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Eating Disorders Recovery Group

For anyone who is motivated to dump the diet mentality and move in the direction of more respect for their own body, mind and spirit.

This Therapy Group is for people who are transitioning from higher levels of care, and anyone who needs group support in addition to individual therapy. We will focus on how to live in the real world with all of the food challenges it presents. Emphasis is on learning more about intuitive eating along with processing emotions around acceptance of being healthy at any size. We will assist each other in dealing with issues about body image, hunger, fullness, and the inevitable uneasiness that strikes when food is not used to hide feelings.

Sessions facilitated by:
Amanda F Jennings, MFT
650 Hampshire Road, Suite 218
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Amanda has over 10 years of experience specializing in successful treatment of eating disorders.

Limited to 6 particpants.
Monday Evenings 7-8:30pm

All participants must pre-register
Fee: $40/week or $150/month (paid in advance)

Please call 805.497.0077 or email amanda@amandajennings.com

What is good enough?

Many women walk around every day with a feeling that they are not “enough”; not pretty enough, not thin enough, not rich enough, not smart enough….(you can fill in the blank).

 

It can sometimes be a struggle to feel good enough to show up at work in the morning, or even get in the shower.  I hear questions about this all the time.  Why do I feel this way?

 

One thing I am sure of:  Being good enough is an inside job.

 

Have you noticed that voice that goes on in your head all the time?  You know the one…it tells you what to do, when to do it, how you are doing…  Is that voice critical or loving?  I am guessing most of you notice the critical messages.  If you take a moment to listen to it all, it may surprise you.  If you can’t think good things about yourself, how can you expect it from anyone else?

 

One way to begin to change this is to become aware of the “self-talk”.  Stop yourself when you have negative things about you rolling around in your head.  Replace these thoughts with something else.  If not something positive, at least something neutral.

 

Take time to note each negative thought that goes by without being challenged.  Make those thoughts kinder.  Be compassionate with yourself.  Remember that you are always doing the best you can to get from one moment to the next.

 

Beauty and Body Image

What Is Body Image?

  • How do you see yourself when you look at yourself in the mirror or in a photograph? What do you believe about your appearance?
  • How do you feel about your body? (weight, height, shape)
  • How do you feel In your body, not just About your body?

 

Negative Body Image:

  • Feeling ashamed, anxious or self-conscious about your body.
  • Feeling unattractive AND that your body size or shape is a sign of personal failure.
  • Awkward and uncomfortable feeling about moving around in your body.
  • A distorted perception of your shape (you think of part of your body unlike they really are).

 

Positive Body Image:

  • You feel proud and accepting of your body as unique to you alone.
  • You do not spend an unreasonable amount of time worrying about food, weight and calories.
  • While moving around you feel comfortable and confident in your body.

 

Some questions to ponder about yourself and your looks:

  • What messages about your body did you receive growing up?
  • What messages do you get now?
  • What messages do you tell yourself?

 

It is important, and feels better, to be gentle with ourselves.

We judge ourselves harshly – thinking that other women may see you as overweight – yet, the truth is, most of the other women are busy thinking the same thing, and so, don’t have time to judge you negatively.

There is hope to change all of that thinking.  I use a gentle, intuitive approach in therapy  that will help you get  in touch with the person you  were meant to be, in the body you have.  You can get to a natual, stable, perfect weight for yourself without constantly being on a diet, and having to always wonder if a food is right, wrong, or ok.  Please give me a call for more information, or to make an appointment to start the process today.

 

 

Here are some links that deal with problems of negative body image:

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art30227.asp

http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/nedaDir/files/documents/handouts/20WaysTo.pdf

http://www.something-fishy.org/

http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/