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Provisional Psychologist (Telehealth)

Meg is currently a provisional psychologist who prides herself on being warm, open, trauma-informed and non-judgemental. She believes in building relationships first and working collaboratively with clients and their families within a biopsychosocial framework rather than a medical model. This person-centred model emphasises the importance of understanding health and illness in their fullest context, recognising how interwoven our biology, psychology, and social factors can be. 

Prior to studying psychology, Meg was a Primary School Teacher for 15 years. She enjoyed working with children, adolescents, and their parents/carers and saw first-hand how mindfulness practice, goal setting and being a non-judgemental listener were key components of maintaining positive emotional and social wellbeing in her classes.   

Meg has a special interest in mindfulness-based practices, perinatal psychology, sport psychology, the ARFID/Autism crossover, adolescent mental health, Health at Every Size (HAES) and working with clients of all ages with eating disorders, disordered eating and body distress. 
More specifically, Meg grew up training and competing in a sport that relies mostly on others’ observations of performance and their opinions, feelings, and general impressions. In addition to the pressure of competing in a highly critical and perfection-oriented sport, presentation and bodily aesthetics, e.g., weight and shape, are often a focus in training and competition. This can result in negative body image, perfectionism, and is known to contribute to the development of eating disorders. As such, Meg enjoys combining her knowledge of sport psychology and subjective sports such as gymnastics, diving and equestrian sports, to work with clients on healing from negative experiences and enjoying their sport again.

The overlap between the perinatal period and eating disorders/disordered eating and negative body image is becoming more prevalent. This is due in part to marketing and influencers encouraging women to ‘bounce back’ to their pre-baby body as fast as possible and the pressure of others’ expectations. Working with clients to improve self-esteem and develop body acceptance is an important area of focus for Meg.

Meg has experience working from a CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centred framework. She has specific training in teaching Yoga for Eating Disorders, Body Positive counselling, Trauma Focussed Therapy for PTSD and Complex PTSD, and is currently undertaking training in CBT-e and Maudsley Family Based Therapy. Additionally, Meg is fascinated by learning about the autonomic nervous system and how we can learn to manipulate our own nervous systems for psychological benefit.

Meg holds a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Primary) double degree, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Honours), and has completed her Masters in Professional Psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), HAES Australia, and has national registration with AHPRA.

You can read more about Meg here.