Managing automatic and unhelpful thoughts

By Deborah Etienne-Ward It is common to assume that our feelings are automatic and that they occur as a direct result of situations and other people. Often we are unaware that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are all linked. Each time an event or situation occurs, our brain processes and evaluates the information. When the … Continued

Tips for Providing Meal Support

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Meal times are often challenging for both the person with an eating disorder and their family or friends who are trying to provide support. People with eating disorders can have a range of unusual eating behaviours including: Not eating or eating a very small amount Not eating certain foods Cutting food into … Continued

Courage and Strength on your Journey

By Maria Ganci My name is Maria Ganci and I am a registered Clinical Social Worker and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience of working with families. Twelve years ago I developed an interest in working with adolescents suffering from Anorexia Nervosa and decided to specialise in the area. I was fortunate … Continued

I must…I have to…I should exercise!

By Emma Sheens Source: Pexels  If someone was to ask you “Hey, why do you exercise?” what might your answer be? Would your response contain phrases like “I must”, “I have to” or “I should”? Do you exercise out of obligation? Do you exercise in order to compensate for eating certain foods? Do you have … Continued

What is a Mental Health Treatment Plan and how do I get one?

By Remie Jaggard The Australian government introduced Medicare’s Better Access Initiative with the purpose of improving the treatment and management of mental illness within the Australian community. The initiative aims to increase community access to mental health professionals and team-based mental health care, with GPs encouraged to work more closely and collaboratively with psychiatrists, clinical … Continued

Yoga for Recovery Course!

We’re excited to share with you that BodyMatters’ partner Love Body Yoga is offering a… 6-week Yoga for Recovery Course beginning in May 2016!   How can the practice of yoga be helpful for eating disorder recovery? Eating and body issues often work to create disconnection from our body, while yoga helps to encourage body awareness and … Continued

Do you want to learn how to be mindful?

We’re excited to share with you that BodyMatters’ partner Love Body Yoga is offering a 6-week mindfulness course beginning March 2016! What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment with intention, while letting go of judgment. What are the benefits of mindfulness? The benefits of mindfulness are well researched and include: Recognise, … Continued

Four tools to build shame resilience

Reposted with permission. Adapted from Original article by Andrea Szasz of Brave Therapy. Andrea also runs workshops for practitioners in The Daring Way. Shame is a concept that underpins so much of the therapeutic work that we complete with our clients at BodyMatters. In particular, shame around eating behaviour and body shame. For those clients who have … Continued

Quick tips for parents of “fussy eaters”

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Children experience distress over eating for numerous reasons. Some of these include: a lack of interest in eating or food; avoidance of eating due to the sensory qualities of food such as the texture, taste, or colour; or concerns about the potentially negative consequences of eating such as choking or vomiting. Below … Continued

Four quick tips to reduce binge eating

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Much of the time binge eating episodes occur following the experience of distress and negative emotions. Binge eating serves as an unhelpful way to manage the feelings that we experience. For a short time after binging some people will feel better. However, in the long term binge eating leads to more negative … Continued