What is muscle dysmorphia?

By Remie Jaggard Muscle dysmorphia (MD) is a subtype of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Like other forms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, the individual selectively focuses their attention on a specific flaw – one which is either minor, or imagined. Individuals with MD are typically preoccupied with thoughts surrounding their appearance, and in particular their muscularity. MD … 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

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

When the mind dislikes the body

By Deborah Etienne-Ward Two disorders which have a theme of body dissatisfaction are Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Anorexia Nervosa. Both of these disorders usually first present during adolescence and are chronic in nature. This article aims to describe these disorders and disentangle some of their similarities and differences. What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder? Body Dysmorphic … Continued

Help!! Someone I love has an eating disorder!!

  By Psychologist Sarah McMahon At BodyMatters we have a constant stream of people contacting us because someone they love has an eating disorder- and they don’t quite know what to do. Unfortunately eating disorders don’t come with a manual, and so I am attempting to cover the very basics of what you should do … Continued

Please join us in welcoming Jen to the BodyMatters Team!

  When people apply for jobs at BodyMatters, or send through their resume, we are often asked what we look for in our staff. Of course excellent counselling skills, specialised experience, and a good understanding of the health based paradigm are a vital start. However the answer of what we look for in staff is, quite simply, an “x-factor”- … Continued

Maudsley Family Based Therapy Explained – Part 3

Maudsley Family Based Therapy: What families say about it! By BodyMatters’ Clinical Psychologist Christie Lomas In Part 1 of this series, Clinical Psychologist Christie Lomas explained what Maudsley Family Based Therapy involves and why it’s considered the ‘gold-standard’ of treatment methods for adolescents and children with Anorexia Nervosa. Here in Part 2 of the series, she answers … Continued