Eating Disorders2018-11-12T14:22:02+00:00

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are not about food. At heart, they are about trying to find happiness in a world that feels too difficult.

Eating is one of the first things we do when we come into the world. Through eating, we get our most primal survival needs met – food and love. From the very start, eating is for all of us a profound way of receiving love, sustenance, nurturing, attention and comfort.

We believe eating disorders are just another way of trying to find acceptance and love and satisfaction – a way to feel good about yourself, when underneath, you feel bad about yourself. So when it comes to food, you may under-do it, or over-do it.

Our approach is guided by the pioneering empathic approach of Dr Anita Johnston, who has quite a different perspective from the more conventional one, of how to view, manage, and heal eating disorders.

It is not a quick fix. This psychotherapeutic approach takes a long time – but relief starts right from the beginning, in understanding that eating disorders have their own logic, and the symptoms need to remain (managed responsibly) through the early stages of healing, in order for you to recover sufficiently before you can give them up. Listen to this 4 minute video from Dr Anita Johnston at

Call us on 1300 739 531 to make an appointment

  • Phones answered Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 8pm, Saturdays 9-4pm
  • After-hours appointments available weeknights to 8pm, Saturdays 9am to 4pm.
  • Medicare and Private Health rebates can be processed at your session.
  • For details on our psychologists, see Our Team

If you feel stuck thinking more about eating and food portions than about anything else, let us help you get your life back.

Open Sky Psychology serves the local areas of Ryde, Gladesville, Putney, Lane Cove, Meadowbank, Hunters Hill, Top Ryde, East Ryde, West Ryde, North Ryde, Denistone, Drummoyne, Eastwood, Epping, Chatswood, and surrounding suburbs.

Victoria Road buses also make our practice accessible for city workers, see Contact Us. But if Our Team’s areas of specialisation make a good match for your particular needs, we welcome people from anywhere.

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