Eating Disorder Psychologist Sydney
Support for anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders with our team of compassionate and empathetic psychologists in Sydney.
Eating disorder counselling services
What is an eating disorder?
An eating disorder is a complex, serious, and sometimes life-threatening mental health condition that can affect an individual’s eating habits, thoughts, and emotions related to food and their own body image. An eating disorder is a mental illness that requires compassion, empathy, and guidance.
There are several types of eating disorders that can create disturbances in people’s attitudes to food, eating habits, and physical health. The most common disorders are:
Anorexia nervosa is a psychological illness that is characterised by extreme weight loss, body image distortion, and an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Anorexia often manifests through severe levels of food deprivation, restricted eating, and increased levels of exercise.
Bulimia nervosa is a psychiatric illness that includes cycles of intense binge eating, followed by purging behaviours such as self-induced vomiting, fasting, excessive exercise, or the misuse of laxatives.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder (BED) is a mental illness that involves frequent episodes of excessive food consumption, often within a very short space of time. While these binge eating episodes may also be more spread out, they will usually feel uncontrollable and chaotic in nature.
No matter your age, gender, or cultural background, anyone can develop an eating disorder. It is estimated that 9% of the global population, and somewhere between 4% to 16% of Australians are affected by disordered eating.
How counselling services can help with eating disorders:
Trying to manage and cope with an eating disorder can be incredibly stressful, overwhelming, and lonely. Therefore, it is vital to reach out to a professional you trust, to receive the necessary support and guidance.
A qualified eating disorder psychologist will help to understand and tackle a range of areas including erratic eating patterns, negative body image, emotional regulation, and trauma-related triggers. There is no quick fix with disordered eating, so having a safe, confidential, and supportive environment is crucial for achieving long-term growth and wellbeing.
Our Session Fees
A standard session at New Vision Psychology is 50-minutes in duration.
Our eating disorders psychologists in Sydney
Our trusted team of eating disorder psychologists in Sydney are committed to providing a safe environment, to support individuals struggling with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating using an empathetic and compassionate approach.
At New Vision Psychology, our professional team of registered and clinical psychologists are available across Sydney, in Chatswood, Burwood, Castle Hill, Hurstville, and Sydney CBD. Our eating disorder experts are available for in person consultations, online via platforms such as Zoom, and over the phone.
If you, or someone that you know is struggling with any type of disordered eating, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of psychologists. With years of industry experience, we understand the struggles, and have the tools to help you get through the pain and improve your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I book in on behalf of a family member or friend?
We understand that looking to help a friend or family member who is struggling with an eating disorder is a fragile and complex situation. It’s great to look out for your loved one, but it is important to remain respectful and avoid upsetting or triggering them in the process.
While it is possible to book on behalf of someone else, it is important to obtain their consent and carefully manage the situation. You will need to speak with them to ensure they are willing to attend the sessions and participate in their treatment process. Take a compassionate approach when speaking to them about your concerns, and discuss the proven benefits of seeking professional help.
If you’re not sure how to approach the situation, feel free to reach out to us with your concerns, and we can provide some initial advice on how to best go about your situation.
Do you diagnose eating disorders?
Yes, with over 30 clinical and registered psychologists, our team are trained to diagnose and treat eating disorders. At New Vision Psychology, we offer a comprehensive range of disordered eating counselling services, which covers the entire process from diagnosis to treatment.
Using an empathetic, client-centred approach, our dedicated team will speak in depth with you to understand your personal situation and conduct a thorough assessment to determine the nature and the severity of your eating disorder. Our psychologists use evidence-based tools, as well as their years of industry experience to accurately provide a diagnosis, and subsequent treatment plan.
What types of eating disorders do you treat?
At New Vision Psychology, we provide support and treatment for every type of eating disorder, including but not limited to Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating. However, it is important to note that every person’s experience is different, and not everyone falls within one category or the other.
We treat based on the individual in front of us and aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for them to cope with their struggles and overcome them. We offer compassionate care and tailored therapy to meet the specific needs of each client.
What can I expect during my session?
The first session is all about understanding and getting to know you. There is no need to feel hesitant or anxious about beginning therapy. Our team are professionals, and their primary concern (particularly in the first session) is to make you feel comfortable and allow you to open up and progress at your own pace.
You can prepare as much or as little as you would like for the first session. Some people like to feel like they are prepared, and are keen to tackle certain topics early on. Others would rather leave everything for the session itself, let our psychologists guide them, and allow the session to develop organically.
Either way, therapy is a collaborative process. We take a client-centred approach, and your eating disorder psychologist will find the therapeutic method that works best for you.
How often & how long will I need to go to counselling for?
An eating disorder is a complex mental condition, and everyone’s journey is different. Therefore, it is impossible to know how long you will need to go to counselling for until you start your treatment. For some people it can take weeks, for others it may take months, and for some it is a lifelong battle. Your psychologist could give you an indication during your first session, once they start to understand your specific circumstances. It takes time and patience to improve your mental and physical health, so it is vital that you give yourself time to grow and do not put too much pressure on yourself.
At New Vision Psychology, our team of professionals will provide you with eating disorder therapy in a safe environment to suit your situation and your goals. The most important step is the first step. By starting your therapy journey, you are on the path to improvement, and you are taking control of your own health. Start your journey with us, and we will be with you all the way.
Will counselling help me to overcome an eating disorder?
As highly experienced eating disorder psychologists in Sydney, we have seen that counselling is an invaluable tool when it comes to working through and overcoming an eating disorder. An eating disorder is not a lifestyle choice. Rather, it is a complex mental health condition that requires patience and consistent specialised care.
Our team of eating disorder psychologists are qualified and trained to diagnose and understand your specific situation, your unique needs, and what you require to cope in everyday life. Using a combination of collaborative feedback, clinical assessment tools, and rating scales, our psychologists will provide you with a set of practical tools that you can take away with you. Additionally, we will provide you with a safe space to heal. You are not alone in this process.
Are eating disorder psychology services covered by health insurance?
Yes, eating disorder psychology services are covered by a lot of health insurance plans within Australia. At New Vision Psychology, we offer a range of payment options, including self-funded options, Medicare, and private health insurance. The level of coverage depends on your insurance provider and your specific plan, so it is crucial that you confirm what is covered on your plan before booking your first session.
With Medicare, you will receive a rebate of $92.90 per session for a registered psychologist or $136.35 for a clinical psychologist, for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.
We are committed to delivering high quality and personalised care. Contact us today and our friendly team will be happy to speak to you about your specific needs and match you with the best psychologist for you, helping you to maximise treatment outcomes.