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Dr Alexandra Sheffield

Clinical Psychologist

Alex has over 10 years post-university experience in helping adults and adolescents with a wide range of psychological presentations. She trained in the U.K, completing a 4-year undergraduate degree in Psychology and a 3-year post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Alex has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and her experience includes 5 years at a specialist Eating Disorders Unit in London and 4 years working with adolescents presenting with a variety of complex issues.

Alex is a specialist in treating eating disorders and weight-related difficulties, and at myLife Psychologists she enjoys working with both adults and adolescents presenting with a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, stress, and difficulties related to self-esteem and managing emotions. She has expertise in working with adolescents and is skilled at engaging young people and involving their families when required to maximise treatment effectiveness.

The U.K.’s loss has been myLife’s gain as Alex is passionate about providing the best treatments for her clients. She has expertise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy, an area in which she has published a number of research papers (see below). She is skilled at putting her clients at ease and building a collaborative therapeutic relationship to achieve the best outcomes.

Alex sees adults and adolescents at our Sydney CBD consultation rooms.

Memberships & Registrations:

  • Registration to provide clinical psychology services with Medicare
  • Full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PSY0001822549)
  • Endorsement of clinical psychology as an area of practice with the Psychology Board of Australia

Publications:

  • Sheffield, A., & Waller, G (2012). Clinical use of the schema inventories (pg 111-124) In The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy Theory, Research, and Practice.
  • Sheffield, A., Waller, G., Emanuelli, F., Murray, J. & Meyer, C. (2009). Do Schema Processes Mediate Links between Parenting and Eating Pathology. European Eating Disorders Review, 17, (4), 290-300.
  • Waller, G., & Sheffield, A., (2008). Causes of bulimic disorders.Psychiatry, 7, (4), 152-155.
  • Colton, A., Sheffield, A., & Elliott, L. (2008). Eating Disorders in School Age Children. British Journal of School Nursing, 3 (2), 88-92.
  • Hinrichsen, H., Sheffield, A., Emanuelli, F &Waller, G (2007). The role of parenting experiences in the development of social anxiety and agoraphobia in the eating disorders. Eating Behaviours, 8, 285-290.
  • Sheffield, A., Waller, G., Emanuelli, F. & Murray, J. (2006). Is comorbidity in the eating disorders related to perceptions of parenting? Criterion validity of the revised Young Parenting Inventory.Eating Behaviours, 7, 37-45.
  • Sheffield, A., Waller, G., Emanuelli, F., Murray, J. & Meyer, C. (2005). Links between parenting and core beliefs: Preliminary psychometric validation of the Young Parenting Inventory. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 29, 787-802.
  • Neiderman, M., Farley, A., Richardson, J. & Lask, B. (2001). Nasogastric feeding in children and adolescents with eating disorders: Toward good practice. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 29, 441-448. (NB this publication uses Alex’s maiden name of Farley).