Hi, I'm Vanessa Preston
I help women reject what the world has demanded of them and find radical self-acceptance; free from BS quick fixes, toxic positivity or superficial affirmations
Whether you’ve found my page on purpose or stumbled across it unintentionally, I’m glad you’re here.
I'm a relatable therapist here in Melbourne, Australia. I grew up in Kentucky, USA but have lived in Melbourne for the past 13 years. I love the people, the coffee and love being near the water or in the bush!
For the past 15 years, I have worked in the mental health sector, supporting people with trauma, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief/loss.
Over the years, I have observed the connection between trauma, eating disorders and body image distress and became passionate about helping people navigate this complex healing process.
I have combined my clinical expertise and my own lived experience to create my body and food peace programs.
I truly love my clients, my groups and I consider it a privilege to witness each person's vulnerabilities, heartaches and wins.
I believe that TRUE BODY IMAGE HEALING happens when we allow ourselves to be seen, connect with others in a safe environment, and learn from other people’s lived experience….
Something that happens in the group programs in such a beautiful way!
I invite you to have a look around at the programs I’m offering and let's get started together! If you’re not quite ready to dive in, please feel free to download one of my freebies as a start.
Master of Clinical Social Work- Mental Health Concentration (University of Kentucky, 2010)
Bachelor Degree in Family Consumer Sciences (University of Kentucky, 2007)
Certificate IV in Nutrition Counselling (Vast Fitness Academy, Australia, 2020)
Therapeutic training in: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Person-Centred Psychotherapy, Mindfulness techniques, Internal Family Systems, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBTe)
Full Registration with the Australian Association of Social Workers
What I help with
1. Reducing body image struggles using body neutrality and body respect
2. Creating peace with food using a flexible and person-centered intuitive eating approach (without diet culture and food rules)
3. Helping you reconnect with your true self and your body using self-compassion and trauma-informed techniques
What I don't help with
1. Weight loss support
2. Meal plans
3. Parenting advice for children's food behaviour or body image
4. Medical advice
Fun facts about me...
I love to travel and immerse myself into other cultures. My fav places I've visited so far are Vietnam, Spain and Fiji.
- I LOVE 90s RnB, hip hop and dancing!
I used to hate coffee but moving to Melbourne's cafe culture turned me into a coffee snob.
- My favourite animal is an echidna.
- I've seen Bridesmaids (the movie) like 47 times.
Your next step
Ready to find radical acceptance?
Get help with body image
In this 12-week program, you learn about self-compassion, shame resilience, connecting to your deeper self and your values and learn radical self-acceptance and unconditional kindness for your body at ANY size.Learn more
Get help with intuitive eating
In this online program, you learn the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating + 2 bonus modules from 6 amazing experts! Start your journey towards less stress, MORE PEACE and more freedom with food!Learn More
Roadmap to Managing the "Not Good Enough Voice"
This free resource will provide you 3 simple steps to shift the shame and start your journey toward body and food freedom.