How a Therapist Can Help with Eating Disorders and When to See a Brisbane Area Psychologist


Few things are as challenging as living with an eating disorder. While many people suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or other eating disorders tend to feel like there is little hope, it’s essential to keep in mind that there are several effective treatment options available that offer a path to recovery for patients of all ages and from all walks of life. An eating disorder psychologist in Brisbane like Michelle Barratt Psychology can provide a number of empirically supported interventions for eating disorders, including therapy, education and access to psychiatric services.


What Eating Disorders Are and How a Therapist Can Help

The three most common forms of eating disorders can be seen in Brisbane residents of any age or gender and from any ethnic background. Anorexia nervosa is a disorder characterised by having a distorted body image that causes individuals to perceive themselves as being overweight even when they are extremely thin, which often results in an unhealthy obsession with dieting and exercise routines. Those with bulimia nervosa will tend to eat excessive amounts of food and then purge themselves through vomiting or the use of laxatives. The third major type of eating disorder, binge eating disorder, involves frequent incidents of excessive eating without attempts to purge.

Eating disorders are often misunderstood, and many people who are affected by them experience a considerable amount of shame. Because of this, those suffering from eating disorders usually become quite adept at hiding the signs of their illness from their friends and family, even when they are experiencing severe physical symptoms as a result of their disordered eating. An eating disorder therapist in Brisbane can help patients understand what is causing their behaviour or distorted body image through a series of evaluations.

Getting a diagnosis of an eating disorder is, of course, just the first step. A psychologist can also provide effective treatment options, such as dialectical behaviour therapy, which can help patients learn to overcome their feelings of guilt or shame and help to restore a healthy body image and relationship with food long-term. With the support of your trained treatment provider, there is hope for recovery.

Finding Solutions for Your Eating Disorder with a Therapist in Brisbane


Michelle Barratt Psychology provides comprehensive eating disorder therapy for both adults and adolescents suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Our trained psychologists can perform a full battery of assessments to determine the cause of your damaged relationship with food and offer the warm and supportive environment that is necessary for recovery. When you speak with an eating disorder psychologist in Brisbane, you will be working with a trained mental health professional who will use a variety of evidence-based interventions that are known to be effective with eating disorders, such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our psychologists, be sure to view our new patient information so that you can prepare for your visit. Also, be sure to contact us to book a date and time that works with your schedule, along with any other enquiries you may have. Taking the first steps toward managing an eating disorder can be the most challenging, which is why we are especially happy to support patients as they begin this important journey toward recovery.


35 Wondall Road


Qld 4178

Tel: 0401 924 331 

Fax:  (07) 3009 0553


Suite 37, Level 1 Benson House,

No. 2 Benson Street, TOOWONG,

Qld 4066.

Tel: 0411 731 516

Fax: (07) 3009 0075


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Michelle Barratt is a Fellow of the Clinical College at the Australian Psychological Society.