Peta specialises in working with adolescents, young people and adults who are experiencing an eating disorder, to address the psychological issues that cause and maintain eating disorders like anorexia nervosa.
Peta has 25 years experience working in this specialty area. She is acknowledged by her colleagues as an expert in the field of eating disorders and has held a variety of related positions including, as the nurse coordinator of a specialist eating disorder inpatient program in Sydney (for adults), as the Project Director for the NSW Eating Disorder GP Shared Care Project and as the NSW Eating Disorder Service Development Officer. Peta works as a consultant for the Centre for Eating & Dieting Disorders as a Subject Matter Expert and curriculum consultant to their various eLearning programs. She has been invited to write book chapters and other articles about the nursing care of people with anorexia nervosa and she has recently been invited to participate in the Commonwealth Government’s MBBS Item Review for people with eating disorders (2018).
Most importantly, Peta enjoys working in collaboration with people who are experiencing an eating disorder….
Nobody deserves to have their life ruled by an eating disorder. Everyone deserves to eat; everyone deserves to be happy and to be able to live a life that is enjoyable. I understand how hard and how scary the recovery process is…eating disorders can be devastating to a person’s self esteem, to their relationships and of course, to their physical and mental health. As a Registered Nurse, I have a really good understanding of the biological factors that impact on a person when they are engaged in disordered eating or starvation behaviours, and as a mental health clinician and eating disorder specialist, I help people to find solutions and ways around the eating disorder, to help them to deal with the relentlessness pressure that the eating disorder puts them under, and to help them get their lives back under their own control.
Peta is a Registered Nurse and a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse. She has training in CBTe, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family Based Therapy for people with Eating Disorders, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and of course, couple and family therapy.
Her clinic runs out of a Lismore based office and although there are no age limits, most clients are adolescents and young people with eating disorders and other mental health issues, and their families.