Psychologist & Director

Sarah McMahon is the very proud Director of BodyMatters, which she cofounded with Lydia Turner in 2009. She has worked in the field of eating disorders for over a decade and has successfully treated over 200 individuals who have made a complete recovery from this insidious problem. Sarah specializes in delivering individual treatment. She 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. Her approach is eclectic and fully customised based on the presenting issues of the client. Sarah is also experienced in providing treatment for the many “comorbid” issues that typically present with an eating disorder, including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder. In addition, Sarah has completed specialist complex trauma training for victims of sexual assault, in response to the increasing number of people presenting for treatment following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Typically her clients are aged from 13 to 30 and she is a keen advocate for involving families in treatment, believing that they are a tremendous resource for recovery.

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). More specifically, Sarah has supervised approximately 15 Intern Psychologists for their 5th & 6th year of study who have obtained full registration as a Psychologist (under both the old state based system & now under the national PsyBoard).

Sarah & Lydia established BodyMatters as they 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. In particular, Sarah has had the wonderful opportunity to be a cofounder, current board member & the inaugural, immediate past chairperson of grassroots advocacy group Collective Shout. She has also been involved in other worthy organisations, including Lifeline, and is the founding member & board member of Endangered Bodies . Sarah 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 has also contributed to public discourse on these issues. She is a familar voice in the media, including a regular contributor to Womens Health and Fitness Australia magazine & MUSE magazine. She has featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, Body+Soul, Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Madison, 2UE, Triple J, Seven’s The Daily Edition & The Morning Show, Studio 10 and National 9 News. Sarah has also written several book chapters, including co-authoring the body image & eating disorder chapter in Steve Biddulph’s 2013 international best seller, “Raising Girls“.

You can read more about Sarah here.