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

We help you transform your mindset around eating, physical activity, weight and body-image with a combination of traditional and innovative evidence-based approaches.  We have fully registered psychologists who specialise in all areas of weight management using a range of approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT),  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Hypnotherapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), all within a Health At Every Size (HAES)-informed framework.

Our team offer a range of services, including:

•  One-on-one consultations
•  Couples, families, & group sessions
•  Skype consultations

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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 specialising 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 specialised in the psychology of eating, weight, and body image and 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
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

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 specialising 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)

Harley Stansfield

Harley Stansfield is a Registered Psychologist and is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. Harley has a special interest in working with people experiencing eating, weight, body image, and other psychological concerns. He enjoys supporting bariatric surgery clients before and after surgery, working with many of Australia’s top surgeons to help patients successfully navigate the surgery process and achieve the best long-term results possible.

Harley has a strong commitment to providing therapy based on the best scientific evidence, but also understands that every person is unique and enjoys working on what matters to them. Harley is passionate about providing a compassionate and supportive environment, and his calming, reflective approach helps empower his clients to live more fulfilled and meaningful lives.

During his studies, Harley completed research examining the social pressures influencing men and women’s perceptions of their bodies and their eating habits. When not working at WMP, Harley is currently conducting research to better understand the factors impacting men’s body image and writing an academic book chapter on mindful and intuitive eating. He has a personal interest in meditation and minimalism.

Harley’s treatment modalities include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy

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