Dr Rachel Brownlow

Rachel is a Clinical Psychologist with over 5 years’ clinical experience working in the area of eating disorders. Primarily, she has worked with adolescents with anorexia nervosa and their families, though over the past few years at Redleaf she has also treated adults with eating disorders, as well as those with other clinical presentations.

Rachel has extensive experience applying Maudsley Based Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (MFBT-AN), during her work at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She has also supported adolescent patients in the inpatient hospital context, as they underwent refeeding as part of their treatment for anorexia nervosa.

Rachel also has experience treating a range of different clinical presentations, including anxiety and mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm, emotion dysregulation, and personality disorders.

Client ages
Children, adolescents, and adults

Primary areas of expertise
Eating disorders
Mood and anxiety disorders

Therapy style and influences

In her clinical practice, Rachel uses evidence-based treatment approaches, which she tailors to meet her clients’ specific needs.

Rachel draws upon key principles and techniques from evidence based therapies such as:

  • MFBT-AN
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Focal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Anorexia Nervosa
  • Attachment Based Family Therapy

Rachel strongly believes that a secure and supportive therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist is a central platform for effective psychological treatment.

Publications/research

Rachel completed her PhD (Intranasal Oxytocin as an Adjunct to Inpatient Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa: Does a ‘Social Hormone’ Address Social and Interpersonal Difficulties?) in 2020, which examined the use of intra-nasal oxytocin in anorexia nervosa. The trial involved extensive contact with patients undergoing refeeding in both private and public eating disorder services in Sydney.

Brownlow, R. S., Maguire, S., O’Dell, A., Dias-da-Costa, C., Touyz, S., & Russell, J. (2015). Evaluation of an online training program in eating disorders for health professionals in Australia. Journal of eating disorders, 3(1), 1-6.

Kesby, A., Maguire, S., Brownlow, R., & Grisham, J. R. (2017). Intolerance of Uncertainty in eating disorders: An update on the field. Clinical psychology review, 56, 94-105.

Hobbies

Seeing live music, gardening, reading, and swimming at the beach.

Professional memberships

  • Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders
  • ANZAED Psychodynamic Special Interest Group

Days at Redleaf

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

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