Professional Eating Disorder Treatment Online
Professional and private eating disorder treatment, online via telehealth.
Eating disorders can affect anybody. No matter your age, gender, race, religion or sexuality, eating disorders do not discriminate.
Suffering from an eating disorder can be an incredibly difficult battle – there are times where you know within yourself you need help, and your loved ones are expressing their concern, but you still don’t feel ready enough to reach out and get help.
According to the NEDC, The National Eating Disorder Collaboration Eating Disorders or disordered eating affects 16% of Australians.
It’s also incredibly common for individuals struggling with an eating disorder to also struggle with other mental illness.
Online eating disorder therapy delivered via telehealth is not a new concept and was already growing at a steady rate prior to 2020.
However, during the global pandemic two factors at play greatly accelerated the adoption of online eating disorder treatment:
Forced social distancing which made e-health and online treatment the norm
Increased feelings of social isolation, heightened levels of uncertainty as a result of ongoing health concerns, record levels of job-loss and unemployment increased levels of anxiety and exacerbated eating disorder concerns.
Medicare rebated eating disorder therapy with a personally matched, experienced psychologist.
One of the misconceptions with online eating disorder treatment, when compared to face-to-face support, is that it’s not available under Medicare or as part of a Mental Health Care Plan – this is not the case.
At Online Psychologists Australia our sessions are rebated as part of Medicare. You’ll be individually matched with an expert psychologist that best meets your unique needs and preferences and online eating disorder treatment can be treated as effectively as possible.
What kind of eating disorders do we treat?
At Online Psychologists Australia our professionally trained, warm and empathetic team have experience successfully treating a wide range of eating disorders. Some of the eating disorders our team have expertise treating include:
Binge Eating Disorder
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder (UFED)
As every individual’s struggle is unique, not all eating disorders or instances of disordered eating are easily categorised into one of these classifications.
However, our highly specialised team of psychologists are confident their proven, evidence-based methodologies delivered online will be able to deliver you results and relief.
How do we treat eating disorders online?
At Online Psychologists Australia, all of our psychologists are expertly trained professionals with a history of success when treating patients struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating.
Getting eating disorder support online with Online Psychologists Australis is Medicare rebated, allowing you to focus on recovery.
Our psychologists never prescribe a one-size fits all approach to treating addiction, but rather employ a host of evidence-based treatments and therapies proven to help you unlock the cause of your eating disorder, so that you can experience a higher quality of life.
Our psychological treatment methods create fantastic outcomes for our patients, the methods deliver not only great results in the short term, but also provide our patients with the tools required to cope with pressures in the future
Some of the methods when providing online eating disorder treatment include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectal Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
- Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT
What are the benefits of receiving eating disorder counselling online?
The fact that the treatment and therapy is available online means the barrier to engaging is much lower – this makes it much easier for participants to take the first step and overcome their eating disorder.
Other benefits of engaging in online trauma counselling include:
- Added flexibility around treatment times (after or even before regular working hours)
- Reduced pressure or treatment stress for the patient
- Private and discreet sessions
- Bulk billing and Medicare rebated sessions
- Patients often feel more comfortable engaging in counselling online, and this can actually speed up their recovery process
- Patients are more likely to keep up consistent sessions due to added convenience
Eating disorder symptoms
Two people dealing with the same eating disorder and almost guaranteed to have different experiences – however, across the four major eating disorders there are some common symptoms:
- Severely restricting food intake
- Excessive exercise
- Bingeing and self-induced vomiting or the use of laxatives, enemas, diet aids or herbal products
- Frequently skipping meals or refusing to eat
- Lying about food consumption
- Irritability and short tempered
- Fear of gaining weight resulting in repeatedly weigh-ins or measurements
- Complaining about their weight
- Preoccupation with body shape and weight
- Forcing yourself to vomit
- Using laxatives, diuretics or enemas after eating
- Fasting, restricting consumption of food
- Using dietary supplements excessively for weight loss
- Distorted and excessively negative body image
Binge Eating Disorder
- Eating even when you’re not hungry
- Eating large amounts of food rapidly during binge periods
- Frequently eating large meals alone or in secret
- Experiencing feelings of shame, guilt or disgust about your eating
- Frequent dieting and periods of restriction followed by a large binge
Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
- Dramatic weight loss
- Dramatic or sudden restrictions to the types or amount of food eaten
- Reporting consistent stomach pains, constipation of abdominal discomfort
- Menstrual irregularities
- Restriction of eating certain food groups, even textures
What can you expect from online eating disorder therapy?
Before you officially start your treatment – you’ll have a free 15-minute consultation so that we’re able to match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs, and your preferences.
Once you begin treatment, the psychologist treating you will take the time to understand you as an individual. You will find the conversation takes place in a completely safe, private and comforting manner – your highly skilled psychologist is there to help you.
Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, the psychologist treating you can draw on a range of evidence-based methodologies to help you recover from your eating disorder.
Recovering from an eating disorder won’t happen overnight, and more often than not, you will have some ‘homework’ or tasks to perform in-between sessions. These small tasks often involve being present and aware during day-to-day life and will help you make progress between sessions.
Get eating disorder treatment online today with a professional psychologist today
Reaching out and accessing support for an eating disorder can be tough, however the benefits of doing can be lifechanging.
Our warm, empathetic and understanding team of professionals are ready to help.
At Online Psychologists Australia, we offer a free, no obligation 15-minute consultation where we’ll personally match you with a psychologist that best meets your unique needs.
All of our sessions are claimable with a Medicare rebate.
Get the help you need today.
"The privacy and comfort of having sessions online, but still face-to-face over Zoom made me feel so much more at ease. I was able to open-up much quicker and felt like I was making progress after just my first session."
What our clients are saying
"Being able to book in appointments that work around my schedule has been incredible. Speaking to Rob has had the most positive impact on my mental wellbeing given the isolation I experienced in 2020."
"The fact I was able to get medicare rebate on my sessions made the whole process so much easier. I've already recommended Online Psychologists Australia to a few friends that have been struggling lately.
If you're having thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
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