#1 – Psychologist Working with Eating Disorders – Hollie Laver

psychologist working woth eating disorders hollie laver

Hollie Laver has been a registered psychologist since 2009 and is currently the Clinical Coordinator of the Barwon Health Eating Disorders Unit.   She has over 7 years experience in mental health triage, crisis and continuing care treatment in adult and youth community mental health.

Hollie completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) with Honours in 2006 at Deakin University, and worked as a provisional psychologist at Ballarat Psychiatric Services to gain her full registration.  She is currently completing her Master of Clinical Psychology at Deakin University. Her research thesis title is “Risk and Protective Factors for Eating Disorders in the Family Environment.”

Hollie works in the field of eating disorders and mainly with youth. Her primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) where she has completed advanced professional training through Orygen Youth Health.  She  also regularly attends the Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) for further training and seminars.

Hollie is a passionate advocate for the delivery of quality health services to young people.

Hollie's Recommended Resources

Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Website – www.acat.me.uk
Training in Australia through Orygen Youth Health – Melbourne

Eating Disorders

Butterfly Foundation – www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au
The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) – www.ceed.org.au
The Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders (CEDD) – www.cedd.org.au (NSW)
Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders – www.anzaed.org.au
National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) – www.nedc.com.au

Hollie's Self-Care Tip

Know how your body and your mind respond to stress and  then how you can counteract or best work with that. For Hollie it's exercise particularly boxing and running. Also practice mindfulness by observing your thoughts and feelings, and make sure you take time away before you really need it!


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Amy Felman


  1. catherine on May 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Loved this ep! Will take away the comment: “always have the family in the back of your pocket” – and I really hope that we do have the next generation of women questioning societal expectations re body image. Thanks for a great podcast 🙂

    • Amy Felman on June 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Hollie is a passionate advocate in this area. I agree, it’s great advice she shared indeed.
      It’s a pleasure to share such fabulous psychologist’s with you and all their pearls of wisdom!

  2. Molly on June 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    A really great insight into starting a career and the challenges faced when becoming a psychologist. Very valuable!

    • Amy Felman on July 27, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Glad to hear it Molly! We’re so lucky to get this advice and hopefully avoid some of the common challenges early career psychologists face, or at least be a little better prepared for them!
      Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  3. Katie on October 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I listened to this episode when it first came out, and found it so inspiring. Months down the track, I’ve just listened again looking for some confidence before interviews for clinical masters – cannot thank you enough for starting up this podcast and giving such valuable information to those of us studying hoping to enter the field. I really look forward to each new podcast, and just wanted to let you know it’s been SO helpful and inspiring for me 🙂

  4. Dani on August 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Listening your conversations with all the amazing psychologists who have share their journey of going through studying and working in the fields of psychology, is so informative, helpful and motivating me to continue getting out there, continue learning and developing my practical skills despite hard and challenging process we have to go through in becoming a psychologist.

  5. Dani on August 22, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you !

    • Amy Felman on August 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Dani,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and posting a comment on the website. I love that the podcast is achieving it’s goal or supporting and motivating others! Psychology’s a very exciting profession isn’t it.

      Feel free to reach out anytime with a question or request.

      Good luck with your training!


  6. Aina on August 7, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Amy!

    I have recently discovered the podcast and I am loving it! I am finishing 2nd year of the batchelor in psychology from the university of Barcelona (online). I started when i lived in Spain but now I live in Australia. I was planing on doing the clinical master here after my honors overseas but now thanks to the podcast I am aware of the challenges people go through to find placements. Do you think it would be beneficial to finish my batchelor in an Australian University? Also could you do a podcast on what to do after finishing your psychology degree? I would love to hear tips and advise on placements, the different paths to be a registered psychologist and even the different working fields possible.
    Thank you sooo much for your time on helping us students! It is very useful 🙂

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