3 Things To Try On A Bad Body Image Day

3 Things To Try On A Bad Body Image Day

We live in a culture of scarcity or "never enough" and women's bodies rarely (arguably never) escape unscathed. According to research by Brené Brown, PhD, nearly all women feel ashamed of their bodies at one time or another. For many women, our relationship with our...

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Defending Your Soul Against Diet Culture

Defending Your Soul Against Diet Culture

“Does it matter if you gain weight?” I mumbled under my breath in between bites of my breakfast sandwich last Sunday. I was at a restaurant having brunch with six women to celebrate a dear friend. Minutes earlier, the conversation had turned a corner to an...

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Tele-what? Telehealth Counseling Services at ESC!

Tele-what? Telehealth Counseling Services at ESC!

I grew up on the western slope of Colorado which was a beautiful, wonderful place to live and play. It's also where my eating disorder developed and flourished until I sought treatment years later during college in Denver. When I left Grand Junction for grad school,...

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Welcome Lisa!

Welcome Lisa!

I’m thrilled to announce that Lisa Mareb, MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S is joining the Embrace Strength Counseling team! Lisa is passionate about helping teens and adults develop a more fulfilling relationship with their mind, body, food, and spirit. She specializes in eating...

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3 Steps Towards Body Acceptance

3 Steps Towards Body Acceptance

We all have a relationship with our body.  The question is what kind of relationship is it?  Is it one of struggle and pain or acceptance and gratitude?  Many of us are at war with our bodies and the battle begins at a very young age.  This war comes at a cost to our physical, emotional, financial, relational, and mental well being.  If you want to change your relationship with your body, here are three steps you can take towards accepting your body exactly as it is.

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Back To Basics: Reflections on Motherhood

Back To Basics: Reflections on Motherhood

I recently returned from maternity leave and have been reflecting on how becoming a mother has reinforced some key lessons I learned on my own journey of recovery and that come up often in my work as a counselor. #1 – I Am Strong This became my mantra in recovery and...

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Self-Worth: Living from the Inside Out

Self-Worth: Living from the Inside Out

It's February and I still can't turn on the TV without being inundated by advertisements for weight loss products, diets, and exercise routines.  It happens every year post-holidays as advertisers try to capitalize on New Year's resolutions and holiday guilt.  As a...

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A Picture of Stress Among College Students

A Picture of Stress Among College Students

It's that time of year again - back to school!  For many, it's a time of excitement and anticipation but it's also a time when many students and parents experience increased stress and anxiety.  Stress among college students is high because of the transition to young...

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