Dr Tania Nichols

Tania (she/her) is a Clinical Psychologist experienced in and passionate about the treatment and prevention of eating disorders and body image concerns across the lifespan. Tania’s clinical experience covers working in inpatient, day programme, not for profit, and private practice eating disorder services where she has tailored and facilitated individual, family, and group-based treatment interventions for adults, adolescents and children affected by a broad range of eating disorders and associated mental health concerns.

Alongside her role with the Redleaf Practice, Tania is employed by the Butterfly Foundation as Clinical Supervisor for the Butterfly National Helpline.

Client ages
Children, adolescents, and adults

Primary areas of expertise
Eating disorders
Body Image
Perfectionism
Anxiety
Depression
Adjustment disorders

Therapy style and influences

Tania’s approach draws upon a range of evidence-based treatments tailored to meet the unique, individual needs of her clients. For Tania, the development of a strong and secure therapeutic alliance is the most integral part of therapy. Tania, therefore, strives to connect with warmth, empathy, openness and respect to foster a safe and secure space for clients to reflect upon and navigate their recovery.

Tania respects the courage, vulnerability, and strength demonstrated by clients seeking help and believes that families can play an important role in supporting their loved one’s recovery. Tania is committed to working collaboratively with her clients and with relevant health professionals in a care-team approach to ensure clients are well supported with continuity of care. Tania holds strong hope and belief that there is a pathway to recovery for everyone and feels privileged to accompany and support her clients throughout their recovery journey.

Treatment modalities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Enhanced (CBT-E)
  • Family-Based Therapy (Maudsley Model)
  • Adolescent and Parent Treatment (APT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills (DBT skills)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing

Publications/research

Tania has a strong interest in body image and eating disorder research. Tania’s doctoral research focused on identifying psychological predictors of body image attitudes and concerns in young children, while her earlier honours thesis explored psychosocial predictors of day treatment outcome for young people with Anorexia Nervosa. Findings from Tania’s doctoral research have been published in peer reviewed journals and have been presented at national and international conferences.

Hobbies

Outside work, Tania enjoys travelling, reading, yoga, pilates and spending time with her cute and sassy West Highland Terrier pup, Lulu.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • College of Clinical Psychology
  • Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Academy of Eating Disorders
  • National Eating Disorders Collaboration

Days at Redleaf

Friday

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