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Frequently Asked Questions

Isis 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: individual counselling.

While Isis offers an alternative service to the biomedical model, we also recognise the medical implications of eating issues.  We 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 on Isis: About us.

Isis 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 (see Our history (herstory) & past projects). 

Isis offers a range of services to help those affected by eating issues in some way: individual counselling; professional group therapy; talks & workshops; information & referral; training & resources; and research.  Find out more About us.

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 Isis for help, 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.

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.

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.

To date, the majority of those with an eating issue have been women.  Yet the medical profession's involvement with eating issues has not included any clear or thorough analysis regarding gender and how it relates to their research and/or treatment.  Recognising the ways in which our society may undermine women with eating issues means that we will collectively be able to bring an end to the conflict these women experience.  Go to Feminism & eating issues for more information.

Isis prefers 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.

Isis is the name of an Egyptian goddess believed to ward off negativity. She became the embodiment of motherhood, of growth and nourishment ‐ also of hope and resurrection, rebirth. Go to About us for more information about Isis.

 
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