Body Image &Eating Disorders

Body Image- What is body image?

According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses:

·       What you believe about your appearance.

·       How you feel about your body, including height, shape, and weight.

·       How you sense and control your body as you move.  How you physically experience or feel in your body. 

 

 Most everyone has struggled with body image at some point in their life. Having a safe, therapeutic environment to explore this is important. Ashley works with clients on identifying body image related thoughts and beliefs, exploring where they come from, challenging dysfunctional beliefs, and developing an acceptance voice.

Eating Disorders-

What is an eating disorder? Eating disorders are serious conditions related to persistent eating behaviors that negatively impact your health, your emotions and your ability to function in important areas of life.

Eating disorders are difficult and getting the appropriate support for them is key. Ashley works with clients on identifying the thoughts and feelings that lead to urges and behaviors as well as exploring and implementing alternative choices and behaviors. She also works collaboratively with an individual’s other treatment team members (dieticians, psychiatrist, etc.) as needed.

Anxiety/Depression & Adjustment

Anxiety and/or Depression-

Anxiety and depression are emotions that are commonly experienced, but often do not get shared about when some one needs help. Ashley supports clients with identifying anxious thoughts and assumptions, looking for alternatives, and implementing new actions and behaviors. Clients also explore ways of coping and managing mood that supports them living a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

Adjustment-

Adjustments can be difficult. Having someone to support you in exploring what new life circumstances and situations are can be very beneficial in a lot of aspects of life. Ashley works with her clients to explore thoughts and feelings around this and develop and implement tools that support clients with communication, self care, time management, boundary setting, and other important life skills.