Weight-Inclusive
and Fat-Positive
Nutrition Counselling.

Reclaim Your Headspace and Feel at Peace With Your Body and Food.

Food and body worries disconnect us from ourselves and take us further away from the lives we want to live.

For support to reduce the guilt and anxiety you feel around food, eating and your body, I offer in-person individual nutrition counselling at my clinic in Hawthorn East, Melbourne, and Telehealth Australia-wide using Zoom.

At Eat in Peace, I Provide Non-diet, Fat-positive, Trauma-informed and Weight-inclusive Support for

An orange and floral cushion on a pale grey couch in Eat in Peace nutrition counselling rooms in Hawthorn.
Nicole Kopel is the Eat in Peace Dietitian in Melbourne assisting people with Eating Disorders and concerns with body image, weight, and eating behaviours. She is wearing a green cardigan and is sitting crossed legged in front of a palm tree.

Hi, I’m Nicole

I’ve been working as a Dietitian for 17 years and use a weight-inclusive, trauma-aware, non-diet and fat-positive approach in my nutrition counselling to support you to improve your relationship with food and body.

What does all that mean? That’s a lot of words to say I will work with you to uncover a greater understanding of what impacts your eating and body image.

And partner with you as you build trust in yourself as the expert of your body and how to best take care of yourself.

My Approach

I practise through a non-diet, body-led and weight-inclusive approach. I won’t ask you to step on the scales, and you won’t be put on a diet or a meal plan (unless together, we decide a meal plan will be helpful to normalise your eating or treat malnutrition).

We’ll create a space that invites curiosity about

I’ll work with you to explore and gently move away from the importance that your weight plays in your life, and help you move more towards body, fat and weight acceptance, or “body peace”.

Expect plenty of time to share your story and also answer some questions to help you reflect on your health and well-being goals.

Young Caucasian woman sitting on the bed in her bedroom, eating her breakfast.

I may be the dietitian for you if…

I’ll happily connect you with another trusted colleague if…

What Does Individual Nutrition Counselling Look Like.

Book A Session

Booking a session to work together is as easy as completing my contact form.

I’ll get back to you within 48 business hours to set something up either in person or via Telehealth using Zoom.

If you’d prefer to have a chat first, please use the same contact form to organise a complimentary 15-minute enquiry call.

Once booked in, you’ll be sent a link to complete my terms and conditions and personal info forms.

A referral from your doctor isn’t needed to work together, however, I strongly recommend having a team of professionals involved in your care. And in the case of an eating disorder, a treatment team is necessary for us to work together.

Hawthorn East dietitian office

Our Initial Meeting

Our first one to two sessions are all about setting up our work together, getting to know one another and for you to get a feel for what it’s like to work with me.

I’m curious to learn about your health and history with food and your body, why you decided to begin this work and what you hope will feel different for you.

We’ll cover foundational concepts that help set up the process of nutrition counselling and discuss what we will aim for over the next few sessions.

Follow-Up Sessions

During follow-up sessions, I’ll ask you what feels important for us to talk through. We’ll check in on any experiments or strategies you’re working on and discuss any challenges you may have encountered – with compassion and curiosity.

We’ll cover non-diet and body-led eating concepts such as your nervous system, mental health, appetite cues, mindfulness, how you feel about your body, and your thoughts and feelings around food and eating. There’s also plenty of space to explore your beliefs, feelings, and concerns about your weight, and plenty of time to help me understand your lived experiences

Throughout our sessions, we may also discuss things such as metabolism, our bodies’ nutritional needs, and how our body uses food.

We’ll work in small steps according to how ready you are to make changes and we may put strategies in place for you to try between appointments.

Payment, Rebates & Appointment Cancellation

Payment

Payment is expected on the day of consultation. Cash (exact amount), direct deposit or credit card payment is accepted.

If finances are a barrier to you accessing treatment, please reach out as individual payment arrangements are an option.

At Eat in Peace, I use Halaxy which is a cloud-based Practice Management System. It is protected by 256-bit bank-grade security and encryption. All information is encrypted and stored in a securely protected data centre in Australia with multiple backups in place. When Halaxy integrates with funding bodies (such as Australia’s Medicare and DVA bodies), Halaxy passes security and operational tests across the system.

For specific information regarding fees, please get in touch.

Rebates

You may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare if your GP has organised a Chronic Disease Management or Eating Disorder Treatment Plan. Please know there will be an out-of-pocket cost – you’re welcome to speak with me if you have any queries about this.

You may also be eligible for private health insurance rebates depending on your level of coverage.

Appointment Cancellations

Eat in Peace operates part-time and often has a waiting list, so to ensure fairness for all clients, 24 hours' notice is required if you can’t attend at your allocated appointment time.

Where less than 24 hours' notice is provided, 50% of the standard appointment fee applies.

For non-attendance without notification, the standard appointment fee applies.

I welcome open discussion about what works best for you in terms of reminders, accessibility and practicalities around attendance.

It’s Completely Normal to Have
Some Questions...

Here Are the Answers to the Ones I Get Asked the Most.

It depends. Meal plans are really useful and important for some people, and not for others.

Ultimately, this will be a decision we will make together after getting curious about a few things (e.g. Have you had a meal plan before? Do you currently have one? How has it served you so far or previously?)

And we may experiment with some gentle structure to eating, rather than a meal plan.

Not much! I’ll send you a link to the registration information and forms for you to complete before we meet for the first time.

If you have a GP, psychologist or psychiatrist, it can help for them to send me an overview of their treatment with you or a reason for referral.

If you have an eating disorder, your GP needs to be involved in your care to monitor your health regularly.

Nope.

If you need to restore weight, and knowing your weight trajectory is clinically important, I recommend your GP or another trusted member of your team take on that task with you.

I invite you to contact me for all the ins and outs around fees.

If your financial situation impacts being able to receive the care you need, individual payment options are available.

If you are eligible for a Chronic Disease Management Plan or Eating Disorder Treatment Plan through your GP you can claim a partial rebate through Medicare.

If you have private health insurance you may be eligible for a rebate if covered for Dietetics under your extras.

Please note there will still be an out-of-pocket fee.

I work with people anywhere from a couple of appointments to several years. It depends on the level of support that will move you closer to your goals or recovery.

Generally, we might meet weekly for 1-3 appointments, then fortnightly, and then move to monthly. It really is different for everyone!

Take a peek at what working together will look like and my approach and style of nutrition counselling.

For many people, attending a first appointment with a new provider feels scary. Or you may feel nervous, uncertain, or anxious. This makes particular sense if you’ve had tricky experiences with providers in the past.

I know it’s a BIG STEP to reach out for support, so whatever you’re feeling is normal, and we can spend as much time as you need to chat about it when we meet.

I’d also invite you to plan your time before and after your appointment, to allow yourself to settle, ground or transition in and out of our appointments.

Yes, but not in the way you probably mean (I’m guessing you’re after help to lose weight?).

Given the world we live in, the (untrue) messages we hear about what kind of bodies are right and wrong, and the stigma my clients have helped me understand is often experienced when living in a larger body, it makes complete sense that you may want to change your body.

And, I don’t deliver or engage in weight loss strategies.

From an ethical perspective, supporting some people to lose weight while supporting others to heal from eating disorders just doesn’t align. When we take a look at the evidence, there’s no weight loss method that works in the long term and is risk-free. So, weight loss is not something I feel comfortable delivering or supporting.

Many people I see still want to change their bodies– it’s a really hard desire to shift. Desiring it and acting on it are different things and I’m here to help you to understand and unpack your relationship to your weight and body, understand your body story, and support you to shift from a place of body hatred to body respect.

Got another question I haven’t covered? Please get in touch and I’ll happily answer it for you.

Ready to Heal Your Relationship With Food, Eating and Your Body?

Book an appointment now or arrange your complimentary 15-minute enquiry call.