Difficulties with eating and body image are about much more than just food and the body.
Attempts to manipulate food and the body often provide relief and distraction from underlying contributors such as feelings of low self-worth or intense emotions that feel out-of-control. The reasons for difficulties with food and the body are not the same for everybody. What is common, however, is that individuals struggle with these difficulties in secret as they often feel ashamed.
Individuals from historically marginalized communities often receive implicit and explicit messaging about their bodies that cause significant harm. We hear negative things about our skin tone (shadism), our hair texture, eye/skin colour, racialized facial features, body shape and stature that make us feel a deep sense of shame and lack of belonging. We internalize the message that our bodies are not good enough. And this makes us vulnerable to toxic sociocultural messaging about the value of thinness. “Maybe I will feel better in my body if I am thin?”
You no longer have to feel like a prisoner in your own skin. You can learn to reconnect, honour, and celebrate your body as it is.
Psychotherapy with a qualified mental health professional can help you heal your relationship with food and find a sense of home in your body. In our work together, we will uncover the relationship between your emotions, thoughts, and your eating patterns. We will work on helping you better manage your emotions by teaching various emotion-regulation skills. We will explore and learn how your early experiences with family, peers, culture, and important others shape your view of yourself, your body, and your relationship to food. We will then work to shift these perspectives to allow you to feel better form the inside out.