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
\nThrough my professional dance and theater background, deep training in Qigong and Yoga, and forty years of people seeking me out to help them with trauma, I have learned to help people make friends with their body and enter their own lives more fully.
We live in a society that can flood us with negative messages as to how our bodies are wrong. I work with clients to decrease shame and guilt around the body they reside in, and find safety and comfort in taking up the personal space you have the right to occupy .
I've explored body image issues from a feminist, fat-positive, and body-positive perspective, and understand these struggles intimately. I embrace body-positive values personally as well as professionally.
Are you struggling with your relationship to your body, food, or both? With my background in eating disorder treatment, I help clients reconnect with an inner sense of health & balance in an affirming, body-positive space. I will support you in challenging external messages about how you should be, and help you connect instead with your needs, your values, and your intuitive healthy self.
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.
Your child may not have an eating disorder, but struggle with messages they receive daily regarding the ideal women\'s body.
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.
I work from a Health at Every Size, or HAES®, approach in providing support for clients working to find peace with their body and food. HAES encourages us to trust our body by listening to hunger and fullness cues, seeking joy and moderation in physical activity, celebrating body diversity, and rejecting diet culture, sizeism, and the thin ideal. I also incorporate intuitive eating techniques to a
\' The first wealth is health\' Ralph Waldo Emerson. This quote embodies my philosophy and in working with clients I strive to embrace health and and conquer the doubts that lead to ongoing struggle to self acceptance.
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.
As a fat-identified and body-positive person, I have worked to gain a strong understanding of all the ways body image can be harmed, impacted, developed, and explored. I work from a Health at Every Size model and have formal education around issues of social oppression and body image ranging from fat and/or disabled bodies to trans and/or gender non-conforming bodies to women and/or femme bodies.
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.
Body image issues come from all different roots and for a variety of reasons. Using a combination of mindfulness, movement, art therapy and dbt, I work with clients to untangle from the cycle of self criticism and doubt.
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.
We live in a world that is hard on bodies. And whether it’s our own self-criticism or the stigma and discrimination we feel from others, this can take a real toll on our mental health. Exploring this territory can help us find peace in our bodies and build resilience to the cultural messages we receive about our appearance.
We are not our thoughts and we don't have to believe them. Body image struggles are likely attached to unskillful and habitual thinking. We can work together to dis-empower the habitual thoughts that hold you hostage. We can craft accurate thoughts that support your self esteem. Lets work collaboratively to improve your relationship to your body, mind and emotions.
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.
I enjoy helping people who struggle with body-related issues find a way toward positive, sustained connection to their whole selves, including their physical selves. This often involves a mindful exploration and working through of stuck patterns and old, entrenched convictions.
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.
We work with Body Dysmorphic Disorder which is a close relative of OCD.
Our culture is oppressive on body image, both for women and also for men. It is possible to (re)claim a gentle relationship with one\'s body through pleasure and sexual expression.