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Meet Michelle

Registered Psychologist

Michelle Cranston is a registered psychologist, based in Melbourne, Australia, who has worked in private practice since 2007. She predominantly works with older adolescents and adults.

As a therapist, Michelle realises the importance of creating a warm and non-judgemental relationship with her clients. She understands this relationship will be the most important vessel in helping clients grow, develop self-compassion and insight, and eventually improve their mental wellbeing and happiness.

Michelle can assist with a range of clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, (social anxiety, phobias, etc), eating disorders, concerns about eating behaviours and body image, as well as overall life difficulties such as grief and loss, work / school stress, and relationship problems.

Michelle completed her doctoral thesis researching eating behaviours. She has assisted many people to change their relationship with food and eating. This is achieved through a non-dieting and HAES – Health At Every Size perspective. Michelle can help patients identify and manage their unique triggers to non-hungry eating (emotional eating, boredom eating, etc), improve body image / acceptance, learn to eat mindfully, and enjoy food without guilt. This approach has been found to increase wellbeing and reduce yo-yo dieting (weight loss followed by weight gain), as research has paradoxically found that dieting is the main cause of weight gain.

Michelle has also completed further education in the treatment of eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, atypical anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder (BED), avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED).

Therapy is predominantly conducted via telehealth (video or phone), however occasionally face-to-face sessions in East Burwood can be arranged.

“It’s not ideas, nor visions, nor tools that truly matter in therapy. If you debrief patients at the end of therapy about the process, what do they remember? Never the ideas – it’s always the relationship.” – Irvin Yalom

Education

Doctor of Applied Psychology

Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Graduate Diploma of Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement)

Memberships & Affiliations

Australian Psychological Society (APS) 

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA) 

Registrations

Michelle is registered for Medicare, TAC, Workcover, DVA, and Private Health Insurance. In most circumstances out-of-pocket fees apply.

 

“Life as a therapist is a life of service in which we daily transcend our personal wishes and turn our gaze towards the needs and growth of the other. We take pleasure not only in the growth of our patient but also in the ripple effect – the salutary influence our patients have upon those whom they touch in life.” Irvin Yalom

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