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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How do I move toward realising and truly believing I am worthwhile?

    I grew up feeling I was unworthy and 'wrong' because I was very overweight from the age of 3. At around 25yrs I realised not everybody holds this opinion of overweight people. At 39 I've made progress to believing I'm worthy and equal to others but I am still struggling to completely believe it. I am still overweight (have lost significant amounts of weight a few times before but put it back on and more) and I believe my emotions and beliefs are stopping me from having real peace within myself, and in life in general (and therefore also from losing the weight for good). Thank you for any suggestions.
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    I have been working in Eltham, Melbourne as a relationship and family counsellor for over twelve years. I draw on current theory and research about … View Profile

    It sounds like you have done a lot of good work to make the progress you have already achieved to date. Perhaps you may need the support of a counsellor to take this further. Counselling can assist you in a number of ways, in particular (1) help you explore in depth the emotions and beliefs that sabotage your wellbeing. This may include examining what purpose these may have served in the past (including as a child) as well as currently (e.g. ways of trying to cope or get a sense of control over difficult things). (2) equip you with new skills and tools to cope and get a sense of mastery over things that are important to you, such as your weight. Self-esteem is often (though not only) linked to what we actually DO, not just what we think and feel - that is, I build a sense of myself based on what I know I have been able to accomplish. (3) Counselling can be a space to vision what you wish for your life, and to be supported to identify and complete the necessary steps to make this real. Counsellling need not be focussed solely (or even primarily) on what is problematic, It can also support you to strengthen and further develop your potential. All the best!

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