About Us

The Gut Centre is the first and leading clinic in Australia providing expert treatment in gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease, (IBD), pelvic pain, coeliac disease, encopresis, GORD and any other gut related issue. The Gut Centre was established in 2005, and we have many years of experience and expertise in successfully helping patients gain significant improvements to their gut symptoms. Founded by Dr Jim Kantidakis, with more than 10years experience in treating GI issues, Clinical Psychologist & Gut-directed Clinical Hypnotherapist. Dr Kantidakis was also 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. He has since been invited to present at several gastrointestinal conferences and events around the world.

Dr Kantidakis’s passion and keen interest in the area of gastroenterology inspired him to develop and train his own team of expert Gut-directed Psychologists / Hypnotherapist’s, under ‘The Gut Centre’. 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 70-80%. We provide treatments for adults, adolescents and children as young as 4yrs old.

Meet Our Team

Dr Jim Kantidakis

Dr Jim Kantidakis

Founder
Clinical Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Dr Jim Kantidakis is an Expert Gut-directed Psychologist & Clinical Hypnotherapist, and one of the first experts in Australia to use  Psychological /Hypnotherapy treatment of individuals diagnosed with gastrointestinal problems. Jim has extensive expertise in the area, with over 10 years of experience. He is also the only known Psychologist to provide Psychological and Hypnotherapy treatment to children in paediatric gastroenterology in Australia.

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Christopher Ziegenbein

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Chris is a fully registered psychologist with experience working with children, adolescents and adults. He obtained his Bachelor of Psychology (Organisational and Interpersonal Skills) at Victoria University with further Post Graduate Diploma at Federation University   Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute.

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Veronica Engel

Veronica Engel

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Veronica has developed a specific passion for the treatment of brain-gut disorders, providing psychological services and hypnotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Veronica has a keen interest in all digestive conditions, focussing mainly on IBS and other functional gut disorders. Veronica has been trained in GI Psychology by Dr Jim Kantidakis, the founder and director of The Gut Centre and the first registered Psychologist & Hypnotherapist to specialise in GI in Australia.

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Dr Melieta Bianchi

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Melieta Bianchi is a Clinical Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Melieta has worked in public and private sectors, attending to both inpatients and outpatients. One of her main areas of interest is health psychology. Melieta predominantly uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as her therapeutic approaches.

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William Fu

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

William Fu is a registered psychologist with a special interest in gut related disorders, chronic pain, and other disorders relating to the brain and its role in our physical wellbeing.

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Yael Rothfield

Yael Rothfield

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Yael Rothfield is a registered psychologist with special interests in brain-gut function, psychogastroenterology, chronic pain, and the broader interactions between the brain and physical health. Yael completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne, where she undertook her research thesis on the association of coping strategies to anxiety and depression in chronic illness. She has experience across a range of inpatient and outpatient settings, including The Austin Hospital, The Alfred Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital, and Epworth Rehabilitation.

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Barbara Eppingstall

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Barbara is a registered psychologist and certified hypnotherapist. She obtained her qualifications: Assoc. Dip. Welfare Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Major), Grad. Dip in Educational Psychology and Masters of Psychology (Counselling) from Monash University. She then continued working for 14 years with the university conducting research and teaching in aged mental health. During this period Barbara commenced working in private practice providing psychological focused therapy to adults with a variety of psychological and behavioural concerns.

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Camille Baker

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Camille Baker is a registered Psychologist (RMIT, post grad in Child Psych), Gestalt Therapist (Gestalt Therapy Australia) and Hypnotherapist (College of Medical Hypnosis) with over 15 years of experience. Clinically, Camille has worked in a number of settings with both Adolescent and Adults including Private Practice, Domestic Violence, Parenting Teens, Secondary Schools, EAP (Corporate sector), Drug and Alcohol and Sexual Abuse. In addition to this, Camille’s special interest areas include working with Adolescents (with published articles in this area) and working with people with Chronic Health Conditions with a strong interest in Gastrointestinal diseases.

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Ayushi Gupta

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Ayushi is a registered Psychologist and Clinical Registrar. She has completed a Graduate Diploma and Honours in Psychology at Monash University followed by a Master of Clinical Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute of Psychology. Ayushi has worked in a range of settings with children, adolescents and adults in private practice, public hospitals, not-for-profit organisations, research institutions and education. She has worked with a variety of presenting concerns, including chronic pain, mood and anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, adjustment issues, self-esteem and domestic violence.

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Heidi Glynn

Psychologist / Gut-directed Hypnotherapist

Heidi is a fully registered psychologist with experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She graduated from Monash University in 2001 having completed a Masters in Psychology. Heidi has a long-standing interest in Gut Health and the implications of Gut health on our wider daily functioning. Heidi has developed a specific passion for the treatment of brain-gut disorders, providing psychological services and hypnotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Heidi has a keen interest in all digestive conditions, focussing on IBS and other functional gut disorders and IBD.

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Kate Carter

Practice Manager / Organisational Psychologist

Code of Conduct

It is important to know the therapist you are going to see is trustworthy and ethical. Before people can work as psychologists they must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Your psychologist is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), which is the largest professional association of psychologists in Australia, with a comprehensive Code of Ethics and complementary series of Ethical Guidelines.

As a client of an APS psychologist, you have a right to expect that:

  • You will be treated with respect
  • You will receive a clear explanation of the service you will receive
  • Your consent for any service will be sought by the psychologist prior to the service commencing and as it progresses
  • You will receive an explanation about the nature and limits of confidentiality surrounding the service
  • You will be clear about the goals that you and the psychologist are working toward
  • You will receive competent and professional service
  • You will receive a clear statement about fees
  • An estimate of the number of sessions required to achieve your goals will be discussed
  • You will receive a service free from sexual harassment
  • You will be shown respect for your cultural background and language tradition