Our culture is very focused on our bodies and what they look like.
(I don't know about others so much)
Beauty of the body is used for marketing, assessing, sense of self, etc.
Over my own lifetime the shape of the 'ideal' body has changed so much. What should my body look like?
We are inundated by advertisements about what we should look like.
How many of us actually believe that every body is beautiful?
How do you relate to your own body?
So whatever your body is like, be gentle to yourself... and to those towards whom you have judgment - positive or negative.
And remember, be kind to yourself: it will naturally follow that you will be kind to others
About Monique: Originally trained in psychoanalysis and Gestalt, I am certified in Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Comprehensive Resource Model and Past Life Regression. I am certified in both Reiki and Shamanic practices and ceremonies. In addition I have been a student of Meditation for over 20 years.
Although I recently moved from New York City to Syracuse (upstate NY), I was born in France, grew up in Central America and have lived in many different states and countries. Although moving around was difficult at the time, it allowed me to experience different cultures, ethnic backgrounds and spiritual orientations. This understanding is helpful in my work with my clients as it enables me to understand and put into context each person’s particular background and way of viewing the world.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I was an editor and a security analyst for a financial institution, a translator, an office manager for a community action group and program director in a community center where I developed several programs. These varied experiences have given me a wider lens to understand and connect with my clients.
In addition to providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples, I co- leading trips to South America to connect with and learn from Indigenous healers and wise elders, run a variety of workshops, teach clinicians how to use a multi-modal approach in their practices and help individuals and organizations in program visioning and development.
Monique's website: http://www.moniquelanglcsw.com