Eating disorders and body image issues are incredibly common in teens, and is often found in those with tremendous shame or hatred for their bodies. Their relationship with food is often very complex and food becomes much more than just food. It may appear as dieting, avoiding food, undereating, or counting calories/carbs/macros, etc. But it can also appear as overeating, hiding food from others, and then possibly exercising, throwing up, or using other ways to balance out the binge. It becomes a dangerous game of tug of war.
For people with eating disorders, food is the enemy and their body is the battleground.
Therapy can be an amazing tool to unpack the many layers of body shame by finding space for self-love and compassion. The goal is to work towards healing to define a healthier relationship with food and more importantly… a healthier relationship inside themselves. If you are worried your teen may have a negative view of their bodies or problematic eating habits, therapy can offer a solution to find a healthier path. Your teen can live a happier, fuller life that isn’t defined by a number on the scale.
MEET JOSIE MCCALL, LSW
I am a therapist and licensed social worker. I specialize in working with children and teens that are struggling to feel confident in their own skin and have trouble fitting in with peers. I have a passion for working with children and teens that are socially isolated, shy, and have low self-esteem. Empowering them to shine as the amazing person they are is a central part of the work we will do together.
Teen DBT Skills Training Groups
Ages 12-14 & 15+
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic modality that has been proven effective in managing intense emotions, reducing self-harming behaviors, and improving communication and relationships.