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How Do We Live in This Body? Moving from Hatefulness to Gratefulness with Amber Parris

May 4, 2018


Amber Parris tackles the complicated concept of body image, how body image forms, and how we can take steps to get to a place of gratefulness and acceptance around our body.

  • Approximately 80% of US women say that they do not like the way they look. 53% of 13-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies.   Amber tackles the definition of body image and how we come to feel the way we do about our bodies.
  • Athletes are not immune to body image issues and in some ways, they may have a harder time with body image.
  • We discuss ways that we can begin to take steps to a place of gratefulness or acceptance around our body.      

So You Know She Is Legit...

 Amber Parris is the Director of Clinical Services for Residential Programming for Castlewood Treatment Centers in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). Amber has treated eating disorders for more than 10 years. She has had specialized training and experience in body image, EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. She is a candidate for the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist designation and has a particular interest in issues of intimacy and sexual addiction in eating disorders. She currently serves as Chair of Hospitality for the Alabama Chapter of International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Amber is committed to helping clients rediscover their sense of self and reconnect with their values and purpose to drive them towards recovery. 

A BIG Thank You To our Sponsor: Castlewood Treatment Centers:

 Castlewood is a Treatment Center in St. Louis, Missouri; Pacific Grove, California, and Birmingham, Alabama offering compassionate, empowering, and professional treatment for Eating Disorders and co-occurring diagnoses. With multiple levels of care (residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient) available, Castlewood works with gender diverse clients ages 16 and older. While the eating disorder is a distinct disease, we believe it is also a symptom of an attempt to cope with other struggles. Our treatment starts with a comprehensive conceptualization of how the eating disorder developed, among other related issues and conflicts that led the individual to rely on the eating disorder. Our mission at Castlewood is not to churn out weight-restored clients who merely look healthy to others, but to identify and address the internal wounds of those individuals and work toward a more healthy person, overall. For more information please contact us at 1-888-822-8938 or







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