Nutrition Counselling

Non-Diet Dietitian & Psychotherapist

Rhea Bergmann




Rhea applies the principles of Health At Every Size® (HAES®) and the Non-Diet Approach to assist her clients to respect and care for their bodies with food. The non-diet philosophy is one that is weight neutral, assisting an individual to engage in health behaviours regardless of their body weight, shape or size and shifts the focus to wellbeing rather than weight change. Rhea works with individuals and groups to develop their skills and increase their awareness of natural internal eating cues, build body trust and move away from fear-driven, restrictive & rules based eating.


Rhea is also a Psychotherapist and integrates mindfulness & compassion-based counselling therapies into a nutrition counselling setting. She holds a strong interest in mind-body health and as such, primarily sees individuals with food and nutrition concerns including: emotional eating, binge eating, body weight/shape/size pre-occupation & dissatisfaction and disordered eating, along with restrictive dieting tendencies. This approach is also applicable and useful in chronic disease management to improve blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol parameters and in increasing dietary variety.


Rhea works as part of the team at Adelaide Health Care under her business name Mind-Full of Food Nutrition Counselling.

Rhea is also an affiliate partner for the UNTRAPPED Program – an online MEGA-PROGRAM for those who want freedom from diet culture. UNTRAPPED gives you the tools to break free from diet prison for good. Imagine gathering the best anti-dieting brains and mixing all of that knowledge together into one, everything you need to know about rejecting diet-think and living free is right here for you. Be guided by 12 anti-diet experts in the most fierce, fiery and fabulous community. You can join us at the link below:



*I declare that I do not derive any income from companies that offer weight loss programs, 

products, services or procedures. Health at Every Size and HAES are registered trademarks of 

The Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.*





Adelaide Health Care

Dietitian & Psychotherapist

Adelaide Health Care opened in 1999 as an independent association of five general practitioners. Over the years we have steadily grown and we now have fifteen General Practitioners working at the practice. We have three Primary Health Care Nurses who are essential to our team approach. We have a number of GPs who work in special interest areas. Our aim is to provide high quality health service to people who live, work or study in the city or nearby suburbs. In addition to the more traditional medical care of illness, we promote better health by focusing on illness prevention and improving well-being, both physically and emotionally. We aim to support patients to learn about their health and healthy living.

Consult days and times: Monday 2-6pm, Thursday 2-6pm & Friday 1-6pm
Fees: $110 (50min duration).

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Adelaide Health Care
43 Carrington Street
Adelaide 5000
P 8410 0774

For all other enquiries feel free to contact Rhea directly via email:
[email protected]


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The Sticking Points...


What is HAES & The Non-Diet approach?

The Health At Every Size® Principles are:

1. Weight Inclusivity – Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes

and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights. 

2. Health Enhancement – Support health policies that improve and equalize access to

information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being,

including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.

3. Respectful Care – Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination,

weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding

that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and

other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.

4. Eating for Wellbeing – Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety,

nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated

eating plan focused on weight control.

5. Life-Enhancing Movement – Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities,

and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.


The Non-Diet approach is the application of HAES® principles.

It is a wellbeing and self-care focused therapy, which helps individuals build skills

in responding to their natural, internal signals of what, when and how much to eat.

It assists people to engage in health enhancing behaviours – such as eating well, moving

their body and looking after their mental wellbeing – regardless of a persons size or shape

and irrespective of if their weight changes or not. 


What can I expect from a HAES & Non-Diet consult?

You can expect a kind, caring and empathic understanding of your current body, food or

eating distress. An initial assessment can take 1-2 sessions to gain a full picture of whats

really going on, whats been helpful in the past and whats been unhelpful. The assessment

includes gaining a history of body image distress, any restrictive eating, what your family

environment was like with food and eating growing up, understanding any specific food

behaviours and triggers or cues to eat or restrict food. There will be an explanation of the

approach and introduction of skills building exercises such as hunger and fullness awareness,

mindful eating practice and hunger matching as appropriate. Theres likely to be some diet

debunking and food myth busting. But most of all its a collaborative process helping you to move

from a place of discomfort to a place of comfort with food, eating and your body.


Is the HAES & The Non-Diet approach just a different way to lose weight?

No. Weight change is not a focus, nor an intended outcome of non-diet therapy.

The intention is to connect with and build trust in our body to find its own comfortable weight,

when we are enjoying eating well and moving the body in enjoyable and sustainable ways.

Some individuals find that their weight changes, others dont – but either is ok!


Are you just telling people to eat whatever they want?

No. The best way to describe it is that we promote eating with attunement –

paying non-judgemental attention to our eating choices in order to explore

and discover what, when and how much food is a great match for us at any given time.