In order for positive change to occur, self-acceptance is critical. How we relate to others and our environment is dependent on how we relate to ourselves. Unfortunately, it is our human nature to be overly critical of ourselves, and to not recognize that we are often the most to blame for our negative self-image. Group therapy and individual counseling can be extremely effective in helping a person realize how much their own negative self-talk is impacting their self-esteem and confidence. We teach our program participants how to separate constructive criticism from negative self-talk, while also teaching them how to engage in positive feedback exercises.
Developing self-compassion is one important way to end the blame and critique that interferes with an individual’s ability to be happy with and nurture themselves. This can also have a significant impact on a person’s ability to overcome their eating disorder behaviors.