Dr Jessica Podkowka is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a range of settings, including private practice, and inpatient and day patient eating disorder programs such as the Peter Beumont Centre for Eating Disorders at the Hills Private Hospital. Jessica is a registered treatment provider through Victims of Crime Services.
In addition to her clinical work, Jessica is a Guest Lecturer in Child/Adolescent and Adult Eating Disorders for Clinical Psychology postgraduate university students and has presented clinical workshops for clinicians at the annual Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) conference. Jessica is also Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee for ANZAED and is on the Social Media Committee for the International Academy for Eating Disorders. In both of these roles, she is involved in promoting the activities of these organisations with regard to research, prevention, treatment and advocacy in the field of eating disorders.
Client ages Children, adolescents and adults
Primary areas of expertise Eating disorders Complex trauma and post-traumatic stress syndromes Depression and anxiety Perfectionism
Therapy style and influences
Jessica values developing strong and meaningful therapeutic relationships that support her clients to feel safe and at ease in the therapeutic environment. She works collaboratively, blending her expertise as a clinician with clients’ strengths and their expert knowledge of themselves, to address shared treatment goals.
Jessica is committed to providing evidence-based treatment and is trained in:
Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders
Specialist Supportive Clinical Management of Eating Disorders
Maudsley Model of Anorexia Treatment in Adults
Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders
Maudsley Family-Based Treatment
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Together with colleagues at The Redleaf Practice, Jessica has co-authored a publication pertaining to the effectiveness of implementing Maudsley Family-Based Treatment for adolescent Anorexia Nervosa in a private practice setting.
In her free time, Jessica is an avid reader and also enjoys attending musical theatre.
Days at Redleaf
Monday, Tuesday (Telehealth), Thursday & Friday
International Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
Acting Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee for the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders
National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC)
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Whether you are starting out on the journey of recovery, or have been finding things hard for some time, we’re here to help. If you or someone you love is struggling with eating concerns, please reach out.