Leah Parisian, LCSW
Certified Body Trust® Provider
Philosophy of Practice
My Philosophy of practice as a psychotherapist is built on the foundation in the name of my company. With kindness, curiosity, and compassion, we work together on your personal therapeutic goals. The principles below are central to my work, and I incorporate them into evidence-based practices such as CBT, MI, Narrative, Mindfulness, and light DBT skills.
"Body Trust is a radically different way to occupy and care for your body. It is a pathway to reclaim your body and is completely counter to conventional “wisdom” about food, body image, weight, and health in our culture. Body Trust is paradigm shifting work that invites bravery and fierce body compassion."
My personal and professional Body Trust® practice is rooted in kindness, curiosity, and compassion.
I believe ALL BODIES deserve respect, love, kindness, and pleasure.
I believe there is no moral value in food, body size, or activity.
I believe in BODY AUTONOMY.
I believe that diet culture is harmful.
I believe that fear is a harmful motivator.
I believe that silence perpetuates injustice.
I believe YOU ARE THE EXPERT on your body.
I believe that there is healing power in your story.
I believe that community fosters power and healing.
I believe that resting is self-compassion, not "laziness."
I believe that when we know better, we must do better.
I believe that YOUR COPING HAS HELPED YOU SURVIVE.
I believe our BODIES ARE WISE.
I believe YOU ARE WORTHY.
The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) defines the principles of Health At Every Size® as:
"Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
Eating for Well-being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose."