Dr Aimee Maxwell is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA and is currently completing her Clinical Psychology Registrar training, under the supervision of Dr Rose Gillett. Aimee currently holds memberships with the Australian Psychological Society, Fertility Society of Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association and the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. She also lives and works on the Gold Coast.
Aimee completed her undergraduate degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University. Aimee’s PhD thesis examined the factors that increase the risk of addictive-like eating, particularly the role of personality traits, like reward sensitivity, fear and anxiety. The results of Aimee’s thesis indicated that anxiety and fear were strong predictors of addictive-like eating in both children and adults, and that the role of family conflict and coercive parenting styles also amplified the risk of problematic eating in children. Aimee has experience within a variety of clinical and educational contexts and has worked with clients across the life-span, including children, adolescents and adults with varying presenting problems including anxiety, depression, ASD, ADHD, emotional regulation, social skills, behaviour management, developmental disorders and eating disorders. Aimee is highly experienced in group therapy and also works as a Psychologist in a group therapy context for eating disorders and is the lead Facilitator of the Binge Eating Program at Robina Private Hospital. Aimee has a particular interest in treating eating disorders, body image issues, self-criticism and low self-esteem. Aimee also enjoys working with adults and children on the Autism Spectrum.
Aimee is a warm, empathic psychologist and approaches therapy from a gentle, client-centred approach, working with her clients to set goals that are designed to improve overall functioning, wellbeing and disrupt patterns of dysfunctional thoughts and behaviours. Aimee primarily practices from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective but may also draw from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). In her spare time, you will find Aimee barracking for her football team- the Essendon Bombers, sleeping in on weekends, watching Simpsons reruns, and playing Animal Crossing on her Nintendo Switch. Aimee is also a self-confessed ‘foodie’ and loves to cook and be wined and dined at restaurants on the Gold Coast. Aimee is also the co-host of the psychology podcast ‘The Formulation Station’ which discusses all things mental health and psychology.
Aimee sees a range of clients from early childhood to adulthood with a range of concerns:
- Eating Disorders in children, adolescents and adults;
- Autism Spectrum Disorder;
- Anxiety and depression;
- Social skills issues, and attention regulation issues;
- Emotion regulating and behavioural issues;
- Stress and coping;
- Self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth;
- Perfectionism and self-criticism
- Attachment concerns;
- Recovery from grief and trauma.