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BODY IMAGE & CONFIDENCE


Serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton and the surrounding areas, Anchoridge Counselling wants to support you with any issues you may have surrounding body image.

How often have you looked in the mirror and said,
 

"If I could just lose ten pounds, then I would be happy?"

"Nothing looks good on me."

"I'm so fat, I can't wear this."

 

We live in a society where there is a great deal of pressure to look a certain way and, therefore, many people do not accept their bodies. In a culture that values thinness and appearance over inner values, it can be hard to love and accept your body the way it is.

 

Body image problems are always symptoms of something deeper going on. It may find its root in trauma, but it can also be the result of criticism, health challenges or the persistent conditioning viewed through mainstream culture.

Unfortunately, we live in a society where we feel that our bodies define who we are. Although a large portion of people are displeased with their bodies, the body image difficulties can be part of more complicated problems, including body dysmorphia, eating disorders and severe depression. Just because our society is obsessed with looks and weight, that does not mean we have to passively accept the negative messages we receive about our body.


So, how do I gain confidence?
 

Body image is not rigid, but ever-changing. At Anchoridge Counselling, we recognize that it isn't as easy as "loving yourself", but moving to a place of learning acceptance and compassion for who you are. Our team of therapists will evaluate each person individually to determine what type of treatment is best.

 

Treatment is customized to fit the specific needs of each person. We use psychotherapy methods such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Self-Compassion and Talk Therapy to help individuals gain insight into the underlying causes of your critical voice, challenge the voice and maintain a positive relationship with yourself and your body.

 

Recovery is possible for every person with an addiction. You are worthy of help, no matter
how trivial you may perceive your problems to be.  There is no shame in reaching out – you are far from alone and many individuals are working towards their ideal outcome.

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