There is currently tremendous pressure on people to try to make their bodies conform to narrow social norms and to follow an unrealistic thin ideal. Few areas in life are loaded with as much judgement as physical appearance and particularly body size. The social pressure to be a certain size promotes widespread body image issues and increases the risk of difficulties with mental health such as anxiety and depression.
Our approach to concerns related to body size
Your relationship with food and your body is highly personal and our practice does not subscribe to any single treatment model or philosophical approach. We endeavour to provide treatment that is backed by research, that is respectful, judgement-free and centered around you. Some people find that working on self-acceptance, body-image and the impact of coping with the social over-valuing of thinness is key to improve their overall physical and psychological health. Our treatment is informed by the principles of Health At Every Size (HAES) and also respects the entitlement of every client to set their own agenda for therapy. For other people, there may be more direct work that is needed to improve their relationship with food. Some people have highly personal reasons for needing to include weight management strategies as part of their therapy. We consult with you to understand what your particular concerns and goals are and work with you to develop a thorough and individual treatment plan that will serve your needs. Here are some of the components of therapy that might be included in your work with us: