I'm a registered psychologist based in the Brisbane area.
Although I am experienced in working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicidality, and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), for the past 10 years I have primarily worked with complex PTSD and eating disorders. I have worked with eating disorders in both individual and group therapy contexts, in both private and hospital settings, and in inpatient and outpatient settings.
My new website can be found at ExhalePsychology.com.au
Although recovery from an eating disorder involves addressing and confronting your relationship with both food and your body, I believe that in order to achieve full recovery you also need to address your underlying issues. I believe that eating disorders are not about food, weight, and shape, but that deep down they are really about pain and discomfort. In this way the food and body image difficulties act like a mirror, reflecting a deeper, more complicated pain.
Some examples of common underlying issues that need to be worked through in order to achieve full recovery include:
Through addressing these underlying issues, you can work towards not only a positive relationship with food and your body, but a meaningful life that includes, joy, pleasure, flexibility, freedom, and spontaneity.
I draw primarily from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) but also draw from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, CBT-E (Enhanced CBT for eating disorders), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness.
General appointments $190
Appointments under the Eating Disorder Plan $190
Appointments under NDIS (no gap fee) $214.41
No referral is needed for appointments, however getting a referral from a psychiatrist or a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from a GP gives access to rebates of $88.25 for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. For those with more than one health specialist (health specialists include psychologists, psychiatrists, dieticians etc.), a Team Care Arrangement (TCA) can be written by their GP giving additional rebates of $55.20 for 5 sessions per calendar year. Having private health insurance can result in further rebates, depending on the level of coverage.
Individuals with an eating disorder may be eligible for an Eating Disorder Plan (EDP) which provides up to 40 rebates of $87.45. If you believe you may be eligible, discuss going on an EDP with your general practitioner or psychiatrist.