Hi, I'm Aly. I am a mom of 3 and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Eating Disorders. After having my first child, I really wanted to create a group for moms to come and process their experience in their bodies in motherhood. I became so aware of all the focus on mom's bodies and pressures not only on a mom's body but also how mom's eat and feed their children. I am grateful for my career and working in a anti-diet space that allowed me to stay fairly grounded throughout my pregnancy and postpartum but I have still been disheartened with the amount of stressful messages mainly targeting mothers around their bodies and food. I wanted to create a space for mothers to honor the amazing transition of a mother's body while also holding space to grieve the loss of their past identity. Fast forward a few years, life got a little more chaotic with a set of twins and here we are years later, I am still feeling the pull to create a space for moms were they can be real and explore their relationship with their body and food.
Not only is it important for moms to feel secure in themselves but we also have a powerful role in helping build body positive kids. The more we have a positive relationship with our body and food the more we enable our kids to also have a positive relationship with their body and food.
Who should join? Any moms (or those that identify as a mother) who feel they can benefit from creating a more peaceful relationship with food and their body. Maybe you have a history of an eating disorder or have struggled with a pattern of dieting, maybe your body has just changed which has increased your discomfort in your body? Then this space may be for you.
The goal of this space is not to become perfect mother's or to promise that you will have mothering all figured out by the end of the 8 week. The goal is to help create a more whole, authentic space for moms.
Register before September 5th, 2023. First Group starts Tuesday, September 12th at 10am.
Alyson Lischer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego. In her practice, she enjoys working with adolescents and adults for individual, couple and family therapy. Her practice is focused on the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders and life transitions. She is also passionate about helping families and couples learn to support each other more fully and build genuine connectedness in their relationships.
Clinically, Alyson takes a client-centered treatment approach which aims to honor each client’s needs and internal strengths. Alyson approaches treatment collaboratively and strives to empower her clients throughout their treatment process. The goals of therapy typically are focused on helping clients heal holistically, improve coping and communication skills and learn to recognize their resiliency. Therapy should be a safe space for all bodies, therefore, Alyson is passionate about disrupting diet culture and is Health at Every Size aligned.
Alyson completed her master’s degree with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Saint Louis University where she attended on a volleyball scholarship. She completed her clinical training at Mariposa Center for Women and Children in Orange, CA where she taught parenting classes and provided individual, family and group therapy. She also finished some of her clinical hours in private practice in Monrovia and San Diego.
Throughout her career, Alyson has been committed to helping clients connect and access appropriate clinical care. She was the Director of Admissions and Business Development at Reasons Eating Disorder Center, as well as, the Intake Supervisor at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center. She is the immediate past president of the San Diego Chapter of iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) and is passionate about being involved in her professional community. She has completed trainings on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Seeking Safety and is a Be Body Positive Facilitator.
Alyson is currently offering Telehealth sessions within the state of California. Her primary office location is in Rancho Penasquitos in San Diego, CA.