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

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.

Gaby Hill

Known as “The Eating Psychologist”, Gaby Hill is a senior psychologist with nearly 25 years of extensive therapeutic, counselling, supervisory, and mentoring experience. Gaby’s real passion is helping men and women to heal and free themselves from toxic eating and dieting culture, negative body image and the self-hatred that comes from living in a society that is all to quick to judge us based on our appearance. Her focus is on helping her clients to reach their highest goals through strategies that nourish, not punish!

Gaby has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS Clinical College.  She is also a member of the APS Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body-Image Interest Group as well as the APS Buddhism Interest Group.

Gaby’s areas of special interest include weight management, emotional and compulsive eating, chronic dieting and anorexia, binge eating and bulimia, body dysmorphia, body-image and self-esteem, as well as the importance of self-care and creating healthy habits.  Her ultimate aim is to empower her clients to live life more freely and fully.

Gaby’s Treatment Modalities Include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamic work
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IT)
  • Nutritional and Mind-Body Science
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). Yes! You will actually learn how to treat yourself like a good friend!
  • Mindfulness

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.

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

Emma Slade

Emma Slade is a psychologist specialising in weight management, physical activity and general psychology. She is also a Sport & Exercise Psychology Registrar. Emma completed her Masters in Applied Psychology, in the area of sport and exercise, at the University of Queensland in 2017 where she excelled with two Deans Commendations for Academic Excellence. Emma holds a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours, graduating from the University of New England in 2014 as a Vice Chancellor Scholar, and is also qualified in group exercise training, an area where she has worked extensively before moving into psychology full-time.

Due to her outstanding academic achievement, Emma was hand-picked by Glenn to support 60 participants through our flagship program, the Twelve Month Transformation in 2017.  We found clients loved Emma’s authentic, compassionate, warm, committed, and evidence-based approach to helping them overcome eating, physical activity, weight, and body image challenges, so it has been a natural progression for Emma to move to seeing clients 1 on 1, which she and the clients are greatly enjoying.  Emma has significant experience across a range of psychology clinics, sporting academies, and drug and alcohol support services, giving her a strong background as a general psychologist able to support clients with life issues related to their weight, health, and wellbeing.  Emma also 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.

Emma is passionate about assisting people to build their healthy relationship with movement, and the application of exercise psychology in helping people to engage in movement that is fulfilling and meaningful. Emma’s research investigated the role of group fitness instructors in creating a social identity for class participants, and the positive influence this has on attendance and physical effort. Emma scored a mark of 95% for her research, and the findings have been published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise. A believer that movement is for everybody, in her final master’s year, Emma created an intervention to assist older adults in navigating barriers to their physical activity engagement.

Emma’s Treatment Modalities include:

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

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 currently studying a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is incredibly passionate about helping people live happier, healthier lives.

Since graduating in 2007 Shauna has specialised in the psychology of weight management 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 a multi-disciplinary team. She ran one-on-one appointments aimed at helping individuals to overcome psychological barriers that prevented them from losing and maintaining weight loss. She has also worked as a weight management 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 also 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’s Treatment Modalities include:

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

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