When you look in the mirror do you like what you see? Or do you say mean things to yourself and pick apart your appearance? Do you ever avoid activities because of the way you look? Avoid or dread wearing a bathing suit because you worry you are too fat?
Have you ever been on a diet? Do you find yourself eating when you are feeling stressed or sad? Do you have trouble stopping yourself when you are eating? Do you go from dieting to overeating and then back again?
If so, Healing your Relationship with Eating and Body Image is for you.
Healing your Relationship with Eating and Body Image is an intensive course dedicated to reconnecting you to your natural eating styles and learning to love and appreciate your body regardless of weight or shape. This in-depth course will help you to achieve a connected eating style and leave behind diets and the diet mentality. It will strengthen your skills and coping in multiple areas of your life that affect your relationship with your eating and body image. These include self-care, self-esteem, movement, relationships, perfectionism, and more.
It is not a weight loss program. although if you are above your natural weight, one of the natural side effects of healing your relationship with eating and body image may be weight loss. Our culture and the diet industry have driven a wedge between us and our bodies – disconnecting us from our hunger cues and our natural desires to move and be active. This course is for people who want to improve their relationship with food, or are feeling dissatisfied with their bodies. It will help you learn to love and respect your body again, and live your life freed from the constraints of body hatred.
This course was developed over the course of 15 years, and has helped many overcome the obstacles of an unhealthy relationship with food and body image. It addresses the multiple factors that contribute to these struggles and is based on both research and practice. I am in the process of converting it to an online form so that no matter where you live, you will have the chance to participate. It will be ready shortly. If you would like to be added to the waitlist for the course, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will notify you as soon as it is available.
The course includes assessments to track your progress, didactic educational components (written, video, and audio) as well as experiential activities such as relaxation training, mindful eating work, challenging negative self-talk, etc. There are week long practices to build essential skills which build on each other throughout the course.
Who May Benefit:
Women and men struggling with disconnected eating and negative body image.
The Instructor and Course Designer:
Dr. Andrea Bross is a Licensed Psychologist who has dedicated her research and much of her clinical work to eating and body image struggles. One of her true passions in life is helping women and men reconnect with their bodies and truly love and appreciate them. Dr. Bross wrote her dissertation on culture and body dissatisfaction, and presented her research and prevention work at multiple conferences (American Psychological Association National Convention, Conference of the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender, Counseling Centers of New York Conference).
During her APA Approved Pre-Doctoral Internship at Duke University, she trained under an eating disorder specialist and co-developed a “Healthy Body Perception Training” class which she taught multiple times at different Universities. At Colgate University, she served as the Coordinator For Eating and Body Image Concerns, and chaired the Eating Issues Management Team, Co-Chaired the Colgate Advocates for Responsible Eating Styles (CARES), and advised the Body Image Network student group. She offered many workshops and trainings for students, peer leaders, and staff on healthy eating and body image. She has a private practice in Hingham, and works with women and men in individual therapy.
Risks to Participants:
There are no known risks.