Are you struggling with your body image? Does your appearance cause you to feel anxious? Schedule an appointment online now!

Unfortunately, this is all too common among girls, women and femmes. It is hard to escape the constant bombardment of images of thin, tall and conventionally beautiful women. For the average person, it is impossible to achieve this standard of beauty. The backlash that is received when we do not conform to this standard of beauty is both internal and external. Most of us want to feel beautiful, confident and proud when we leave the house or with our significant others but are faced instead with anxiety and self doubt as a result of our appearance.

There are very few who can claim that their body image has not affected their eating. Eating often becomes disordered from a young age as a result of outside pressure and role models who are constantly trying to lose weight or “be healthy”. The rollercoaster of dieting, restriction, bingeing and sometimes purging and overexercising ravishes our bodies and souls. Where food was once an enjoyable comfort, it has become the enemy, something to beat. The message today about being thin is veiled in pursuits of health at all costs. We spend billions of dollars a year buying products and buying into the idea that something is wrong with our body’s ability to feed and care for itself.

Everyday in my practice I help women just like you learn to love themselves, just as they are today and let go of body anxiety. I help facilitate and nurture a return to your body’s natural hunger and fullness cues to guide your eating. I help you end the shame and diet cycle once and for all.

I offer the following for people interested in working on improving their body image and anxiety:

  • Learn to identify where you learned negative messages about your body and why they are so hard to ignore

  • Bring awareness to the triggers that affect you currently and keep your anxiety active

  • Become educated about new, gentler ways to approach health and your relationship with food and exercise

  • Feel empowered to not only accept, but love the person you are

  • Develop new ways to communicate with others that will promote your self esteem and self confidence

 

View my openings and schedule your appointment online now. It’s that easy!

Approaches to Eating Disorder and Body Image Treatment

Body Acceptance Focused Treatment

You might have heard the term body acceptance being used in social media, on TV and in print to describe feeling good about your body. This message has good intentions but often gets misconstrued as loving your body when it is healthy or a certain size. True body acceptance involves radical self acceptance of yourself, as you are, TODAY. It means that you believe that all bodies are good bodies, regardless of their size, color, health or ability. Some people use the term body liberation to describe the ability to NOT assign moral value to our body’s size and shape. This doesn’t mean that you love yourself every moment of every day. It means that you learn to accept that your body is one facet of who you are and does not define your value.


Health at Every Size

The treatment that I provide in my practice is completely geared toward body acceptance in every way. My goal is help you feel empowered and embrace who are you are, mind, body and spirit. I practice from a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach which is based on the premise that health comes in all shapes and sizes (and is research based!). HAES has brought relief, recovery and reinvigoration to millions of people who have suffered with chronic dieting and eating disorders. Slowly but surely, the medical profession is getting board with the true fact that health cannot be determined by size and that dieting is detrimental to one’s health. If you are ready to regain health without dieting, this approach is for you!


Intuitive Eating

In addition to HAES, I encourage you to explore the concept of Intuitive Eating as a solution to chronic dieting and disordered eating. Intuitive Eating is principled in a simple yet seemingly illusive concept for most of us, which is that we can trust our bodies to tell us when, what and how much to eat. Remember when you were young and you ate what you wanted and stopped when you were full? When and why did that change for you? Was is after your first diet or when you saw family members eating in a restrictive way? Was your enjoyment and feeling of satisfaction from food replaced with obsessions and guilt? I can help you learn to heal your relationship with food so that you can focus on what is really important in life.


Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy

I use several methods of intervention to help you find inner peace and success. I see you as the driver of your treatment and I am your guide. I will offer suggestions and guidance, but ultimately you are in charge of the direction of your journey. You may find that traditional psychotherapy that is rooted in finding meaning and feminism is more your pace. You could decide that you’d like to go even deeper in hypnotherapy. You might even be seeking short term treatment for a specific issue. I tailor our sessions to your needs and desires.