About Dr. Atkins

Background

Dr. Linsey Atkins is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in child, adolescent and family therapy. In 2003 Dr.Atkins was awarded a Professional Doctorate in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology from LaTrobe University, Victoria. Her doctorate thesis focused on building resilience and protective factors in early adolescence. Over the past 10 years Dr.Atkins has completed extensive national and international training in adolescent psychiatry. In 2010 Dr.Atkins was awarded an international clinician scholarship from the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Dr.Atkins utilised the scholarship to train at the Maudsley Hospital, London and other specialised adolescent services in the USA.

 

Dr.Atkins regularly attends professional development sessions as well as national and international psychology conferences. Dr.Atkins is an accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Therapist with the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy. She is also an accredited Family Based Treatment Therapist with the Institute of Training for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders in the USA. Dr.Atkins provides clinical supervision and workshops on family based treatment in private practice.   

 

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Dr.Atkins has gained extensive experience in assessment and treatment of child and adolescent mental health. Her areas of expertise include eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, resilience and self-esteem.

Dr.Atkins has held positions as a clinical psychologist and senior clinical psychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital(RCH) Mental Health Service. During this time, Dr.Atkins provided parent therapy, child therapy, parenting groups, adolescent groups and parent-child therapy groups. A highlight of Dr.Atkins’ work at the service was the development of a group program for adolescents with anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr.Atkins has also worked as a child psychologist for philanthropic organisations providing therapy for children exposed to trauma and grief.

 

Eating Disorders Expertise

In 2007 Dr.Atkins joined a team of professionals at the Royal Children’s Hospital Eating Disorder Program to implement an outpatient Family Based Treatment (FBT) clinic for adolescent anorexia nervosa. FBT is now recognised as first line evidence based treatment for Anorexia Nervosa in young people under 19 years of age.

 

While working in this program, Dr.Atkins became the lead FBT therapist in a Randomised Controlled Trial investigating treatment of adolescent Anorexia Nervosa. She also received weekly supervision from Prof. Daniel LeGrange, an international expert in this treatment approach and the author of the treatment manuals ‘Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa’ and ‘Treatment Manual for Bulimia Nervosa’. In 2009, Dr.Atkins became an accredited FBT therapist with the Institute of Training in Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.

Since 2009 Dr.Atkins has also worked in private practice with a commitment to provide evidence based FBT for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Dr.Atkins is a passionate advocate for this treatment approach having successfully treated over 200 adolescents.

In 2011, Dr.Atkins also became the Co-ordinator of the Wellness and Recovery Centre and Butterfly Day Program, both specialist eating disorder programs at Southern Health, Melbourne. This experience provided Dr.Atkins with valuable skills providing group therapy and individualised care for young adults and families suffering from eating disorders.  

In 2013, Dr.Atkins moved into private practice full time. She now runs HOPE family clinic focusing on child, adolescent and family psychology. Dr.Atkins continues to provide FBT and parent workshops for eating disorders.  

 

Supervision and Training

Dr.Atkins also provides clinical FBT supervision and training within the public and private sector. She has also presented scholarly papers at national and international eating disorders as well as being involved in post graduate research projects focusing on eating disorders.

 

 

I am committed to providing the most effective treatment to young people and their families, no matter how difficult the situation may seem”

Publications

Hughes, L., LeGrange, D., Atkins, L., Court, A., Yeo, M., Campbell, S., Whitelaw, M. & Sawyer, S. (2014). Implementation of Family Based Treatment for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Journal of Pediatric Health, Vol 28 (4), pp. 322-330. Click Here to view the article

 

Damiano, S., Reece, J., Atkins, L., & Reid, S.  (2014). Maladaptive Schemas in Adolescent Females with Anorexia Nervosa and Implications for Treatment. Eating Behaviors: The Journal of Prevention and Treatment (in press).

 

Damiano, S., Reece, J.,  Reid, S., Atkins, L., & Patton, G. (2014). Empirically Derived Typologies of Adolescent Females with Anorexia Nervosa: Understanding General Psychopathology and Treatment Implications. Eating Behaviors: Journal of Prevention and Treatment (in press).