About Freedom from Food

 

At Freedom from Food, our mission is to offer straight-forward and holistic therapeutic options, specific to the needs of those with disordered eating, their families and community

 

 

Bianca Skilbeck

My name is Bianca

I am a clinical hypnotherapist and counsellor specialising in the treatment of eating disorders and all food and body image related issues.

I love to help people discover how resourceful they can be in their recovery, and assist them to find their true purpose beyond the confines of an eating disorder, disordered eating, chronic dieting and body image concerns.

 

 

Why do I do what I do?

From an early age, I knew that I would be a therapist. Nonetheless, the pathway to getting here hasn’t been a straight line. I spent many of my teenage and young adult years, battling my own demons with you guessed it…..food and body image issues.

After seeking my own therapy, I knew that it was finally time to step up and do what I was meant to do.

Why Freedom from Food?

After studying hypnotherapy, I began my first venture as a therapist in my private practice, South Eastern Hypnotherapy & Counselling. It was after this that I started studying psychology and I was later offered a role as a counsellor at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Melbourne’s bayside. There I was immersed in to the world of substance addiction and disordered eating.

Fast forward another couple of years and I have since moved to the western suburbs of Melbourne. Not only had my experience, studies and priorities since I began my career changed and become more focused; my location was different as well. Clearly, a change of name and a new focus was in order. Enter…..

 

Freedom from Food - Our Mission and Values 

Freedom from Food was born of a vision to create a place, where people could safely come to explore their relationships with food, and recover from all food and body related issues along the spectrum.

Whether you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, experience disordered eating patterns or are just plain tired of yo-yo dieting and body dissatisfaction, then you have come to the right place! You can read more about exactly what Freedom from Food is here.

 

At Freedom from Food, we work hard to practice and embody our core values. These include:

  • Creating a culture of warmth, belonging and connection 
  • Nurturing a therapeutic relationship built upon trust, safety and freedom from judgement
  • Acknowledging the individuality of all people by embracing a unique, creative and curious approach to therapy
  • Empowering clients with support and opportunities designed to create desired outcomes and add value
  • Paving the way to recovery through leadership, authenticity and integrity

 

We do all of this by offering uniquely tailored individual programs of therapy, recovery support groups and online courses, as well as education and information for those with disordered eating and the people who care for them.

For more information about how we can help, explore your options with one of the following

Bianca SkilbeckMore about Bianca

Bianca is a clinical hypnotherapist who trained at The Academy of Hypnotic Science, the largest training school in clinical hypnotherapy in Australia, recognised by the Australian Skills Quality Authority. Here, Bianca completed the Certificate IV and Diploma in Hypnotherapy. She has completed advanced clinical qualifications in Resource Therapy and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), is an approved practitioner with the Australian Centre for Eating Disorders (ACFED) and The Butterfly Foundation, and a registered member of the Australian Hypnotherapy Association (AHA).

Bianca is also in the process of attaining a degree in Clinical Psychology through Monash University.

Bianca has a special interest in eating disorders, disordered eating and addiction recovery. She enjoys working to help her clients find their road to recovery and cultivate healthy and balanced relationships with themselves. This includes using the principles of Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size, as well as addressing the underlying anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and trauma which can sometimes be at the heart of eating disorders and addiction.

Sean M

Sean M

I reached out to Bianca for assistance with my wife who was going through a very trying time with the arrival of our new baby girl and within weeks, the passing of my father in law. My wife was really struggling like never before with high anxiety and depression and Bianca was able to guide my wife through this very troublesome time. Bianca’s communication, professionalism and kindness made this whole experience that much easier by her guidance and confidence from the moment Bianca took on the concern. Thank you Bianca, I would have no hesitation in recommending your professional services.

Jane C

Jane C

My eating disorder was always something I couldn't change from the surface, it was so hard to wade through an ocean of conflicting emotions and thought to really address the negative behaviours and feelings I was having. Hypnotherapy was almost a last resort for me, but I remember leaving the first session and just feeling lighter. It was as though the weight was lifting slowly, and I could see more about the why I was the way I was. Through hypnotherapy, Bianca helped me sift through nearly 7 years of bad habits and negative thoughts to find a resilience within myself that I didn't know existed as I had shut it down myself. This helped me immeasurably in both the long and short term to develop my own voice and really stand up to my problems

Brooke B

Brooke B

Bianca has provided me with a professional service of hypnotherapy and counselling in a relaxed and safe environment. Her credentials and knowledge can be noted from the outset. She is gentle and non-judgmental but most importantly she has helped me to get the results I needed. I highly recommend Bianca for anyone who needs assistance with recognising that their low self-worth is affecting their day to day existence. Bianca will help you to put life into perspective and will provide you with the tools so that you can begin to enjoy your life to the fullest.

Jon S

Jon S

Bianca is very helpful, I had 4 sessions with her over a 4 month period. The combination of counselling and hypnotherapy has helped me with anxiety. I definitely recommend Bianca"s services and giving it a go.

Gail P

Gail P

I have seen Bianca several times now and she has made me feel extremely comfortable during the sessions. She exudes the perfect balance of gentleness and confidence, and has an obvious depth of knowledge that comes through in her responses and insights.

I highly recommend Bianca as a hypnotherapist.

Anita M

Anita M

Bianca made me feel so comfortable. I have never had this type of therapy before and didn't know what to expect. All I can say is Bianca made me open up and feel safe. I fee like I have learned so many tools for life and swear by this therapy. My eating disorder is now under control and I feel amazing. This was honestly a life changing experience for me. I would recommend Bianca to anyone and already have done so, she is very good at what she does.

Tina D

Tina D

We are so happy with Bianca's service. My mum has been seeing her for 6 months now and has come a long way. She is so much happier that she has been able to talk to someone about her issues and feelings. We are so grateful. Finding Bianca has helped mum a lot and in turn has helped the family with mum being so happy.

Maxine S

Maxine S

I completed 12 weeks with Bianca throughout the year, and highly recommend her. I felt very comfortable and relaxed each time i visited, and the lifestyle changes that have occured have been amazing. Thankyou!! :)

Tara S

Tara S

A big thank you to Bianca for helping me achieve so much with hypnotherapy. 6 months ago, I was lonely, depressed and very critical of myself. However, since seeing her, I am on the road to becoming a much happier and stronger person. I find that I am no longer overwhelmed by the small things and I’ve noticed that my levels of self-esteem and self-worth are continuously improving….seeing Bianca has really changed the way that I feel about myself and my life a lot

Ken W

Ken W

Bianca is an excellent counsellor and she made me really comfortable and I found it easy to talk to her. I feel really better now and highly recommend it

Christine L

Christine L

Bianca was very professional and thorough. She gave me what I needed. Will be going back again. She was very accomodating

Natalie P

Natalie P

I spent three weeks with Bianca and felt calmer and more centred after my very first appointment. She is knowledgeable, professional and creates a safe environment.

Ian B

Ian B

I had a consultation with Bianca. I wasn’t sure what to expect. She shares the space with my Chiropractor, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I used to chew my tongue when I concentrated. In one session I have stopped. After the session I was aware when I started to do it, and after about a week I completely stopped. I can heartily recommend Bianca and her services.

Lee B

Lee B

I absolutely loved my sessions with Bianca and found them invaluable. I went in expecting just Hypnotherapy, instead I got a fantastic therapist in addition to the Hypnotherapy. Bianca helped me with strategies to move forward with what was bothering me and really helped. I would highly recommend Bianca to anyone needing help, in particular with weight issues like I did.

Linda M

Linda M

Bianca is an excellent practitioner. She is knowledgeable and was able to assist me with my concern both in the short and long term. I would not hesitate in recommending her. Thanks Bianca.

Bianka V

Bianka V

Bianca helped me discover a lot about myself. She is very calm and very knowledgable in her practice. I would highly recommend Bianca's counselling and hypnotherapy.

Blake T

Blake T

I am a very logical person and somewhat skeptical I was curious enough to try it out. After explaining thoroughly and answering questions I had, we did 25 minutes of hypnosis on basic relaxation (felt like 10). What was interesting was I felt fairly normal through most of the session. However once we stopped and Bianca “pulled me out” I realised how heavy and comfortable I felt. Like waking up from a long nap but without any grogginess. More like a ridiculously sense of warmth and the tension I didn’t realise was in my forehead was gone as well. Really hard to describe!! But if you’re at all curious I highly recommend having a try and seeing Bianca, you don’t need a “problem” as such to go and benefit hypnotherapy.

Kate A

Kate A

Really enjoyed my sessions - found them to be relaxing, professional and educational (also got really great results!)

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