That’s Actually Not a Compliment

To the general population, a compliment is recognition of something that we view as positive. However, to individuals with eating disorders (EDs) compliments are much more complicated. Unsolicited compliments are a regular topic of conversation in my sessions with individuals with EDs….

Who’s Talking, You or Your Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders (EDs) can be difficult mental illnesses to treat, and come with a lot of internalized shame. This is often related to the inner conflict that accompanies eating disorders that can be different from other mental illnesses. Most mental illnesses are…

The Body is a Battlefield

The body is a battlefield. The logical mind acts as the commanding officer, assessing the risks, calling the shots, ultimately sending you out onto the frontlines. The emotions are there, lobbying for justice, for what is “right.” Much of the battle occurs…

When Healthy Behaviors Become Unhealthy

Someone asked me recently how when I’m working with clients, I strike the balance between promoting positive, healthy behaviors and distinguishing unhealthy ones that are present in eating disorders. A solid wellness plan includes all aspects of your physical and emotional health,…

A Therapists Perspective: Cultivating Body Image

Many of my clients have long histories of unhealthy and complicated relationships with their bodies. Many of them have memories of negative thoughts and beliefs forming in childhood and early adolescence. Their body image distress was, and is, not created in a…

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