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My experiences with BFYB have been so meaningful and impactful. Throughout the Professional BFYB training, I was reminded again and again, why I do the work I do (as Registered Dietitian). I have always enjoyed working with people, talking about their relationship with food and their body. Through this training, I solidified my understanding of how I can go beyond my academic education to help others in their recovery from the repercussions of Diet Culture. Every body deserves to live in peace, harmony and freedom from weight stigma and our society’s harmful definition of an ideal body. I am empowered to take my lived experiences, along with all that I have been fortunate to learn from Ann, and help guide lasting and life-altering positive changes in the lives of others.
Thank you Dr. Ann for such a unique experience. It was an honor to learn from the source herself. Your work has touched me in so many ways and I look forward to passing on the self- compassionate approach to freedom from disordered relationships with food and body. As I continue to use the somatic practices and meditations with my clients, I have noticed a shift in my own comfort level. I believe having done the practices has helped me to lead and have an idea of what to expect. I, like others in the group, used to only feel comfortable giving meditation or breathing practices for homework but now I notice myself asking clients if I can guide them through a practice during sessions. I know which ones to use for what , I.e Finding Your ground: F,S,&S for increased anxiety, or Compassion with Another Meditation for someone who is struggling with relationships/feeling alone. My clients seem to enjoy it. I also use the card deck and I use my own experiences with the cards to teach common humanity.
The approach of self-compassion for disordered eating or eating disorders has given my practice an invaluable understanding of the treatment of eating disorders. I have also found that its application continues to positively affect those who struggle with other mental health issues. I use the practices, that I have learned in this program, almost daily with clients. Everyone responds in a type of awe and appreciation. It is an education that has exponentially improved my skills and understanding as a clinician.
After this training I realized that we can teach people to discover self-compassion through these somatic practices and self-reflections. I saw in my own body how these practices can regulate the nervous system. I found hope that people can recover long term from the devastating effects of eating disorders, disordered eating and struggles with body image. I came to appreciate the order of the program, too, and how we build the connection of body and mind and use this foundation to begin to approach the challenge of finding self-compassion. I came to see how self-compassion can in turn support the difficult work of taking steps to take care of one’s body and mind. I personally grew through this work as well. After this program I found myself thinking more self-compassionate thoughts, and the strident ubiquitous voice of self-criticism wasn’t so loud anymore. I even found myself feeling genuine gratitude towards my body and a greater desire to take care of it. I use the somatic techniques in my own life to tamp down anxiety and ride out difficult feelings.