A wide range of symptoms can indicate one of a number of different eating disorders. Symptoms can include: chronically eating too much or eating too little; binge eating and/or severely restricting food intake; intentional vomiting and/or over-exercising to compensate for eating; distortions in the way that you think you look compared to the way you actually look; spending most of your time thinking about food, diet, weight and shape; being overweight or underweight, or even of normal weight for your height but with many of the other symptoms listed above.
At PsychSessions we take a multi-disciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. You will receive a thorough assessment by one of our psychologists, who has special training and experience in eating disorders. The assessment will include your current diet, eating habits, exercise, body image, mental health, and other lifestyle factors. The psychologist will then liaise with your GP and dietician to foster a collaborative approach with regard to your diagnosis and treatment, if necessary. All treatment programs are individually tailored according to your specific condition and symptoms.
All psychologists at PsychSessions have some training and experience in eating disorders. However, the following psychologists have a special interest in eating disorders and have worked or been trained in a specialist eating disorders unit, and where indicated have or are conducting research at a university into eating disorders.
Dr Alice Heikkonen, PhD(Clin.Psych)
(Currently on extended leave)
PhD thesis title: Intolerance of uncertainty as a maintenance factor in eating disorder symptomatology.
Alice started as an intern at the ACT Health Eating Disorders Program and continued as a psychologist once she had completed her training. She is experienced in assessment and treatment of clients with bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and body image concerns, using both individual and family-based therapy.
Jaci Swinton, MClinPsych
Jaci Swinton completed her qualifications at the Australian National University. She has training in a number of evidence based therapies including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, and motivational interviewing (MI). Jaci has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings with clients across the lifespan, however, she primarily works with children and adults. She has experience working with a variety of social, emotional, personal, cognitive, and behavioural issues including low mood, anxiety, health-related issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and difficulties with emotion regulation.
Patricia Ksiezak, M.Sc(Clinical Health Psychology)
Patricia Ksiezak is a registered psychologist and holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Health Psychology. She is experienced in working with adults, adolescents, couples, same-sex couples, eating disorders and body image issues, cross-cultural differences, depression, anxiety disorders, and low self-esteem. She is also experienced in assertiveness training.
Patricia uses various treatment techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), schema therapy, emotionally focused therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and often tailors these techniques for the individual needs of her clients.
If required, Patricia is also able to conduct therapy in Polish.