How We Work

Our service is underpinned by a feminist framework which values relationship, openness, transparency and diversity.

We value the individual as the expert in their own life and recognise the expertise, strengths and skills they bring to their recovery journey. In recovery we value the process as well as the outcomes and recognise that eating issues are caused by a complex interaction of socio-cultural, familial, biological and individual factors. Our practitioners work to support people to:

  • Develop an understanding of the underlying issues that have contributed to their eating issue
  • Decrease experiences of isolation, shame and misinformation surrounding their eating issues
  • Explore and reconnect with the person’s sense of self
  • Enhance capacity to seek supports that will assist in the recovery journey
  • Identify and develop alternative coping strategies

Our practitioners work collaboratively with individuals- integrating an array of interventions depending on the needs, hopes and goals of the individual. Interventions underpinned by person-centred approach are inclusive of feminist practice, anti-oppression and a strong social justice perspective.

Eating Disorders Queensland offers a safe place for people to access a range of services to support their recovery.

We understand that individuals, families, carers and loved ones recover at their own pace. We value the important role that Medical and Psychiatric services can have in recovery from an eating disorder and offer our services as a partner as well as alternative to the medical model, depending on client need.

Interventions that are commonly drawn on in therapy sessions include:

Feminist Practice

Working in ways that are transparent and genuine to reduce power differentials in the therapeutic relationship. Recognising the person we are working with as a whole person with skills, strengths and solutions to their own issues. Providing information so that people can make informed decisions about the support they are looking for. Recognising the personal is political – that we live in patriarchal society where structures and institutions privilege men over women and there is significant inequality at multiple levels. For example, this can play out with the medical profession's position on eating issues which has a tendency towards individual deficit, whereas feminism stresses a focus on the underlying issues and the societal issues that give rise to their existence. Recognising also that the society in which we live has strong negative messages to women around body image, food and exercise as a means to influence and control women’s bodies and experiences.

Person-Centred/Rogerian

Similar to feminist practice, we work from a base of empathy, genuineness, support and acceptance of the person we are working with. The person is seen holistically and is at the centre of the therapeutic relationship in which we are working together to understand what each individual person wants and needs to live their own, personally defined, good life.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

To explore the connection between our thoughts, behaviours and emotions and the role they may place in the experience of eating disorders.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

To enhance cognitive flexibility, acceptance and commitment to recovery-orientated change.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

To develop specific skills for managing distress, uncomfortable feelings and interpersonal communication.

Narrative Therapy

To explore an individual’s dominant story and provide space for re-authoring.

Embodied Practice/Mindful Movement

To nurture connection between the body and mind.

Expressive and Art-Based Therapy

To explore alternative ways of expressing and communicating.