At Weight Management Psychology we believe psychology is the missing piece of your weight management puzzle.

Our team of fully registered psychologists is passionate about helping you to free yourself from eating, physical activity, weight, and body image concerns, as well as work through a variety of other areas that may relate to these concerns.

Our psychologists have an array of interest areas, employ a wide variety of evidence-based approaches, and offer a range of services, including:

One-on-one consultations
(face to face)
One-on-one Telehealth consultations
(online)
Couples & families sessions

Meet the Team!

Glenn Mackintosh

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Glenn Mackintosh is the Founder of Weight Management Psychology.  His public work has seen him accept the challenging position as consultant psychologist for Ten’s The Biggest Loser: Transformed and feature regularly in the media.

He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Queensland representative for the APS Psychology of Eating, Weight, and Body-image Interest Group.  Before venturing into private practice, he was the Director of Psychology at the Wesley Lifeshape Clinic and he also supports Qld Bariatrics patients pre- and post-surgery.

Glenn’s research investigated psychological and social factors and weight management, and he has lectured in health psychology, the psychology of eating, and sport and exercise psychology at the University of Queensland and several other universities.

He has also developed the self-help resources The Complete Reprogramming Series, co-created Weight Management Psychology – Emotional Freedom Techniques for Weight Management Online Program with Professor Peta Stapleton, and developed The Twelve Month Transformation, a group and online program helping people free themselves from yo-yo dieting and develop naturally healthy habits that last for life.

Glenn’s passion is in helping people manage their eating, physical activity, weight, and body-image and training other professionals in applying psychological principles to help clients grappling with weight concerns through his sold-out professional workshops with the APS, Filex, and the DAA, online courses for Personal Trainers through the Australian Fitness Network, and online courses for dietitians in conjunction with Dietitian Connection.  He is enjoying spreading evidence-based, weight-inclusive, innovative messages in his practice, the media and public life.

Emma Furner

Emma is a registered Psychologist and Yoga Instructor with a passion to support people in their journey towards life long health and wellbeing. Having worked as a Psychologist nationally and internationally for more than a decade, she has significant expertise in the areas of trauma and abuse, depression, anxiety and stress management, self-esteem and self-harm. Emma considers the relationship between these concerns and eating, physical activity, weight and body image concerns as often a very intricate and interrelated one. It is this synergy of expertise areas that, after understanding the need for deeper work underlying some of our clients’ challenges, compelled us to invite our third Emma to join the Weight Management Psychology team. In this capacity, Emma enjoys supporting a range of clients by following a mainly non-dieting approach, and has a special interest in supporting bariatric surgery clients before and after surgery, working with top surgeons in Queensland and interstate to help patients successfully navigate the surgery process and achieve the best long-term results possible.

Emma completed a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and has received several awards for her research and teaching, including a Lifetime Membership of the Golden Key International Academic Honours Society and an Honorary Teaching Fellowship at Bond University.

Emma believes that each of us have the wisdom within to heal ourselves and become healthy, but that various factors can be barriers to accessing this wisdom. These factors can include (but are not limited to) our cultural context, family background, relationship with ourselves, trauma history and unconscious ways of coping. Having experienced her own challenges with body image and a not-so-loving relationship with herself, Emma considers psychotherapy to be one of the most beneficial endeavours a person can engage in – beneficial in helping one to identify and overcome their unique barriers to health and happiness, heal old hurts, and truly have a loving relationship with all aspects of self, food, physical movement and other people. It really is a possibility for us all and Emma is dedicated to supporting this by drawing on the following Treatment Modalities:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • iRest Yoga Nidra and Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Shauna Spencer

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Shauna Spencer is a psychologist with a special interest in weight management. She completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology at the University of Queensland in 2007. She also holds a Diploma in Fitness and is one of the Accredited Practicing Dietitians on our team. She is incredibly passionate about helping people live happier, healthier lives.

Since graduating in 2007 Shauna has primarily supported clients with their eating, weight, and body image and she has had a wealth of experience prior to joining the team at Weight Management Psychology. Shauna has assisted people pre and post bariatric surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital. She has worked as a weight management psychologist with Glenn at the Wesley Weight Management Clinic, where she was part of an interdisciplinary team. She ran one-on-one appointments aimed at helping people to overcome psychological barriers that prevented them from losing and maintaining weight loss. She has also worked as a psychologist at Adro Sarnelli’s (winner of season 1 Biggest Loser) The New Me Obesity Rehabilitation Centre in Melbourne where she ran group workshops and individualised consultations assisting people to develop healthy mindsets around food, eating and physical activity. She has owned and operated her own health coaching practice where she assisted a variety of people to make health related behavioural changes and improve their overall well-being. Further to this she has worked with families on a research project called NOURISH with QUT that aimed to prevent childhood obesity by setting up healthy eating habits in young children. Shauna also has a special interest in supporting people who experience Eating Disorders and disordered eating, a service our clients greatly appreciate.

Shauna’s treatment modalities include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness

Nelson Laconi

Nelson a registered Psychologist and Fitness Instructor who is passionate about the psychology of eating, physical activity, weight, and body image, as well as helping people build meaningful and purpose filled lives. He believes that we each have inherent strengths within us, and that identifying these strengths can help us create positive change and navigate the natural challenges that are part of life. He also enjoys helping people uncover their personal values, which are powerful motivators that they already have within themselves, and finds this strengths-and-values based approach to therapy preferable to traditional approaches that focus more solely on the reduction of unwanted symptoms. Nelson began with Weight Management Psychology in 2007 and, after living in Sydney for an extended period, we were pleased to welcome him back to the team in 2021!

Nelson completed a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, where he was awarded a Lifetime Membership to the Golden Key International Academic Honours Society based on his academic performance. A lover of continued learning, Nelson has also completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Education (Teaching), an Advanced Diploma in Leadership, a Certificate IV in Fitness, and is currently completing a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology.

Nelson is fascinated by the close relationship that exists between our minds and bodies, and how the health and wellbeing of each has a direct impact on the health and wellness of the other. He has a special interest in eating and physical activity, and their relationships with physical health, mental health, and longevity, and has extensively researched ‘Blue Zones’ – areas of the world where people live the longest – to help his clients understand how to live happier and longer lives. One of his main therapeutic goals is to help clients learn how to take care of their minds and bodies as a way of life.

With over fifteen years experience, Nelson supports clients not only with eating, physical activity, weight, and body image concerns, but also with a variety of general psychological concerns, such as depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, and relationship concerns. He enjoys seeing women and men of all ages, and, with a background in teaching and school counselling, sees many of our adolescents. He also has special interests in balanced and sustainable weight loss, and in supporting bariatric surgery clients before and after surgery, working with top surgeons in Queensland and interstate to help patients successfully navigate the surgery process and achieve the best long-term results possible.

Nelson is enthusiastic about life, and his passion transfers to the therapy room. Our clients greatly enjoy Nelson’s compassionate, knowledgeable, and energetic approach, which is often compared with Glenn’s.

Nelson’s treatment modalities include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Positive Psychotherapy (PPT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Exercise and Movement Therapy

Lynette Armstrong

Lynette is a senior psychologist with over ten years’ experience who, since training with Glenn in 2017, has developed a special interest supporting people with eating, weight, and body-image concerns. Deeply understanding the role nutrition and lifestyle play in promoting mental and physical wellbeing, Lynette is passionate about helping our clients overcome weight concerns, emotional eating, and other eating concerns, and live their happiest, healthiest lives.

With a strong background working with a diverse range of clients, including working closely with Indigenous community health services and government mental health services, Lynette has cultivated a very intuitive, person-centred style of counselling, which our clients greatly appreciate.

Lynette also loves to help clients with a range of general psychological concerns, including depression, anxiety, low self-worth, relationships difficulties, and physical pain. Most specifically, we welcomed Lynette into our team due to her extensive experience in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and special interest in the impacts of trauma and Domestic Violence (in all its forms) as contributors to weight, eating and body image challenges.

Lynette’s approach to therapy is focused on creating a supportive, non-judgmental, and collaborative environment to facilitate change and growth.

Her treatment modalities include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Schema Therapy (ST)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Emotional Focussed Therapy (EFT)

Dr. Claire Ryan

Dr. Claire Ryan is a psychologist with extensive experience in eating, physical activity, and weight management.  She is passionate not only about about helping people feel better and improve their health, but live rich, full and meaningful lives!

Claire’s PhD research investigated how to increase proactive coping strategies and create a state of confidence, optimism, hope and resilience in clients.  She started her career helping students use more proactive coping strategies to improve their experience and outcomes at university. In the corporate world, Claire has worked for Australia’s largest integrated energy company, helping make the workplace healthier by researching and delivering interventions to change organisational culture.  Thus, as well as supporting clients with their weight management challenges, she’s uniquely placed to support them through any study, career, or workplace issues that may (or may not) be related to them – all in an evidence-based way.

Claire came to Weight Management Psychology after experiencing the benefits of applying psychological principles to her own personal struggles with food and exercise.  Having seen first-hand just how powerful psychology can be, Claire developed a strong urge to help others create the sorts of relationships they want with food, exercise, weight and body image.   A believer in a variety of evidence-based treatment options, Claire enjoys supporting bariatric surgery clients before and after surgery, working with Queensland’s top surgeons to help patients successfully navigate the surgery process and achieve the best long-term results possible.

Possessing solid experience as a researcher, wonderful therapeutic skills, and a valuable lived experience of transforming her own relationships with food and physical activity, our clients value Claire’s particular blend of warm, evidence-based, committed, and compassionate therapy.

Claire’s treatment modalities include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

To book in with one of our psychologists, or if you have any further questions, please contact us.

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Phone: (07) 3358 3312
Fax: (07) 3319 6995
Email: info@weightmanagementpsychology.com.au

Location: Apartment 417 Dakota Apartments (Dakota South Building).
88 Macquarie St. Teneriffe, 4005 Australia

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