Supporting your recovery from
Food Addiction & Trauma


I'm Vanessa, a counsellor and psychotherapist for adults based in Sydney, Australia, offering online services. I combine lived experience and clinical expertise to support your journey of recovery from food addiction, disordered eating, trauma & other addictions.

Helping you tame addictive eating and heal what’s underneath will allow you to move towards living the life you want. I work with individuals and groups on a continuum of care from supporting the building of practical recovery skills to deeper healing and transformation. I love working with Internal Family Systems (IFS).

I’ve supported people with challenges including (but not exclusively):
• Food Addiction & Eating Disorders
• Weight & Body Image Concerns
• Codependency
• Complex Trauma
• Substance & Process Addictions (including alcohol, drugs, sex, relationships, work, busyness, money, Internet & technology and others.)   

1:1 Counselling & Psychotherapy

Our work together will be tailored to your goals and priorities. While I specialise in food addiction and complex trauma, I see people who struggle with other addictive behaviours too.

I’ve learned that when people come to therapy, everyone is different. Some people want more practical strategies and others want to do deeper healing work. Often, we do a bit of both.

Click to learn more about what to expect, how to book an appointment of free 15 minute consultation.

As a registered level 4 counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association I adhere to the Australian Counselling Association Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Professionals.

Practitioners & Oranisations

Upon one-off requests from practitioners and organisations I have started offering consultations specifically for professionals who want to learn about food addiction to integrate the concept into their practice in the eating disorders or addictions fields.

Consultations can be booked Thursdays and Fridays 8 am to 6:30 pm AEST and fees are AU$160 per 60-minute session.
Other related consultation services can be discussed on a case by case basis.
Please contact me to schedule a session of for more information.


Courses are created for you to add to your knowledge about topics related to addiction and trauma that you can enjoy at your own pace and apply new skills to supplement your personal recovery journey.  

Live Workshops

Online Live Workshops are educational and experiential one-off sessions so that you can practice what you are learning and share with other participants.


Groups are themed, online groups that run for specific periods of time (for example, my 4-week IFS group) where you can learn and share with other participants.

Speaking Engagements

As a seasoned public speaker on topics around food addiction, eating disorders, including my lived experience, as well as complex trauma, I can be booked for your event, seminar or conference.

I provide educational talks on food addiction, and speak to topics around policy and practice around mental health as well as trauma-informed best practice in the workplace from the perspective of clinician and lived experience either as part of a panel or solo engagement.

I’m a peer ambassador for SANE Australia and am on the Blue Knot Foundation’s Lived and Living Experience Committee.  

Acknowledgement of Country
I recognise the history, culture, diversity and value of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and acknowledge their Elders past and present.

I acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded, and support reconciliation, justice and the recognition of the ongoing living culture of all First Nations people by providing welcoming and culturally informed services. 

Embracing inclusivity and diversity,  I also support a culture of inclusion, respect, choice, voice and diversity and am committed to supporting all people to be mentally well and engaged in their communities.