Body Positive counseling

Utilizing Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, and years of experience helping those suffering from disordered food and body thoughts. Counseling and Programs follow the foundational 5 Competencies based on the

Be Body Positive Model.

I. Reclaim Health

Uncover the messages that have influenced your relationships with your body, food, and exercise. Develop a weight-neutral, health-centered approach to self-care. Become the authority of your own body by sorting our facts from distorted societal myths about health, weight, and identity.

II. Practice Intuitive Self-Care

Learn to listen to - and follow - your body's wisdom. Acquire tools and resources to help you eat, exercise, and live intuitively. Trust your innate wisdom to guide daily eating, exercise, and life choices.

III. Cultivate Self Love

Develop a practice of self-love. Employ compassion, forgiveness, and humor as you leave behind the need for self-criticism. Gain confidence and free up energy to make life-affirming choices.

IV. Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty

Experience beauty as a creative, dynamic process. Inhabit your unique body with joy and confidence. Expand your imagination to behold authentic beauty in yourself and others.

V. Build Community

Connect to others through a shared positive approach to beauty, health, and identity. Role model love and respect for your own body. Build community to support your Body Positive lifestyle.


  • Connie Sobczak’s book embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!) available in book form and audio for easy listening when stuck in traffic. Provides guidance answers to common questions about the relationship between mental/emotional health and physical health; demonstrating how to gain connection to our inner wisdom.

  • Linda Bacon’s book Health at Every Size; available in book form and audio for easy listening when stuck in traffic. Provides answers to common questions about the relationship between weight and health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, etc., and it does a nice job of helping you handle any resistance that comes up when learning these ideas. There are some problematic sections in food politics. 

  • Body of Truth by Harriet Brown, a respected science journalist. The book systematically unpacks why myths about weight persist in society and healthcare, and what we can do to change that.




  • ASDAH's HAES Webinars, a wonderful collection of free presentations by leaders in the field about basic HAES principles, using HAES approaches with various populations, and more.

  • The Be Nourished trainings for health professionals, including basic training on how to build HAES principles into your practice, and a certification program for those who are serious about becoming weight-neutral wellness professionals. 

  • Fiona Willer, RD's Health, Not Diets online training and workshops, which offer foundational education in HAES and the non-diet approach for dietitians.

  • The HAES Curriculum videos. This peer-reviewed curriculum was created as a joint venture by ASDAH, the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance, and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. It was designed for use in higher education, including (but not limited to) introductory and advanced health and nutrition courses and professional training programs. 

  • The Intuitive Eating Counselor or Coach certification, by the original intuitive eating pros, Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD. HAES principles are integrated throughout the program, and there are certification options for both health professionals and laypeople.



  • The Academy for Eating Disorders conference (ICED). This organization of medical and mental health professionals and researchers promotes evidence-based practice for the treatment of eating disorders. Conferences include multiple presentations on using a HAES approach (but not all). 

  • The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) conference. BEDA is a national organization focused on providing leadership, recognition, prevention, and treatment of binge eating disorder and associated weight stigma.

  • The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) conference. IAEDP is an organization devoted to education and training standards for eating disorder treatment providers and allied helping professionals.

  • The Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) conference. MEDA’s mission is to combat the continuing spread of eating disorders through educational awareness and early detection. MEDA serves as a support network and resource for clients, loved ones, clinicians, educators, and the general public.

  • The Renfrew Center Foundation conference. The Renfrew Center Foundation, founded in 1990, is dedicated to advancing the education, prevention, advocacy, research and treatment of eating disorders. 

  • In addition, the Association of Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) holds a biannual conference devoted entirely to education about the principles of HAES, weight and size acceptance, and non-diet approaches.