Sexual and reproductive health concerns can have a strong impact on your ability to connect with and feel confident in your body. The exhaustive, and often invasive, treatment of sexual and reproductive concerns can lead to feelings of disconnection and discontentment with your body. Many of my clients experience frustration with their bodies and find themselves stuck in patterns of self-blame or self-judgement. Some signs that your perceptions of your body are impacting you may include body image related isolation or avoidance, feelings of self-consciousness or shame, and changing your behavior due to your feelings about your body.
I help clients create a space where they can reconnect with and attune to their bodies, building awareness of ways that their bodies can be a source of wisdom and power. My hope for each client that I work with is they can begin to explore their bodies with a sense of compassion, and in doing so create a relationship with their bodies that is built on strength and empowerment.
Topics we may explore together in therapy include:
Feeling frustrated or angry that you body isn’t “working” the way you want it to
Understanding the needs of your body after a difficult diagnosis, such as infertility or endometriosis
Blaming yourself or your body for difficulties conceiving or carrying a pregnancy
Comparing yourself or your body to others who seem to have it all together
Difficulty adjusting to a postpartum body
Reconnecting with your body after fertility treatments, abortion, or surrogacy
Understanding how your body responds to intimacy, arousal, or desire