As women, we are faced with an obscene amount of unrealistic societal standards regarding personal appearance and sex appeal. Like it or not, we are constantly objectified by television, magazines, and multiple other social media formats. We internalize beauty standards from a young age, and often feel we need to look a certain way in order to be accepted or admired. It is no wonder that so many of grow up to struggle with negative body image issues. A combination of societal standards and past emotional, physical, or psychological abuse lend themselves to deeply engrained issues that are frequently difficult to overcome without professional help. We at Willow Place for Women have dedicated our lives to helping women overcome negative body image issues, and instilling in them a sense of love and acceptance for their personal beauty and uniqueness. Here, learning to love your body is simply a part of the overall recovery process.
Learning to Love Your Body
Learning to love your body is a skill learned over time – it does not happen overnight! And believe it or not, it is a process that comes from major internal changes, not from changing your outward appearance. When we feel good about what is on the inside, we radiate strength and confidence that helps us to feel better about the way we appear to others. Confidence is the best outfit a woman can wear! But how do we go about gaining such confidence?
Many of the women we at Willow Place work with have undergone some sort of significant past trauma – trauma that they have internalized and hidden from the world with a thick layer of shame and self-loathing. We work to uncover all underlying causes of substance dependency, eating disorders, and negative self-image, and treat these issues thoroughly and permanently.
Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse
In many cases, women who struggle with body image issues and eating disorders will simultaneously suffer from substance dependency issues. We at Willow Place specialize in treating both, and firmly believe that recovery from one disorder is heavily contingent upon recovery from the other. If you have been struggling with negative self-image and related consequences, we are here to help. Our program of recovery is geared towards instilling women with the self-love they need in order to accept themselves just as God made them. Self-love is truly a beautiful thing, and we have seen it manifest itself in many of our clients. Give us a call today and let us help you get started on your personal journey of recovery.