Welcome to the Gut Centre

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About Us

The Gut Centre

Congratulations on taking the first step towards improving your gut health and overall quality of life. At the Gut Centre, we are psychologists and hypnotherapists who are the first and leading experts to provide mind and gut psychological treatment in Australia. We look forward to the opportunity of helping you reduce your gut symptoms and increasing your feeling of health and wellbeing.

We provide the latest researched evidence-based treatment for IBS and a wide range of other gastrointestinal disorders. We treat adults, adolescents and children as young as young as 4 years old. We are currently able to offer online appointments to all patients AUSTRALIA WIDE (via Zoom) with medicare and private health rebates available.

With a specific commitment in treating children, we utilise a collaborative approach where we liaise with parents, GP’s, paediatricians, gastroenterologists and school counsellors to provide your child with the highest level of multi-disciplinary and professional expertise. We have a dedicated child psychologist on our team, along with other psychologists who consult to both adults and children. There is nothing worse that seeing our kids experience the stress, discomfort and often school absenteeism that gut symptoms can cause, so we are completely committed to assisting your little one to improve their gut health conditions and ultimately, get the spring back into their step!

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Why Book with Psychologists at The Gut Centre

1. Our clinic has the most experience in treating Brain-Gut Disorders in Australia and we are proud to be the pioneers and leaders in our field.

We are the pioneers in brain-gut psychology (Psychogastroenterology) and have been successfully treating gastrointestinal disorders atThe Gut Centre for over 11 years since 2009. Our Director and Founder, Dr Jim Kantidakis has himself been treating gastrointestinal (GI) patients himself for over 14 years. Dr Kantidakis is well renowned and respected in the field, having the most clinical consulting experience in Australia, in both GI psychology and gut-directed hypnotherapy. Dr Kantidakis has presented at multiple gastroenterology conferences around the world and has worked with leading gastroenterologists, including Prof Michael Kamm at St Vincent’s hospital at Central Melbourne Gastroenterology. Dr Kantidakis also worked for many years alongside Prof Don Cameron in Pediatrics, whilst maintaining close relationships with other leading gastroenterologists around Australia, the UK and USA.

2. We are the largest team of gastrointestinal (GI) psychologists with locations in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Our current team consists of 11 GI psychologists. Online (via Zoom) and Face to Face appointments are available with strict Covid safety precautions in place.

3. We are currently located in:

  • Kew East (Mebourne)
  • Chatswood (Sydney)
  • Springhill (Brisbane)
  • 3. We treat a wide breadth of GI conditions, including IBS, IBD and Coeliac Disease.

    We treat a large range of disorders of the GI tract thanks to the extensive training our psychologists receive in a wide breadth of GI conditions provided by Dr Jim Kantidakis. These include but are not limited to:

  • 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
  • 4. All our Psychologists are professional trained and certified hypnotherapists and are provided GI Psychology training by Dr Kantidakis.

    Our dedicated team of gut-directed psychologists are the only psychologists in Melbourne to receive expert gut-directed psychological training from a psychologist with clinical, post-graduate, psychology qualifications (Dr Kantidakis). Our psychologist's are required to undertake a certified Hypnotherapy training course from a registered training organisation in order to be proficient and provide the highest quality of gut-directed hypnotherapy.

    5. We achieve great outcomes for our patients

    Results speak for themselves. Research supports 70- 80% of patients obtain successful treatment outcomes (closer to 80% at The Gut Centre) reduced symptom severity and an increase in overall quality of life.

    5. We have a strong focus on paediatric care.

    We also have a strong focus on Paediatrics and treat children as young as 5 years old.

    5. We provide a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach to patient care.

    We work alongside experienced and highly skilled Gastroenterologists, Paediatricians Dieticians, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists and other specialists in their fields in Australia.

    5. Professionalism and genuine care.

    Dedicated to providing our patients with the utmost care in order to provide the best possible treatment outcomes. We are extremely dedicated to helping our patients feel better and reduce the suffering of debilitating GI symptoms. Psychology services you can trust, you can rely on us to work with you and your specific condition and needs, tailoring treatment to you for the best results.