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
It’s commonly believed that we need to be hard on ourselves in order to achieve our goals. We think that criticising or telling ourselves to “just suck it up buttercup” will help us to manage our anxieties and stay motivated. This is ever so prominent in the fitness industry with its “no pain, no gain” philosophy. Yes, we need to push ourselves sometimes in order to grow. For example, encouraging ourselves to plough through anxious thoughts in order to achieve something that’
Over the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, it's important to have some additional resources that can support you to keep fighting the eating disorder and nourishing yourself emotionally while you're in recovery. I'm writing this post to offer you some of my favourite resources that I often suggest to my clients. They can be broken down in to three important areas of recovery: 1. Building self-compassion. I believe we are all born with self-compassion, but througho
I've been trying to write a post about femininity and eating disorders for weeks, but I've really struggled with where to begin. I want to talk about the female body, puberty, periods, pregnancy, motherhood, the symbolism of being a woman, and gendered pressures and expectations - all within the context of disordered eating. I want to talk about it all, because it's SO important. But in reality, it's too much to cover in one post. I've also realised that I was trying to w
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.