Psychologist & Co-founder
Lydia Turner is the Co-founder and psychologist at BodyMatters Australasia, specialising in eating disorders and unhealthy weight loss practices. Lydia regularly presents at conferences across Australia, New Zealand, and the US, and is the immediate past Vice President International for the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH).
As a psychologist, Lydia draws from a wide range of therapeutic approaches including Psychodynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy, The Trauma Model, Narrative Therapy, Maudsley Family Therapy & Mindfulness, and carefully tailors each treatment plan according to her client’s needs. Her clients range from age 14-75. In addition to eating disorders, Lydia has a passion for assisting those affected by bariatric surgery, ‘obesity’, sexual assault, trauma, and gender-related difficulties. She has also facilitated support groups for those with eating disorders, and provided treatment in both private and public hospitals including the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Sexual Assault Unit.
As a freelance writer, Lydia has published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The National Times, The Drum, and Online Opinion. In 2013, Lydia published the chapter on body image in the book ‘Raising Girls’ by Psychologist Steve Biddulph, which shot to #3 in both the UK and Australia. Lydia has been invited to publish in numerous books with her latest chapter on pregnancy and eating disorders published in Lorna Davies & Ruth Deery’s collected edition ‘Nutrition in Pregnancy and Childbirth: Food for Thought.’
Lydia’s professional opinion is regularly sought by media and she has featured on Sunrise, The Morning Show, National Nine News, Seven News Melbourne, Today Tonight, The Sun Herald, The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, ABC News Radio, 2UE, Triple J Hack, SBS Radio, Girlfriend Magazine, Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine.
In 2012, Lydia led national campaigns against weight loss giant Jenny Craig and other corporate heavyweights, holding them accountable for what she believed to be ethically compromised and misinformed practices. These led to international and national discussions on the harms of weight cycling and widespread education of effective approaches to health especially for school aged children.
Lydia has been a speaker consistently in high demand, known for her gutsy approach while prioritising a ‘first, do no harm’ principle to effecting change. Lydia has presented at a range of conferences including the Federal Women’s Conference, Right 2 Childhood, and the Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. Lydia is a regular speaker at prestigious schools including Pymble Ladies College & MLC Burwood. Lydia has further provided expert testimony at a Parliamentary Inquiry in Canberra & at Parliament House in Brisbane, both related to the status of women.
Lydia is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society & Full Member of the Australian New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.