Body Political Therapy
I used to call myself a “body positive therapist,” but as body positivity has become increasingly co-opted by the diet and fitness industry and exclusive of those was founded by and for (people of color, fat people, trans and non-binary people, and others in marginalized bodies), this terminology stopped resonating with me.
And I’ll be honest, my type of therapy isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, which today’s mainstream “body positivity” suggests. The work I do is about digging deep, not only within ourselves but into the systems of oppression that contribute to our suffering. Sometimes we'll curse and laugh a bit together, too. Through this process we can begin to make sense of our pain and forge a future grounded in our values and resiliency. It’s inherently politicized, and as such, "body political" feels like a more apt descriptor of this work.
In the therapeutic relationship, you are the expert on your body and lived experience. I bring knowledge of what’s worked for many others and the skills and training to guide you in tapping into your own inner wisdom. I’m not here to “fix” you because you’re not broken. And while my own recovery from an eating disorder partially informs my clinical expertise, I am humbled by the reality that my experience is vastly different due to the many privileges I hold.
I embrace the perspectives of Health at Every Size (HAES), intuitive eating, and fat positivity, which celebrate size diversity and prioritize overall well-being above the number on the scale. My practice is affirming of all lifestyles and intersecting identities. Keep scrolling to learn more about my specialities as a body political therapist.