Intern Psychologist & Practice Manager

Rebecca is an Intern Psychologist at BodyMatters. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours). Rebecca offers low cost counselling and discrete services. She also facilitates our recovery support groups and parent and partners support groups.

Rebecca has a genuine interest in eating disorders and she is motivated to help make a difference both at an individual level and at a societal level – where she finds the modern day emphasis on the importance of body image too often outweighs the importance of being healthy. Rebecca is passionate about changing the conversation when it comes to eating and body image issues in our society.

With a naturally empathetic and caring nature Rebecca enjoys working with a range of eating disorder presentations, and with clients from varied backgrounds and age groups. She takes a flexible approach to treatment, working collaboratively with her clients to individually tailor sessions to their needs. Rebecca believes that the therapeutic relationship is key to success in treatment. Her therapy style is relaxed and person centered with a focus on being relational and genuine with her clients. She incorporates evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and motivational work. Rebecca understands that seeking treatment for an eating disorder can be incredibly difficult, and that ambivalence is often a barrier to accessing, or progressing in treatment. She believes in providing a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their own motivations to recover and to assist them in moving closer to a valued and meaningful life.

Additionally, Rebecca is trained in Maudsley Family Based Therapy and offers support to families with a child or adolescent experiencing an eating disorder. Maudsley Family Therapy is the treatment of choice for young people who are restricting food and/or losing weight. It harnesses parents as a vital resource in supporting their child’s recovery. Siblings are also included in treatment.

Rebecca also sees regional clients at BodyMatters through Skype. Skype allows her to work with clients who do not have any local specialised services by removing the hours of travel previously required to seek support. Skype works in much the same way as face-to-face therapy does, however it is done through the computer and all resources can be sent via email. Having grown up in central west NSW herself, Rebecca is committed to breaking down the barriers to accessing specialised treatment for those living in regional and rural areas of Australia.

When she is not at BodyMatters you can find Rebecca at The Butterfly Foundation, working as a Therapist in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The Butterfly IOP is a specialised program providing support for clients struggling with an eating disorder, through direct experiences that challenge their eating disorder thinking and behaviour, while offering therapy and support to successfully navigate the obstacles that interfere with their recovery. In this role, Rebecca facilitates group therapy sessions, which include carers, parents and family members in this approach; and provides direct meal support to clients in the program.

Rebecca is due to attain full registration as a Psychologist at the conclusion of 2016. She is available for appointments at BodyMatters on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

You can read more about Rebecca here.