Interest areas

We work in a range of areas.

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Our Areas of Interest

At Treat Yourself Well we specialist in helping people overcome body image struggles, problematic eating and health related issues.   Our team of psychologists have many years’ experience in this field and provide help with care and compassion.

Men's Mental Health

Looking after your emotional and psychological well being is not just for females. Treat Yourself Well is proud to welcome men of all ages and we have seen an increase in men coming for support. Men are typically known for bottling things up and not talking about their feelings. But things need to change and we encourage men of any age to give it a go. Trying to deal with things on your own and not talking with a professional about it increases the risk of depression and anxiety going unrecognised and untreated.

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Weight Concerns

Treat Yourself Well is one of Sydney’s leading psychology practice who delivers a non diet approach to health and weight concerns. We area strong advocates of the Health at Every Size ( model and we promote body size and shape diversity. Psychologists at Treat Yourself Well move the focus away from how much you weigh and help you become health and wellbeing focused. Rather than hating yourself for not being thin enough, you'll become compassionate and loving towards yourself, which leads to lasting self care. You won't need to use 'willpower' to 'eat right' you'll learn to want to look after yourself and treat yourself well and enjoy the enormous benefits that good health & positive body image can give you.

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Binge Eating Disorder

An episode of binge eating can be defined as 1) Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2 hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time in similar circumstances. 2) A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode, a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating.

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Body Image

Body image refers to how you view your body and your overall appearance. Body image is your "mental picture" of yourself.
Body image is not objective - it is your subjective opinion of how you see yourself. It's easy to see how body image is not based on "reality" - for example, you may have a friend whom you think looks great, but she is convinced that she has a "big bum". Another friend might tell you that she feels "huge" and won't go to the beach, but all you can see is her great figure. And we've all heard the supermodels moaning about their thighs. Body image definitely isn't "reality" based!

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People with bulimia are very preoccupied with their weight or appearance. They tend to equate their sense of self esteem with how much they weigh, or what they perceive they look like. Bulimia is a highly self destructive condition in which people repeatedly swing between episodes of bingeing and episodes of compensatory 'deprivation', either through excessive dieting, purging (vomiting, laxatives, diuretics), or obsessive levels of exercise. The problem with this cycle is that it is self maintaining - the periods of deprivation actually set people up to 'bust' with a binge. The act of bingeing triggers 'all or nothing' thinking (e.g., "I've blown it! I have to do something to get rid of it!"), which then leads people to deprive themselves again. It's a vicious circle that maintains the problematic binge eating.

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Dysmorphic Concern

Body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, is diagnosed when a person is excessively preoccupied or focused on a perceived defect or problem with their appearance. This preoccupation can be directed at any part of the face or body.

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What is anorexia?

Anorexia is a seriously debilitating disorder. People with anorexia achieve their low body weight by eating very little (starving), and/or by exercising excessively. They may also use large amounts of diet pills or laxatives. They avoid foods they view as 'fattening' and may go for long periods of time without eating. Some people with anorexia have periods in which their strict dieting regime collapses and they may 'over-eat'. This over-eating may not be excessive - it may be just a few pieces of bread - but for the anorexic this is viewed as a 'binge'.

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Feelings of sadness, loss, and even misery are normal human emotions. These feelings may follow a disappointment, loss of a friend, loss of a job, or a number of other stressful or unpleasant life events. These feelings are common and are experienced by everyone.

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Stress Management

All of us experience stress in our day to day lives. Modern life is highly stressful, with many demands and not enough time to carry them out. We all seem to know what another person means when they talk about being stressed. But what is stress?

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Couples Counseling

Often, relationship problems occur when the couple's communication has broken down, or, an event (such as an affair, the birth of a child, or when children leave home) has occurred which throws the relationship out of balance. Learning how to live harmoniously with your partner is a skill which can be taught.

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Worry, Anxiety and Panic

Anxiety is a normal and healthy reaction. Anxiety is a physical response that allows you to deal with threat or danger. These changes are vital when it is necessary to respond to threat or danger very quickly - for example, when you are being mugged, or when you need to get out of the way of a speeding car.

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Becoming Assertive

Assertiveness is the ability to communicate needs, opinions, thoughts, and feelings in a direct, honest, and appropriate way. Assertiveness involves standing up for your rights in a way that does not ignore the rights of other people.

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