Hi, I’m Paula Kotowicz. Welcome to my website.
The fact that we have met here would suggest that you are looking for help, so if you can give me a moment or two, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself and how I may be able to help you.
As well as the fairly ‘normal’ teenage angst that young women felt about their bodies in the 1980’s, I was touched in a significant way by negative body image, and ultimately eating disorders, when I was a 16 year old full-time ballet dancer at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Witnessing first-hand the havoc wreaked by eating disorders on my friends’ lives and dreams was frightening.
Twenty or so years and one undergraduate degree in applied social sciences later and I was able to draw on my experiences at WAAPA when I began working in the eating disorders field at first The Eating Disorders Foundation of NSW and then The Butterfly Foundation. In my six combined years, my most cherished role was on the coal-face; providing counselling support to sufferers or carers either on the phone, email or face to face. I found this deeply rewarding. In 2012 I left Butterfly to start my own private practice and consulting business.
There are numerous reasons why a person may develop an eating disorder and while this needs to be explored, I work from the perspective that it is critical to move towards improvement and recovery. My ethos is that all individuals can be healthy and free of their eating disorder because there was a time when they weren’t ill. This approach means that the individual feels a sense of capability, empowerment and ownership of their own recovery from the very start.
My approach to eating disorders gets results. I help my clients develop a deep and profound understanding of themselves and the role their illness is playing in their lives. Typical outcomes tend to include: greater resilience across all areas of their life; improvements in self-acceptance, self-compassion, self-worth and self-value; and new skills around coping and self-soothing. Call me to arrange an appointment. I look forward to meeting you.