Body Image Issues
Everyone has a body image, which is essentially defined as what we think we look like. A person's body image is created through a combination of their personal life experiences and external influencers, like culture and society. It is not at all uncommon to feel dissatisfied with your appearance occasionally. However, some body images issues, like body dysmorphic disorder, are more serious and can interfere with your daily life. Developing a positive body image can significantly improve your happiness. If you are experiencing excessive concern about a perceived physical defect, you may benefit from counseling. A mental health professional can be helpful in dealing with normal, negative body image feelings as well as specific body disorders.
Local Experts in Body Image Issues
Many of my clients seek my help because they crave a healthier relationship to their body. With my background in somatics, yoga, and massage along with my core values of 'health at every size', I support people navigate back to their body in a balanced and empowered way through a gentle yet powerful body-centered approach to counseling.
Finding acceptance with oneself is the first step in dealing with body issues.
In our society there is constant messaging that we must look a certain way. We are taught to feel inadequate and a general sense of shame if we don't live up to society's beauty standards. I can help you move from that place of shame, to a place of self-love and acceptance of who you are and what you look like today. You have inherent value because you are a person. I will honor that in our work.
I do this work because of the positive experience I had in counseling for my own eating disorder in my 20's. By exploring your feelings, learning how to tend to your emotions and caring for yourself and your body, you can recover, one step at a time, without ever dieting again, simply by discovering what it is you are really hungry for.
Your child may not have an eating disorder, but struggle with messages they receive daily regarding the ideal women\'s body.
I have worked with men and women for 20 years untangling the complicated emotions involved in body image. This issue has become part of our culture and it needs more awareness and conversation.
I have seven years of training and experience working with clients who are struggling with issues of body image.
I can help you accept and even love your body. This is completely possible when you uncover the underlying issues and end the damaging diet cycle.
My work provides hands on ways to change one's relationship with his/her body, while also providing deeper process work to find a more authentic experience of oneself.
I work with people to help them cultivate a healthier, more connected and loving relationship between mind and body. We do this collaboratively, by exploring concerns, the emotions connected to them and if helpful, where they came from. I often use art and expressive techniques to help guide this exploration.
Your body is the one thing you have with you every moment of your life so if you have messages inside that you're body is not acceptable, that's a tough place to be. I will work with you to understand where these messages came from and gently listen to what's underneath so that gradually there's more space for you to live and feel okay.