- Do you hate looking in the mirror?
- Have you canceled plans with friends because you don’t want people to look at you?
- Do you wish that you could escape your body or your face?
- Have you done things to change your body that you’re not proud of, like not letting yourself eat, or trying to control what you look like in other ways?
It can be impossible to grow up in the world today and maintain a positive self-image. Everywhere we look, we are inundated with images of what we “should” look like. This starts before we are even conscious of it, and for many of us, our poor body image is exacerbated by messages we receive from the media and from our families. The voice in your head that tells you the way you look is not okay can seem like it’s been there forever. And because it is so persistent and so very loud, it can be easy to just accept what it says as the truth.
This can lead you to not treat your body well, engaging in behaviors like restricting what you eat, shaming yourself for eating, exercising excessively, and putting yourself down. You could develop an eating disorder, which can have a serious impact on your health (and may even cause death). *While eating disorders are less common, disordered eating is something we see a lot of, and it can also keep you from taking the best care of yourself.
At Take Root Therapy we approach our clients with curiosity. We want to understand, and to help you understand, your relationship with your body, including how you have learned to take care of it. We will explore how you see yourself, which messages you’ve internalized and where they come from, and the impact these messages have had on you. We will spend time considering how you treat your body and why. What does your relationship with food look like? How did you develop this relationship? Once we have a clear idea about these patterns, we will work with you to determine which patterns are working for you and the ones that are no longer serving you.
With the support of your therapist, you can develop a different relationship with your body. You will be encouraged to be intentional about how you talk to yourself and how you treat your body. We will support you as you do this hard work, so that you can learn to treat yourself with the love and kindness you deserve.