Who We ArePsychologists for Eating Disorders
We are QUALIFIED and EXPERIENCED PSYCHOLOGISTS who work in the field of eating, dieting and weight disorders.
We are very passionate about our work and we are committed to helping you get the most out of life and to feel good about yourself, your body and your relationship with food.
Director and Clinical Psychologist | M.A. Psych. (Hons), M. Psych. (Clin.) Hons
Olivia is a dedicated and experienced Clinical Psychologist specialising in eating, dieting and weight disorders. She works with clients individually and facilitates group therapy at the Shape Your Mind clinic in Sydney, Australia, as well as providing services via her online programs.
Olivia is an expert in her field and is at the forefront of creating innovative solutions for people challenged by weight, food and body image-related issues.
Olivia’s qualifications include a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Arts in Psychology with First Class Honours from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. She has also received specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Olivia has worked with anxiety in child and adolescent populations as well as with adults, and spent some years as the Coordinator for the Peter Beumont Centre for Eating Disorders Day Program.
Olivia is fully registered with the Psychologists Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.
Olivia is very passionate about her work and is committed to helping her clients get the most out of life, and to feel good about themselves, their bodies and what they eat!
Clinical Psychologist | B.A. Social Sciences (Psych); M. Psych. (Clin.)
Carla is currently on maternity leave
Carla is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the treatment of eating, dieting and weight disorders. She is dedicated to helping people develop healthier lifestyles and better ways of coping with life’s challenges through a supportive and non-judgmental treatment approach.
Carla provides individual therapy for clients at the Shape Your Mind clinic. She has experience working with adults and adolescents in both private and hospital settings, including specialist services for eating disorders. She also has a great deal of experience in working with people with problems related to anxiety, depression, stress, body image and low self-esteem.
Carla’s qualifications include a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Psychology from the University of Western Sydney. She is experienced in a range of psychological approaches and techniques, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. Carla is fully registered with Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Carla is very excited to be a part of the Shape Your Mind team and is committed to helping her clients shape meaningful and fulfilled lives.
Psychologist | BSc (Physiology & Psychology); Grad Dip (Psych); Postgrad Dip (Prof Psych)
Pikria is a Registered Psychologist specialising in the treatment of eating disorders, and issues associated with body image and compulsive exercise. Her approach is client-centred, empathic, collaborative and strength-based. Pikria has experience working with adults and adolescents in private hospital settings. She is currently working at Northside Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit where she provides individual counselling and group therapy sessions.
Pikria has also previously worked at Butterfly – Foundation for Eating Disorders. Her qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Psychology and Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Macquarie University, and a Bachelor of Science with double major in physiology and psychology from The University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Pikria uses an integrated style in her sessions drawing from various evidence- based therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution- Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. She is passionate about professional growth and regularly attends professional development courses to keep up to date with new research and evidence based treatments. Pikria is fully registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and is a member of The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) – Sydney Eating Disorders Special Interest Group.
Dr. Chiara Paganini
Clinical Psychologist. B.S. Psychology (Honours); M. Psych. (Clin.); PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Chiara is a clinical psychologist specialising in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. She also has several years of experience in treating a range of comorbid issues, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, personality disorders and workplace issues. Chiara has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing individual and group psychotherapy to a range of age groups.
Chiara’s qualifications include both a Doctorate and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Psychology. Her therapy modalities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Schema Therapy, as well as psychodynamic approaches.
Chiara’s Doctorate focused on investigating the relationship between attachment style and eating disorders with an innovative Ecological Momentary Approach. She has been researching eating disorder and possible treatment modalities for several years. Her therapy focuses on helping individuals to explore their emotions in order to investigate the origin of their emotional distress. The aim is to increase the ability to express emotional distress in a functional way, and to diminish the frequency of any associated dysfunctional behaviours.
Chiara is warm and empathic therapist, and as an Italian native speaker she can provide therapy in both English and Italian.