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.
Dr Mimosa Forsyth, PhD(Clin.Psych)
PhD thesis title: Exploring Cognitive Biases in Processing Body Information in Individuals at Risk of Eating Disorders.
Mimosa Forsyth completed her training as a psychologist at The Australian National University (ANU) as part of a PhD (Clinical Psychology) degree. This included training in cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and motivational interviewing (MI). Mimosa has received training in the provision of therapy to a wide range of populations, including adolescents and adults, with a focus on mood and anxiety disorders. Mimosa’s Doctoral thesis was on cognitive processes in individual’s with eating disorder symptoms.
Alexandra Cobb completed her clinical training at the Australian National University (ANU) as a part of the PhD (Clinical Psychology) program. She is currently working part-time at PsychSessions and part-time finishing her research at ANU, exploring cognitive processes for individuals with eating disorders.
Alex has been trained in cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, motivational interviewing (MI) and family-based therapies for the treatment of child, adolescent, and adult populations. Alex has particular expertise working with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, body image issues, low self-esteem and eating disorders.