Today, Kathy is joined by Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, and their topic is a healthy body image is flexible. They discuss various definitions of body image, including the self-perspective of the internal self, and how body image starts being defined and developed as early as in infancy.
Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, is Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation, and has served as senior staff for over 27 years. Adrienne attended the University of Michigan where she also served as faculty in the School of Education. A body image specialist, she is a member and Co-Chairperson of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies SIG of the Academy of Eating Disorders, and serves on the Advisory Board of Eating Disorders Recovery and Support in Petaluma, CA. A fellow and past President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, she presently chairs iaedp’s Senior Advisory Board. Her trainings reflect her background in body-focused methods to treat eating disorders and body image. She is published in The International Journal of Fertility and Women’s Medicine, Social Work Today and Pulse, the journal of the International Spa Association. Author of chapters on the use of experiential and creative therapies for eating disorders in two textbooks, her work has also been included in the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. A frequent contributor to popular media, she has appeared on the TODAY show and Good Morning America Sunday.