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

Why EDV psychology?

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

Below we’ve answered some of the frequently asked questions about EDV psychology services.

Do I need a diagnosis? 

No. You are welcome to access EDV psychology without a formal diagnosis.

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.
Who will I see?

We have a number of registered psychologists who are experienced in supporting people with eating disorders, and will match you with someone who best suits your needs.

How many sessions can I have?

You are welcome to attend EDV psychology for as long as you need. However, you are currently only eligible to claim a Medicare rebate on a maximum of 10 individual sessions per calendar year. After the first six sessions, you will need to visit your doctor for a review. Once you have used up these 10 individual sessions, no further rebates are available within that calendar year. If you have private health insurance, you may be eligible for additional rebates.

How will it help me?

Our psychologists 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, EDV psychology 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 psychologist 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.

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 psychologist.
  • 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 psychologist.
  • Take responsibility for telling members of your care team (e.g. GP, psychologist, 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.

 

EDV psychology enquiry form

 

Meet the EDV psychology team

Vanessa Bulic

Registered Psychologist
Bachelor of Arts
Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences (Clinical Hypnosis)
Master of Clinical Family Therapy

Vanessa is a Registered Psychologist (since 2002) and specialises in the area of Eating Disorders. She has worked in Private Practice, Private and Public Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Facilities, Community Services, Department of Human Services and Department of Education.

Vanessa provides a range of services including Individual and Family Therapy. Individual Therapy focuses on the psychological, emotional, social, interpersonal and environmental factors impacting on daily lives. Family Therapy aims to meet individual and family needs and address family issues. Family Therapy can strengthen family relationships, increase communication between family members, resolve conflict and promote family connectedness.

Vanessa is trained in the Maudsley Model, which is a family based approach specifically designed to treat young people with an eating disorder. Other treatment approaches used include: Psycho-education, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Relaxation Strategies, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Solution Focused Therapy and Single Session Therapy.

Vanessa works with children, young people, adults and families in a sensitive and empowering manner providing open and honest relationships in a safe and supportive environment.

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.

Dr Christine James

Clinical Psychologist
Bachelor Psychology (Honours)
Doctor of Psychology

Christine is a Clinical Psychologist with over fifteen 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. In addition to her work at EDV, currently Christine is a senior psychologist in the eating disorders program at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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.

Kathryn D’Anna

Kathryn D’Anna is a registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia with over 16 years experience providing counselling to individuals and families experiencing a range of difficulties.

Kathryn’s particular area of interest is working with people experiencing issues surrounding their relationship with food and their bodies and helping them find a sustainable, enjoyable and intuitive way of relating to and behaving around food.

Throughout her time working at private outpatient eating disorders facilities, Kathryn has worked with individual women and men experiencing a variety of eating disorders and disordered eating. After receiving training from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Kathryn has also worked with families and their adolescents using Family Based Therapy (FBT – Maudsley approach).

Kathryn’s passion for advocacy and respectful treatment also led her to serve as a general member on the Board of Eating Disorders Victoria.

Kathryn’s therapeutic style draws upon evidence-based practice and will be tailored to the needs of the individual client. This may include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-Enhanced, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills and Psychodynamic Therapy.

Kathryn strongly values a client centered approach to therapy, working together with her clients in taking steps at their pace towards achieving their counselling goals. Above all, Kathryn believes in providing people with an empathic and supportive therapeutic relationship to enable them to create positive change and develop a healthy, respectful relationship with themselves and their body.

Information for GPs

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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