Handling body image issues in our daughters

Melissa Johnson, PhD Adolescent Psychologist, shares advice for parents on the best methods for helping your daughter with body image issues and helping her instill a healthy body image
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Handling body image issues in our daughters

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It is not uncommon for girls six years old and up to be worried about being fat and to wonder if they should be on a diet. One of the things that we can do is help girls move beyond a sense of their bodies in terms of appearance and help them focus on the things that their bodies can do, moving beyond appearance. What are the things that they can enjoy in their bodies? How does their body feel after they have had a good run or a good swim or a massage at bed time or they have just eaten a sweet, juicy strawberry? Helping kids tune into the things their bodies can do and the things that they can enjoy in life because they have a body is a really wonderful way of expanding their experience of who they are in their bodies.

Melissa Johnson, PhD Adolescent Psychologist, shares advice for parents on the best methods for helping your daughter with body image issues and helping her instill a healthy body image

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Melissa Johnson, PhD

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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