Online LEAP Course

We are thrilled to offer the LEAP course online, for anyone who cannot attend our Sydney based office on 10 November 2018. Our online course will be held via Zoom over two consecutive Saturday mornings in December- 8th and 15th, from 9am to 12 noon.

What is the LEAP course?

The Loughborough Eating disorders Activity theraPy (LEAP) is a group treatment program for exercise program developed to help with eating disorders who engage in compulsive exercise. It is research based and was developed by Loughborough University in the UK in 2010. It is the only treatment internationally that is designed specifically to tackle compulsive exercise among eating disorder sufferers.

Why is attending the LEAP important?

High activity levels are recognized as a key maintaining element of  eating disorders. Research has demonstrated that compulsive exercisers typically experience poorer clinical outcomes than their counterparts. LEAP is non threatening as it is focused on psychoeducation, providing insight and understanding into the role that exercise plays in maintaining eating disorders. At BodyMatters we have now run this program for a number of years, with participants continually providing feedback that the course was extremely helpful.

What topics will be covered?

  • Your exercise profile
  • Myths and facts about exercise
  • Unhealthy vs. healthy exercise – what’s the difference?
  • Compulsive exercise and activity anorexia
  • Psychological dependence on exercise
  • Behavioural rigidity with exercise routines
  • Initiating and maintaining factors for compulsive exercise

Who’s running the group?

Emma Sheens


Emma is a therapist at BodyMatters. In addition to her psychology qualifications, she holds an Exercise and Sport Science degree and has previously worked as a certified personal trainer. Emma appreciates the role exercise can play in the lives of those experiencing eating and body image concerns and wants to be able to support individuals as they strive towards finding a healthy & sustainable balance between food, exercise and the self.




Tim is a provisional psychologist with BodyMatters and has also completed a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. He currently works as a personal trainer and has over 8 years experience in the industry. Tim strongly believes that exercise should be a source of enjoyment and a means of relieving the stresses of daily life. He feels passionately about the importance of developing a healthy relationship with exercise, especially amongst those experiencing an eating disorder.

How do I register?

Please register for this via our events page., or email us for more information or any questions you may have.


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