Whatever the reasons are for people being fat -- the medical profession, our friends, families, and workplaces tend to have negative thoughts and feelings about fat people - and relate to fatness as a moral failure. If you want community and support, want to live your best fat life but don't know how, if you take medication that has led to weight gain, if you want to just be accepted as a human being ... please consider joining the Fat Liberation Therapy Group I run.
Culture and society in the US values youth, fitness, being able bodied, sports, appearance, diet culture, and so many other harmful "Norms". The fatphobic environment we live in encourages people, especially medical providers, to be dismissive at best of people who are fat for any reason, supporting chronic or "yo-yo" dieting, and frequently leads fat people into eating disorders, unhealthy relationships with food, and a higher weight than when the diet started.
Research conducted by Dove showed that nearly 90% of women—and 84% of all adults—living in larger bodies have at least once in their life been shamed because of their body size. Many have also been discriminated against because of their body size, with 78% of women and 65% of all adults living in larger bodies experiencing discrimination at least once. Race also plays a key role, with women of color living in larger bodies more at risk of discrimination than white women. Body size discrimination denies people necessary—even life-saving—medical treatment, contributes to financial inequality, and creates serious mental health challenges.
Point Allerton Therapy is a private practice LLC in Massachusetts. T.Lee Shostack is an LICSW providing teletherapy to anyone who lives in the state. The practice has current openings for the clinical supervision group, relationship therapy and individual therapy. Our two client groups, Chronic Health Issues and Fat Liberation, are currently full, and will be accepting new clients in January 2023.
T.Lee uses she, they, and zee pronouns.
The practice specializes in working with people dealing with many of the manifestations of anxiety. We focus our clinical work on people in larger bodies through a fat liberation and HAES (Health At Every Size) lens; people who are LGBTQIA (and I provide GAS letters as a stand alone service as requested); creatives; college students and those in higher education or academia; creatives; people who are dealing with chronic health issues; I strive to be an anti racist provider and I work hard to be transparent, learning from those who are not my clients, and highly accountable.
Training and methodologies:
T.Lee uses a variety of methodologies and techniques based on what the challenges are, including narrative, motivational interviewing, liberation health, social therapy, relational work, harm reduction, medical social work, positive, postmodern, and strengths based models, including post graduate trainings.
Are we a good fit:
I always provide free consultations to potential clients as my experience is that is the best way to determine this.