Spring is in the air, and so is body insecurity. The theme of changing bodies, and clothing sizes, has come up a lot in clinic lately and I thought that it is a topic that merits further discussion. Our bodies are always changing, and they are meant to change throughout our lives. This means that we won't always be the same size of clothing. Of course, we also need to hold in mind that sizes themselves are continuously changing. You can walk in to any high street clothing
I teach my clients about self-compassion every day. I point them toward Kristin Neff and Brene Brown for evidence and inspiration. I support them to recognise when they are being self-critical, what it sounds like, and how it impacts their relationships with themselves and others. Together we figure out and practice strategies for how to recognise those thoughts outside of the therapy room as well. I work with them to challenge and change their self-criticism in to someth
I facilitated a therapeutic Body Image Group for almost two years, and I've lost track of how many times our explorations returned to the idea of whether it's possible to accept, like, or *gasp* love your body. This isn't surprising given that I work specifically with women who struggle with disordered relationships with their bodies and food. But whether you're battling with an eating disorder or not, body acceptance is a concept that feels unattainable for many people.