{ep. 036} Maria Paredes on Miscarriage and Body Image


Dr. Maria Paredes is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist & approved IAEDP supervisor, and owner of Three Birds Counseling & Clinical Supervision, PLLC in Greensboro, NC. She works with women and men who want to make peace with food and with their bodies, using Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating approaches, grounded in Relational Cultural Therapy. She's passionate about helping individuals live fuller lives, free from negative thinking, fear of food, and body hate. She believes ALL bodies have worth and that ALL individuals deserve to enjoy food, move in ways that feel joyful, treat their bodies with kindness and gentleness, and experience authentic connection with themselves and others. Maria recognizes that this healing must occur within the individual therapeutic relationship as well as within the larger, cultural environment, and thus embraces the role of advocacy and activism.

This episode definitely gave me all the feels. Maria was so generous sharing her personal story experiencing two miscarriages, and how that experience influenced her relationship to her body both during and after her pregnancy. We talk a lot about how miscarriage and pregnancy and postpartum can be beyond physically traumatic, but also emotionally and mentally traumatic. Give the episode a listen to hear our full conversation.

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