Eating Disorders – Tiegan Holtham

Tiegan Holtham      Quals: BBSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin), MAPS                         

Eating Disorders: Many people struggle in their relationships with food and their body. For those with eating disorders, food and eating becomes inextricably linked with ideas about self-worth and worthiness. Attempts to control food intake often result in initial feelings of success, which can make difficult situations feel better, but always lead to becoming controlled by food, rather than the other way around. Eating disorders are complex and life threatening illnesses, which can cripple children and adults in all areas of life.

Counselling Approach: Tiegan has a particular interest in working with eating disorder clients, and has spoken at international conferences and is published in this area. In the past, counselling approaches have come up short, and prognosis for recovery has been poor. Now however we have a range of treatments which are effective for both adults and children. Most often, treatment will involve some level of medical monitoring by a GP. For children, Maudsley Family Based Treatment and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Enhanced (CBT-E) are proving very effecting, while for adults CBT-E, MANTRA (The Maudsley Model for Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults), IPT and specialist supportive clinical management are all showing promise. Tiegan is passionate about utilising compassion focused approaches, which new research is showing to be particular effective in eating disorder treatment.

Current Availability: Usually within one week. Appointments available Saturdays.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $180 hr and $220 initial appointment. Medicare and health rebates available.

Please note: Tiegan’s books are currently closed.