• Body Image,  Guest Blog

    Body Image: Change Your Narrative

    If you are not feeling good about your body know that you are not alone. Body dissatisfaction is so common that the research literature even refers to it as normative discontent, meaning it is normal not to feel good about your body. We are bombarded with messages that our body is not good enough. Think about a trip to your local CVS or Walgreens and how many products they sell to improve or change your body (Read about CVS Beauty Mark). We also live in a diet culture where we are told that our body should be thin. If it is not, then there is something wrong with us and…

  • Anxiety and Depression,  Parenting,  Self-Harm,  Teen Therapy,  Trauma

    The Misconceptions Behind Self Harming Behaviors

    Self harm is on the rise* in the US and around the globe. Yet many misconceptions around the behavior continue to persist. These misconceptions often lead to missed opportunities to intervene and provide proper treatment. It also leaves those who self-harm feeling stigmatized and ashamed to ask for help.   What is Self Harm?  Self-harm is the more commonly used word for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI). Mental health professionals use the definition of NSSI from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5): the deliberate, self-inflicted destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent and for purposes not socially sanctioned, includes behaviors such as cutting, burning, biting and scratching skin.  While the…

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