Dietitian Staff | Eating Disorders Victoria

Untitled design 1Isabel Keeton 

Isabel is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. She completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honours from Monash University. She has worked in both private practice and clinical settings.

Using a holistic approach to nutrition, Isabel encourages a balanced and flexible relationship with food. She is passionate about helping people move towards a healthy and relaxed way of eating. 

Appointments can be made to see Isabel on Tuesdays 9am to 5pm.

To make an appointment with Isabel please fill out the enquiry form

 

FAQ's 

For those in recovery from an eating disorder who have yet to see a dietitian as part of their treatment plan, what can they expect when seeing you?

I usually start by asking a few general questions to get to know the person and their eating disorder. This gives me a good idea of where they’re at with their recovery and it’s also the best way to make individualised recommendations.

We then move on to discuss food and nutrition more specifically and the importance of this for recovery. I will generally ask the person questions like what’s an average day of eating for them, along with how they feel about food and what challenges they have with eating.

 

What is the value in seeing a dietitian as part of a treatment plan for an eating disorder?

It’s important to include a dietitian into the treatment team as we’re experts in nutrition so we can help clients with their eating at all stages of recovery. This may include ensuring adequate intake of food, educating about the importance of nutrition for our bodies, and encouraging more flexible eating.

 

We know that you practice a non-diet approach to eating. What does this mean and how might it help someone with an eating disorder?

A non-diet approach is as the name describes, an approach that discourages dieting. It teaches people to eat intuitively and develop a healthy relationship with food by looking at all foods equally rather than certain foods being good or bad. This also helps encourage flexible eating and feeling more relaxed around food which is important for recovery. One of my favourite aspects of this approach is that it encourages self-compassion and kindness to ourselves which I believe is again, incredibly important in the recovery process.

Principles of the non-diet approach will be incorporated throughout the appointments, however certain steps such as ensuring nutritional adequacy may need to come first before we can start exploring intuitive eating.

 

What words of encouragement do you have for those who might be on the fence about making an appointment?

Taking the first step to see a dietitian when experiencing any kind of eating disorder can be scary. I work with my clients in a judgement free, safe and comfortable space. The benefits of working closely with a professional, who specialises in this area is truly an important part of the recovery journey. 

How much does a session cost? 

 

$120 for 55 minutes appointment and $80 for 30 minutes appointments.

The first appointment will always be 55 minutes and then we’ll discuss how long we need each follow up session to be. 

Are there any rebates?

Yes. If your GP organises a health care plan, you may be able to receive a rebate back from Medicare.

If you have private health insurance, you may also be covered for part of the cost, but this will depend on your insurance plan. 

Do I need a referral? 

No, you don’t need a referral. To make or enquire about an appointment you can call the EDV helpline on 1300 550 236 or fill in an EDV Dietitian Enquiry Form

Do I have to concurrently see an EDV psych or can I see my own?

No, you can definitely see your own psych. Although the psychologists at EDV are extremely supportive if you are looking for one. 

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