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The Gut Centre Difference:

  • Pioneers in the treatment of Brain-Gut Disorders in Australia established for 10+yrs.

    Established in 2012, The Gut Centre has the most experience in using brain-gut therapies to treat functional gut disorders (FGDs) in Australia. We are proud to be the pioneers and leaders in our field, an area also known as psychogastroenterology. We are the first and leading clinic of its kind and have been successfully treating gut patients for more than 10yrs.

  • Founded by leader in the field, Clinical Psychologist & Gut-directed Clinical Hypnotherapist.

    Our founder and director Dr Jim Kantidakis has more than 14years experience in treating brain-gut disorders and was the first Australian to travel and undergo training from leading Gastroenterologist, Prof Whorewell and the founding gut-directed hypnotherapy team in Manchester, in the UK. His passion in the area of gastroenterology inspired him to develop and train his own team of expert practitioners under ‘The Gut Centre’.

    Dr Kantidakis is also currently involved with St. Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) Functional Gut Clinic as the Clinical Psychologist and gut-directed Hypnotherapist on staff. He has strong links with world leading Gastroenterologists in Australia and the United States and has travelled to the US where he visited GI clinics across six states exploring the latest developments in Psychogastroenterology research and practice.

    Dr Kantidakis has also been invited to present at several gastrointestinal conferences and events and hosts the Talking Gut with Dr Jim Kantidakis Podcast , where he talks with world leaders in gastroenterology and related systems.

  • Evidence- based treatments with success rates of approx. 80% efficacy.

    At The Gut Centre we provide treatment that has been proven to improve long-term gastrointestinal symptoms. We not only use the latest and most research supported hypnotherapy techniques, based on Prof Whorewell’s protocol, but also employ the latest evidence-based psychological interventions with proven efficacy, with a success rate of approx. 80%.

  • A genuinely caring, passionate and collaborative multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

    Gut-directed Psychology and Hypnotherapy, Dietetics and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.

    We genuinely feel privileged to have such an amazing, caring and knowledgeable team of GI expert practitioners. At The Gut Centre we offer a Multi-disciplinary integrated and collaborative team approach providing GI Psychology, Gut-directed Hypnotherapy, Dietetics and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. Dr Kantidakis was involved in studies conducted at St. Vincents Hospital Functional Gut Clinic and published in The Lancet, Gastroenterology and hepatology (2020) and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2021), clearly highlight the effectiveness of incorporating a multidisciplinary team in the treatment of Functional Gut Disorders.

    We are dedicated and passionate about helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes; reduce the suffering of debilitating GI symptoms, manage and reduce stress and increase feelings of health, happiness, general wellbeing and quality of life.

  • Evidence-based and tailored treatment for each individual.

    A team you can trust who will work with you and your specific condition/s and needs, tailoring treatment to you for the best possible results. We treat adults, adolescents and children as young as 4 years old.

  • The largest team of GI Psychologists in Australia (in-fact in the world)

    With in-person clinics based in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, we provide the largest team of expert Gut Psychologists in Australia (and world-wide) with Online appointments also (via Zoom) available in all states Australia-wide.

  • Providing treatment for a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders.
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 
    • Nausea and Vomiting
    • Abdominal Pain 
    • Dysphagia & Globus
    • Bloating 
    • Excessive Belching
    • Functional Dyspepsia
    • Abdominal Migraine
    • Reflux Disorder
    • Coeliac Disease
    • Functional Heart Burn Encopresis/Faecal Incontinence
    • Pelvic Pain 
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) (Counselling)
    • Rumination disorder
  • A strong focus on paediatric care.

    We also have a strong focus on Paediatrics and treat children as young as 4 years old.

    With a specific commitment in treating children, we utilise a collaborative approach where we liaise with parents, GPs, paediatricians, gastroenterologists and school counsellors to provide your child with the highest level of multi-disciplinary and professional expertise and care.