Rachel Matthews

Director of Mental Health, Newbridge House

Rachel Matthews is the Director of Mental Health for Newbridge House and has extensive experience of working with young people who have eating disorders.

Rachel completed her Masters in Nursing Degree at Nottingham University. She worked in inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) before taking up a post at Sydney Children’s Hospital. Here she was a mental health nurse on the adolescent medical, surgical and mental health unit. It was in Sydney that Rachel began specialising in eating disorders, as the nurse on the eating disorder day programme. The day programme included multi-family therapy, psychology, occupational therapy (including social eating) and medical sessions. This programme ran over three days a week, as well as facilitating this programme, Rachel also offered meal support and individual sessions.

Rachel went on to work for Birmingham Children’s Hospital CAMHS as a Community Psychiatric Nurse. Here she managed a caseload of young people with varying complex mental health problems, the majority of these were young people with eating disorders. Rachel has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Eating Disorders at Birmingham University. More recently, she has been a Senior Primary Mental Health Worker; she worked as a Specialist CAMHS clinician and offered consultation, liaison and training to referrers, including primary care professionals. She has provided training in mental health and eating disorders to different professional working directly with children and young people.

Rachel uses motivational enhancement techniques and offers body image sessions. She has completed introductory courses in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Behavioural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has an understanding of Dialectic Behavioural Therapy. She has also completed a course in Transformational Leadership.