Some answers to the most common questions

How much does counselling cost?

The Eating Issues Centre offers a range of options: free individual counselling; affordable individual counselling using our income-based sliding scale fee; Medicare rebate options with our eligible psychologist and social worker. 

More information on counselling fees: Our Services.

How long has The Eating Issues Centre been operating?

The Eating Issues Centre began in 1996 as the first of its kind in Australia. Originally known as ISIS - Centre for Women's Action on Eating Issues Inc, the centre offered an alternative approach to the biomedical model of diagnosis and inpatient eating disorder treatment.

Why does someone have an eating issue?

The eating issue is an attempt to deal with and address a larger and more substantial trauma or conflict.

Through listening to those who come to us, we hear about their lives, their difficulties with food and their sense of themselves.  Each story is unique, yet there are some important common areas: a fundamental and deep-seated loss of self-esteem; an experience loss of power and control over their lives; and contradictions and conflicts exist in their lives.

Find out more: About eating issues.

What causes an eating issue?

It is now widely recognised that eating issues are caused by a complex interplay of individual, family, and social factors. 

Five key factors can contribute to - and maintain - eating issues. These are: society & culture (culture, community attitudes, influence of schools, workplaces, religion, etc.); gender (influence of perceptions, expectations and experiences around being female/male, or not fitting into gendered categories); family & personal relationships (influences from family, domestic situation, genetics, relationships, expectations and experiences etc.); individual (influences of your personality, thinking, your body, perfectionism, personal experiences etc.); and a complex interaction of some or all of the above factors.

Read more in About eating issues.

Why do we use the word 'issues'?

We prefer to use the word ‘issue’ rather than ‘disorder’ because an issue is something to be discussed, not by just one person and their therapist, but also amongst families, the media, politicians and the community in general. 

Go to About eating issues for more information.

What is the Eating Issues Centre position on bio-medical methods in treating eating behaviours?

TEIC offers an complementary but also alternative service to the biomedical model.

We recognise the medical implications of eating issues and encourage those with eating issues to access appropriate medically based support alongside our therapeutic services. However, to use our service you do not need to be medically diagnosed with an eating issue.

Find out more at About us.

What services do we offer?

The Eating Issues Centre offers a range of services to help those affected by eating issues in some way: individual counselling; professional group therapy; peer mentor programs; talks & workshops; information & referral; training & resources.

Find out more Our Services.

What do we know about eating issues?

There’s a lot we don’t know.

But there are also a few things we do – and they include:
 the common age of onset is during adolescence, there are no known biological causes of eating issues and eating issues occur predominately within Western countries.  It is now widely recognised that eating issues are caused by a complex interplay of individual, family, and social factors. 5 key factors can contribute to - and maintain - eating issues.  These are: society & culture; gender; family & personal relationships; individual; and a complex interaction of some or all of the above factors. 

Go to about eating issues for more information.

Can men access services at the Eating Issues Centre?


Men can access individual counselling, information and referral and access all resources at the Eating Issues Centre.  We are also keen to involve men with experience of eating issues in forming supportive groups tailored to men’s issues. 

Please contact us if you would like more information.

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