New Year, New You? While New Year's resolutions may work for some, they often don't work for many. Dealing with body image and food issues can be very complex and have a lot more to do with social biases and emotional turmoil than it actually does with the foods we eat and the exercise we do or don't do. If you've found that dieting never works well for you, your gym routine has gotten old, or that you are always beating yourself up about your appearance or inability to feel confident, you are not alone. Join me in this 6 week, hour long introductory group that is process-oriented.
Intended for those who are interested in exploring and redefining their stories while telling their individualized truths in a way that fosters and supports body positivity and self acceptance.
In this group we will:
-Discuss the ways dominant culture (our diet culture) oppresses us and feeds us unrealistic goals for ourselves.
-Explore the ways your inner self critique reflects the dominant society's biases and how that keeps you feeling negatively about yourself.
-Work on reconnecting to ourselves in a way that supports self acceptance, empowerment, body positivity and self understanding.
Rebecca Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with two offices in Midtown, Manhattan. Rebecca specializes in life transitions, relationships, disordered eating, body image, stress management, and anxiety including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, or anxiety related to an upcoming life transition. Her practice is social justice-oriented and holistic in its approach.
While Rebecca’s work is rooted in Psychodynamic Therapy, she frequently incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help clients make behavioral changes and change thought patterns after they have gained a better understanding of the root causes of their thoughts and feelings. The holistic approach that Rebecca takes brings attention to the body as well, allowing for an understanding of the mind-body connection. Through the development of body awareness, Rebecca educates her clients on how their emotions may sometimes be reflected through physical symptoms, often called psychosomatic symptoms.
Rebecca also integrates other styles, such as mindfulness practices and the creative expressive arts techniques, to assist the needs of clients. Working with Rebecca, you will learn how to strive for balance as you develop a sense of alignment with your needs and how you meet them. She uses other forms of expression such as drawing, writing or movement to communicate and explore feelings and concepts. This can look and feel different for each person.
Rebecca guides clients in reconnecting with their bodies, often using the process of “embodiment,” a multilayered awareness of your body and how you connect to or relate to the world around you. This framework, as well as the creative expressive arts, can especially be useful for clients working through issues related to trauma, body image, and disordered eating. Rebecca provides guidance on eating intuitively and what body positivity can look like. She works from the Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective and educates clients on the roles society can play in disordered eating and self-esteem.
Rebecca provides a safe, welcoming and nonjudgemental environment where clients are free to express themselves. She looks forward to meeting you!