Prior to working with BodyMatters, Christie was employed as a Clinical Psychologist in both child/adolescent and adult community mental health settings. She worked for several years in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead. At the Children’s Hospital she specialised in the treatment of eating disorders: working both individually with children/adolescents admitted as inpatients to the hospital; and with the whole family following discharge utilising the Maudsley Family Therapy approach. She treated a diverse range of other problems including self-harm, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and behavioural difficulties.
When working with eating difficulties, Christie assesses each presentation carefully to determine which treatment approach is most appropriate for the client. She specialises in evidence-based treatments such as the Maudsley Family Based Therapy Approach and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She believes strongly in the power of the family unit in helping a loved one recover from an eating disorder. Christie also brings her experience from the modelling industry and first hand exposure to the extreme pressure and body image issues this industry creates.
Christie is well qualified to treat every aspect of eating disorders. She holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical & Health), a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy. She is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.