Psychologist

Rebecca Guzelian

Rebecca (Bec) is a registered Psychologist at BodyMatters. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours).

With a naturally empathetic and caring nature Bec enjoys working with a range of eating disorder presentations, and with clients from varied backgrounds and age groups. She takes a flexible approach to treatment, working collaboratively with her clients to individually tailor sessions to their needs. Bec believes that the therapeutic relationship is key to success in treatment. Her therapy style is relaxed and person centred with a focus on being relational and genuine with her clients. She incorporates evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and motivational work. Bec understands that seeking treatment for an eating disorder can be incredibly difficult, and that ambivalence is often a barrier to accessing, or progressing in treatment. She believes in providing a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their own motivations to recover and to assist them in moving closer to a valued and meaningful life. Bec supports the Health at Every Size (HAES) approach, and works from a non-dieting framework.

In addition to working individually with clients, Bec is trained in Maudsley Family Based Therapy and offers support to families with a child or adolescent experiencing an eating disorder. Maudsley Family Therapy is the treatment of choice for young people who are restricting food and/or losing weight. It harnesses parents as a vital resource in supporting their child’s recovery. Siblings are also included in treatment.

Bec also has the capacity to offer regional clients treatment at BodyMatters via E-Therapy (online treatment). E-Therapy allows her to work with clients who do not have any local specialised services by removing the hours of travel previously required to seek support. E-Therapy works in much the same way as face-to-face therapy, however it is done through the computer and all resources can be sent via email. Having grown up in central west NSW herself, Bec is committed to breaking down the barriers to accessing specialised treatment for those living in regional and rural areas of Australia.

 

A bit more about Bec…

Bec is motivated to make a difference both at an individual level and at a societal level – where she finds the modern day emphasis on the importance of apperance too often outweighs the importance of being healthy. She is passionate about changing the conversation when it comes to eating and body image issues in our society and a she is fierce advocate for women both professionally and personally. Bec has spent the last five years working across a range of specialised eating disorder treatment settings including private practice, outpatient programs and inpatient programs.

Bec’s experience includes two and a half years working as a therapist in The Butterfly Foundation’s Treatment Programs for eating disorders. During this time, Bec worked across both the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and the Youth Program and she was comprehensively trained in meal therapy, providing meal support to clients and their families both onsite and offsite. Bec facilitated group therapy sessions for both clients and their families, and was a key contributor to the IOP program’s content and development. During her time with Butterfly, Bec was fortunate to receive both in-person and videoconference supervision and training from Carolyn Costin herself, founder of the well-known Monte Nido Eating Disorder Treatment Centres in the USA. Whilst she is no longer with Butterfly, Bec continues to provide training and oversight to the current Butterfly Treatment Programs clinical team.

When she is not seeing clients privately at BodyMatters, Bec works as a psychologist at Northside Group’s St Leonards Clinic, in the eating disorders inpatient unit. The eating disorder inpatient unit is a 24-bed unit run by an experienced team of multidisciplinary staff including specialist nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and dietitians. Here, Bec facilitates the group therapy program for inpatients, in addition to providing one-on-one psychological support as needed to patients to assist them throughout their inpatient stay.

 

Bec is available for appointments at BodyMatters on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

You can read more about Bec here.