I'm not shy about my anti-diet message. I’m a strong advocate of body acceptance and encourage my clients to derive self-worth from inner values rather than outer appearance. It's not always easy to practice what I preach, but I'm committed to trying my best. Last month, I got married. It was an incredible milestone that … Continue reading What My Wedding Taught Me About Beauty Culture
A few winters ago, I broke my toe when I rammed it into the corner of my couch. I knew I had injured it, but promptly went into denial. I ignored it for a few days, walking on it, exercising, jamming my feet into snow boots (gotta love Chicago winters), till the swelling and pain … Continue reading Accepting “clean pain” and letting go of “dirty pain”
Have you ever done that thing where you start saying a word over and over and over again until it sounds sort of singsongy and you forget what it even means? When I was little, I used to do this a lot with random "simple" words, like “awhile” and “because.” Yes, I was apparently born a word … Continue reading Why is language so trippy?
It’s 2016! When did this even happen? Time seems to pass at weird rates. How often have you asked someone about their day at work, and they replied, “Ugh, it was so LONG” or have you been asked about a trip and you responded, “it went by so FAST”? The passing of time can feel … Continue reading New Year, Same Fear (Part 1)
Warning: this post may seem harsh. “Thanksgiving” is a sly and misleading name for the part of American history it commemorates. It has a dark side, but it’s so hidden by turkey and stuffing and family drama and football that most of us can easily forget it’s even there. With Thanksgiving, Americans have created a … Continue reading Get REAL This Thanksgiving
Mindfulness means purposefully paying attention- without judgment- to what's happening in the present moment, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, a psychologist who developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. What I love about this definition is that it encompasses what Kabat-Zinn calls the full catastrophe of life. We tend to focus on the stuff we want to change, ruminate on the … Continue reading Welcome to my practice!