Psychologist & Director

Sarah has worked in the field of eating disorders for approximately 15 years, supporting hundreds of people to achieve recovery.

Sarah embraces best practice therapy and works collaboratively with clients and their support systems, including families and other health professionals. Sarah appreciates the complexity of eating and body image issues and also treats the many “comorbid” challenges that typically present simultaneously, including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship breakdown and complex trauma.

In addition, Sarah provides supervision for fellow Psychologists, including Intern/ Provisional Psychologists who are working towards obtaining full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Sarah is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders. She offers rebates under medicare and health insurance.

Sarah is a regular voice in the media, including the body image expert for Womens Health and Fitness Australia magazine & MUSE magazine. She is also the resident psychologist for the popular 28 by Sam Wood online fitness program. Sarah has written several book chapters, including co-authoring the body image & eating disorder chapter in Steve Biddulph’s 2013 international best seller, “Raising Girls“.

Sarah is proud to have co founded BodyMatters with Lydia Turner in 2009. At the time, Sarah & Lydia felt there was a dire lack of genuine, quality treatment services for eating & body image issues in Australasia & abroad. They began to notice a serious emerging public health crisis, with a war against “obesity” on the one hand & “the odd anorexic” or eating disorder sufferer as the necessary casualties of this war. Sarah touts the “health at every size”  mantra as the solution to this paradox.

The mandate of BodyMatters extends beyond the treatment of people with eating issues & body shame to engaging in advocacy  & prevention initiatives. Sarah is co founder of grassroots advocacy group Collective Shout which she has chaired for six of the organisation’s first eight years. She has also been involved in other worthy organisations, including Lifeline, and is the founding member & a board member of Endangered Bodies. Sarah sits on the ANZAED Carer Consumer Committee. She holds a Masters of Public Health and has a passion for educating the community about disordered eating. Sarah has worked with schools, workplaces & charities to provide education & strategic direction to prevent the toxic cultural environments that perpetuate eating issues & body shame.

Sarah is available for appointments at BodyMatters on Wednesdays and Fridays.

You can read more about Sarah here.