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BodyMatters Newest Team Members

 

Given the high demand of eating disorder treatment, we are so excited to be expanding our growing team to meet the needs of the community! You can contact us at info@bodymatters.com.au or 9908 3833 to book an appointment or ask us any questions you may have! Below are some of BodyMatters new team members:


Faimun Khan – Psychologist

Faimun has always had a keen interest in eating behaviours and its relationship between mind, body and mental wellbeing. Faimun always strives to provide personalised and high quality support and guidance to help you overcome your challenges.

Faimun has experience working in private practice as well as in school settings. She enjoys working with people from different age groups and from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has a range of experience working with young people and their families from conducting psychometric assessments to providing counselling for anxiety, depression, trauma, peer relationship difficulties, behavioural difficulties and issues with body image.

 

Jaime McLellan – Clinical Psychologist Registrar (Available via Telehealth)

Jaime has always had an interest in people, behaviour and well-being. Her interest in eating disorders started whilst working in private practice as a psychologist in a regional area. It became evident the lack of specialised services to treat eating disorders and the subsequent comorbid presentations such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues and trauma. It was then that Jaime became passionate about reducing the stigma associated with eating disorders through therapy, education and support.

Jaime prides herself in researching and staying on top of current effective evidence-based practice and likes to take a holistic approach to working with your mental and physical wellbeing and health. Jaime enjoys working collaboratively with yourself to set goals and formulate individualised plans for treatment.

 

Elle Snow – Dietitian (Available via telehealth during the week and in our office on fortnightly Saturdays)

Elle is a caring and compassionate Accredited Practising Dietitian. She is passionate about providing nutritional therapy to nourish the body and rebuild a healthy relationship with food while nurturing a positive body image. Her nutritional guidance is grounded in Health at Every Size and intuitive eating philosophies.

Elle has over 15 years of experience in the specialist area of eating disorders and other eating difficulties. Elle began her career working with the Peter Beumont Eating Disorders Service at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She enjoys working with young people and their families having also worked at The Children’s Hospital.

Elle’s interest in eating disorders began in her early adolescence through the loss of a gymnastics team member to an eating disorder. This sport provided a lived experience of the pressure of body size expectations. Elle has a client centred approach to help improve wellbeing and develop a positive relationship with food.

 

Perri Carlson-Hawke – Clinical Psychologist (Available via telehealth)

Perri is a clinical psychologist with a special interest in body image, eating and anxiety disorders. Originally from Queensland, Perri moved to Orange in 2012 where she completed her Honours in Psychology at Charles Sturt University. She went on to study Coaching Psychology at the University of Sydney before obtaining her Master of Clinical Psychology in 2016. In her practice, Perri uses an eclectic approach informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and neuroscience. She is also trained in enhanced CBT, Prolonged Exposure Therapy and EMDR.

Perri works with adults in the assessment and treatment of conditions such as anorexia and atypical anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. She has also worked extensively with clients living with generalised and social anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and PTSD. Perri enjoys working with both individuals and groups and has facilitated therapeutic interventions for people with mood and anxiety disorders.

 

Karen Sutherland – Psychologist 

Karen seeks to develop a warm and open relationship with her clients. She is empathetic and dedicated to supporting her clients on the journey of growth and healing toward recovery. In addition to her psychology qualifications, Karen is a registered nurse with extensive experience working in the acute hospital setting. During her years working as a nurse, Karen has developed a high awareness of the importance of compassion and understanding when people are feeling vulnerable and in need of support and this is central to her psychology practice.

This background has also created a passionate interest in the holistic relationship of psychological and physical well being. Her particular interest is in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns and Karen values a collaborative approach in helping clients to achieve their goals. In addition to her interest in working with clients issues around eating and body image, she has experience and a strong interest in providing treatment to clients with a wide range of difficulties including; depression, anxiety, workplace stress, personality disorders, self esteem and relationship issues.

 

Mihalea Homjak – Psychotherapist 

Mihaela is a Counsellor and a member of Australian Counselling Association, who also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also a Systemic Family Constellations Facilitator and a Reiki Master Teacher, and has training in Yalom Process Group Psychotherapy, Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

Mihaela has lived experience of an eating disorder, having been recovered for many years, which is the foundation of her therapeutic approach. Her therapeutic style is warm, holistic, integrative, collaborative, and based on unconditional acceptance of all our parts, which aligns with the Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach. Aligned with Carolyn Costin’s holistic approach, she believes in not exiling the eating disorder part, but rather helping it transform and integrate with the healthy part so the purpose it serves can be fulfilled in ways aligned with one’s integrity and values. 

 

Juliette Thomson – Psychologist 

Juliette is a warm and non-judgemental Psychologist who has extensive experience working in the field of eating disorders. She is also a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED). 

Over the past 11 years Juliette’s broad experience working with young people and adults includes working in out of home care; delivering neuro-psychology assessments in a hospital emergency department; eating disorder intensive outpatient care; school psychologist; private practice, and most recently as the National Manager of Butterfly’s National Helpline. Juliette is passionate about helping individuals recover from eating disorders and body image issues and is a strong advocate for the fact that individuals and eating disorders and body image issues come in all shapes, sizes, ages, genders, sexualities, abilities and cultural backgrounds. She believes the individual and the therapeutic relationship must sit at the centre of care so that evidence based treatment is individually tailored for every person seeking recovery.

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