Dr Anita Cochrane
B Sc, B App Sci, Grad Dip Nutr & Diet, Post Grad Dip Psych, Dip Clin Hypnotherapy, Master Org Psych, PhD MAPS, MDAA
Dr Anita Cochrane is a clinical psychologist and an accredited practising dietitian. Her life’s work has been helping people like you achieve better health outcomes for their mind and body.
Anita believes that the world we live in has become so complex that we need to take a systems-focused, integrative and interdisciplinary approach to health management.
Anita’s areas of interest include the inter-related role of your nutrition, your genes, your gut health (part of your microbiome), stress, your life experiences and lifestyle, as well as the impact of external environmental factors (such as toxins), in determining your physical health, mental health, brain health and your weight.
Anita’s combined skills in psychology and dietetics have been particularly useful in helping people with their weight, eating and gut issues.
Anita’s advanced learning and knowledge is passed on to all LifePsyche practitioners and, ultimately, to you, thus putting you on the path to achieving better mind and body health.
The results of Anita’s PhD research suggested that interventions for chronic and complex conditions could be more effective if they were designed around the multiple factors that are impacting on clients presenting for treatment. This includes social, psychological, biological, economic and environmental factors. As well as client factors, the contribution of the practitioner, and strategies or processes, in helping the client achieve outcomes was highlighted. The figure below was developed to communicate Anita’s PhD work. The model has formed a platform for the ongoing evolution of LifePsyche’s commitment to best practice.
Figure. Systems interplay for managing chronic disease and complex conditions.
To remain at the cutting edge in the newly emerging areas of integrative health Anita has completed studies in nutrigenomics and has become a Fitgenes practitioner. She is also completing ongoing professional development with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, the American Institute of Functional Medicine and the American College of Nutrition.
Anita is a registered provider with Medicare and most health funds.
Aspiring psychologist, Caitlin, supports Anita with developing professional training programs in areas like brain health and using a systems approach to solve complex health problems. She is currently completing an Honours in psychology at the University of Queensland. Her abiding interest in people watching inspired Caitlin to complete dual undergraduate degrees majoring in psychology and sociology. Whether Caitlin is helping out in reception, doing admin or professional development, she approaches each day as a part of the Lifepsyche team with genuine excitement.
Bhakti-Rose has been part of the LifePsyche team for close to a decade working in both administration and client management. Clients appreciate Bhakti because she is personable, professional and empathetic.
When not at LifePsyche Bhakti-Rose takes acting classes and enjoys working with other talented people at Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Sopheakleap Sokhenor (we call her Leap) works with our accounts, as well as client management. Leap just completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in professional accounting from Macquarie University. Leap comes from Cambodia. Her favourite things are travelling, nature and food.
Eleonora is a registered psychologist with 11 years of experience in various agencies, companies and medical centres.
Eleanora works with a diverse clientele including children above 8 and adults. Examples of areas she works in include: Asperger’s, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, blended family issues, teenagers and adults with mood disorders and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, life transition and adjustment issues, self-esteem, improving social skills, conflict resolution, anger management, work place issues such as bullying and burn-out, physical injuries and return to work assessments for WorkCover and other insurance companies.
Therapeutic approaches Eleanora accesses in providing therapy include: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema focused therapy (SFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness based person-centred therapy, motivational interviewing and solution-focused brief therapy.
Eleonora is working with Anita to develop programs that optimise brain health and prevent cognitive decline. She is a proponent of integrative health solutions having learned over the course of her working life that “everything affects everything else”.
Eleonora is fluent in both English and Spanish. Her working style is warm and compassionate.