“Freedom from obsession is not about something you do; it’s about knowing who you are. It’s about recognizing what sustains you and what exhausts you. What you love and what you think you love because you believe you can’t have it.”Geneen Roth
Let’s be clear- the way we are taught to relate to our bodies is straight-up nonsense. I offer body image counseling to help you let go of the diet mentality and feel comfortable in your own skin. As we work together, I’ll help you to reconnect to your embodied experience, which can offer you a healthy, nourishing, and enjoyable relationship with food, exercise, and your body.
Diet culture teaches us that we should always look a certain way, and manage ourselves through our body shape and size. We’re taught, falsely, that our value as human beings correlates somehow with the number on the scale, the visibility of our pores, or the quickness with which we can “bounce back” after having a baby. If you’ve internalized diet culture, it may manifest as:
- restrictive eating
- food anxiety
- compulsive exercise
- bingeing and purging
- obsessing about food
- shame about your appearance at work or in social situations
I’ve found that an over-emphasis on the way we are “supposed to” look, or the way we are “supposed to” eat, causes us to ignore our embodied experience. From this disconnected place, we lose access to our true hunger and fullness cues, as well as a full emotional experience. As you learn to reconnect to your body, the benefits are so much more than just healthy eating and a positive body image. Learning to trust your body powers up your ability to make truly healthy decisions and enjoy yourself across all areas of your life.
For clinicians and other professionals: I offer consultation for those addressing body image in their therapy work and organizations who want to create a culture of body positivity. Generous sliding-scale fees available for non-profit organizations and therapists in community mental health agencies- let’s talk! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org