Carmel is a Clinical Psychologist and researcher with special interest in eating, weight and body image concerns. Carmel completed her qualifications at the Australian National University and holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a PhD (Clinical).
Her therapeutic approach is warm, supportive and client focused, encouraging the identification of her client’s goals, values and strengths in order to shape therapy. The evidence based approaches she commonly uses are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Schema Therapy, integrating Compassion Focused Strategies and Mindfulness. She has trained in Motivational Interviewing and Family Based Therapy (Maudsley Model) and works with clients experiencing eating, weight and body image concerns of all ages. Additionally, she has a passion for understanding the neurobiological basis of eating, weight and body image concerns and often includes brain based discussions in her therapy. She believes that this can create a common language and understanding for support people, along with reducing stigma, self-blame and shame, enabling clients to more effectively move toward recovery.
She has worked in the private practice setting since commencing her registrar program in 2014 alongside GPs and psychologists, and in 2017 commenced a role in mental health policy at the National Mental Health Commission.
The research component of her Clinical PhD focused on binge eating, in particular the role of overvaluing shape and/or weight towards one’s self-worth, and has published a range of articles with an eating, weight and body image focus. She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders and has won academic awards including the May Jen Prize in Scientific Writing (2009) and The Best Research Article in the Journal of Eating Disorders (2015).
Carmel offers rebates under Medicare and can provide therapy through Zoom for regional clients.
Additionally, she works with clients who seek therapy from a Christian worldview.
She is available to see clients at BodyMatters Mondays and Wednesdays and Thursdays.
You can read more about Carmel here.