (hons)
MPsych (Ed&Dev),

Christie is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is experienced in working with individuals across a range of age groups and treatment settings; and has worked across Melbourne and Geelong in areas including private practice, schools and mental health hospitals. She has held both clinical and senior leadership roles assisting in clinical program development and delivery, supervising teams and is experienced in assisting clients to find a therapeutic approach to best meet their recovery needs.

Christie is passionate about providing a client centred approach and utilises evidence-based therapies. She is trained in several therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), brief solution focussed therapy and Mindfulness based therapies.

Christie is currently available to see clients on Tuesdays, 10am to 3.30pm and Thursdays 9.30am to 1pm

Jeremy Mason

Clinical Psychologist
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons)
Master of Science in Psychology
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology

Jeremy is a New Zealand trained Clinical Psychologist with experience working across mental health inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. He has helped clients with a broad range of presenting concerns, including eating related difficulties, anxiety, low mood, substance use, and trauma. Jeremy is passionate about the field of eating disorders and is excited about having a specific focus on this area with Eating Disorders Victoria.

Jeremy is committed to developing strong therapeutic alliances with his clients. He is committed to understanding his clients as individuals with unique backgrounds and presenting circumstances. He is dedicated to helping his clients live the best lives they can. Therapeutic models Jeremy works with include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Jeremy is currently available to see clients on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 5pm.

Dr Christine James

Clinical Psychologist
Bachelor Psychology (Honours)
Doctor of Psychology

Christine is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience. She has worked in a range of settings including private practice and the forensic system, however most of her career has been spent in community mental health.

With a long-standing interest in the area of eating disorders, Christine has held various roles working specifically in this area. She is passionate about helping people build the skills and gain the knowledge, to tackle their eating problems head on and to bring about real changes in their lives.

Christine has had intensive training in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), advanced training in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), is trained in enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy for eating disorders(CBT-E) and has an interest in radically open DBT. She uses her knowledge and experience to best match the therapeutic approach to suit the individual needs of her clients.

Appointments can be made to see Christine on Wednesdays.

Jan Rudd

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Social Work with Distinction (BSW)
Master of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (MCPP)

Jan is a Psychotherapist and Clinical Social Worker who has a private practice working with adults and young adults as well as children and their families.

Her extensive experience has included practice in a range of psychiatric settings including child, adolescent, family and adult inpatient services, as well as in community mental health settings with children and adolescents presenting with complex and high risk needs. Her areas of interest include disordered eating, anxiety, grief and loss, perinatal mental health and relational problems.

Jan is committed to helping both adults and young people to overcome mental health and eating disorder concerns. Her approach is non-judgmental, empathic and collaborative, fostering a strong and secure therapeutic relationship for clients to share their concerns openly, and then draw on their own unique set of strengths to explore the impact of their experiences, beliefs, and thinking on their current well-being. Jan believes that with openness, focus, and commitment on both sides, meaningful change is possible.

Jan values the importance of using evidence-based treatment approaches tailored to meet the individual needs of her clients, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Eating Disorders. Jan recognises the importance of family involvement to the healing and recovery process, and aims to collaborate with families to best support their loved one’s needs.

Jan is currently available to see clients on Wednesdays, 9am to 5pm.

Information for GPs

Please note: Due to overwhelming demand, our clinic is currently not accepting new referrals from GPs. If you would like support finding an alternative mental health clinician for your patient, please contact the EDV Hub on 1300 550 236 or email hub@eatingdisorders.org.au

If you are a GP referring a client to EDV’s psychology service, please download and complete the below form, and return to EDV.

It is important that this form is complete in full as all fields are important to aid the referral. Clients will not be accepted into the EDV psychology service without evidence they have GP support to ensure medical monitoring is in place.

Email to psychology@eatingdisorders.org.au
Fax: (03) 9417 5787

EDV Psychology or Eating Disorders Victoria
Level 2, CFC Community Centre
Corner Lulie & Abbot Sts, Abbotsford VIC 3067

GP referral form

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