We provide psychological and dietitian services for those experiencing
Bulimia Nervosa

Vitality Unleashed Psychology provides Psychology & Dietitian services for people experiencing Bulimia Nervosa.

What Is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia Nervosa is a serious psychological condition that is characterised by recurrent episodes of binge eating alongside recurrent inappropriate compensatory behaviours in an attempt to prevent weight gain.

It is important to keep in mind that a definition of a ‘binge’ can vary from person to person. For example, a person that typically undereats might feel like they’ve ‘binged’ if they’ve eaten an amount of food that is more than they normally eat in a given period of time, however, this amount of food consumed may not actually be more than the average person. Clinically, a ‘binge’ is classified as an amount of food that a person has eaten in a discrete period of time (e.g, a 2-hour period), that is indeed larger than what most people would eat in that time frame in the same kind of situation. For example, a person eating a whole family-sized baking tray of lasagne at dinner time instead of 1 average serving size, and then perhaps, some biscuits and ice cream after dinner.

Compensatory behaviours can include vomiting/purging, laxative use, use of diuretics, fasting or excessive exercise. If the person does not engage in compensatory behaviours in an attempt to avoid weight gain, the condition may perhaps be a Binge Eating Disorder.

It is important to ensure that you see a Clinical Psychologist or Psychologist for psychological assessment and diagnosis of any concerns regarding disordered eating or an eating disorder.

Your Clinical Psychologist or Psychologist will continue to provide you with the psychological treatment of your eating disorder, and with your permission will liaise with our Dietitian to enhance your treatment progress.

How Does a Dietitian Help with Bulimia Nervosa?

When working with our Dietitian to treat your Bulimia Nervosa condition, they can help with the following:

  • Understand your patterns of food/weight, behaviours and emotions
  • Provide nutrition information and recommendations including psychoeducation  on the physical impact of Bulimia Nervosa on the body and brain.
  • Create food plans which include a variety of foods top assist and promote regular and consistent food intake.
  • Provide strategies for reducing and eliminating purging and other compensatory behaviours
  • Identify patterns of unhelpful thinking/beliefs and behaviour and support  you in challenging and adjusting these for sustainable and long-term positive change

Get started with treatment for overcoming your eating issues today with our experienced and passionate Clinical Psychologists, Psychologists, and Dietitian. Phone our Clinic today on 07 5574 3888, or email contact@vitalityunleashed.com.au, or Book your Initial Appointment for Psychology and Dietetics Online.

Learn about some of the other common eating disorders below:


Anorexia Nervosa is an excessive fear of gaining weight, with preoccupation with body image, obsessive focus on reducing food intake and losing weight, and often includes compensatory behaviours such as excessive exercise, purging or laxative use. A Dietitian can help the individual to restore weight and reverse some of the physical damage caused by the disorder.


Orthorexia is an obsession with eating food that is ‘pure’; their focus is on the quality of the food consumed to an excessive degree, rather than the quantity, beyond that of ‘clean eating’.


Muscle Dysmorphia is a subtype of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and is the person’s perception of themselves as being less muscular and smaller than what they actually are and causes significant distress.


Binge Eating Disorder is a condition where a person has regular episodes of consuming an excessive amount of food within a particular space of time (e.g., two-hour sitting) that would be more than what the average person would consume in that same period of time. It is typically accompanied by a feeling of a loss of control over the binging behaviour whereby the will struggle to stop the food consumption even if they wanted to, and associated distress. Furthermore, the person with this condition will not engage in compensatory behaviour such as self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise after binge eating to counteract the calories consumed.