Why Body Image Work Hasn’t Worked

You know how some words just start to bug you because they just lose their meaning? I’ve got a laundry list—self-esteem, body image and self-help are among them. This body image stuff confounds a lot of folks, therapists included. Many clinicians don’t feel well trained in it. They don’t know if what they are doing is helpful. They don’t feel … Continued

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Handling client anxiety about weight gain

When someone breaks up with diet culture to focus on healing their relationship with food, body, and self, it is not uncommon for weight gain to occur. Chances are the weight of a person, after years of chronic dieting and disordered eating behavior, is not their natural set point. As they let go of their tight grasp for control and … Continued

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On being asked if you are pregnant.

By Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC This happens to me pretty often. I have a round, up-front belly. It was round and up front before I was fortunate enough to carry my children in it. It was round and up front after too. Most recently, at day camp drop off, another mother asked me “if I was carrying another?” “No”, I said, … Continued

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It’s true, we don’t tell people what to eat.

Which is an unexpected way to work in a culture filled with food voices, opinions, suggestions and diet gurus. It’s unheard of when much of the mainstream food culture teaches us all to be very weary of food. We have consciously made a choice to swim against this stream. People need to know there is more to talk about than … Continued

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Awake to the Pain

Many of us have been awash in pain as we process the recent tragedies. The pain that we are feeling is not new. Marginalized people have been feeling it for longer than we imagine. Ancestors knew it. It is woven into the fabric of who we are, individually and collectively. For those of us with more privilege, this pain has … Continued

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