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Health at Every Size® Healthcare Provider Listing

Maria Antell, LCSW


Social Work

Forward Motion Counseling LCSW PLLC
New York,
United States

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Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Body Image
- Life Transitions
- Grief
- Trauma
- Depression and Anxiety
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Intersectional Feminism
- Intuitive Eating
- Accelerated Resoultion Therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Trauma-informed
- Client-centered
- Mindfulness
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Gender Affirming
- Walk/Run + movement based
- Nature based therapy
Age Groups Served:
- Adults (18 years old and up)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- BIPOC folks
- Perfectionists/people pleasers
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

Through an intersectional feminist lens, I support clients in understanding the racist history of thinness in our culture and the systems at large that pressure us all to be thin, which has been placed on us for generations dating back to slavery and the discrimination of the black body. I help clients understand better ways to measure their health that are not weight-focused all while helping them achieve a better relationship with food and movement. For me, being a Health at Every Size® Provider means offering care and mental health treatment that is client-centered, without judgment of body size, shape, and weight, and with expert support when it comes to dealing with body image and weight stigma. Health at Every Size® Care is important to me because all people, regardless of body size, shape, or weight, deserve and need care without discrimination. The majority of my clients experience disordered eating and body image issues, which I assess for during an intake, and which lends an opportunity for me to provide the research that ASDAH has shared regarding health metrics. In addition to research and psychoeducation, I help clients consider body neutral thoughts through movement and connect them to resources that may help them feel connected to others who have experienced similar stigma.

About Me & My Practice

As someone who has always had a high BMI and considered "morbidly obese" since being a child, I can understand body image issues, disordered eating, and low self-esteem. These issues directly impact mental health and well-being. I always work to try and understand the perspective of my clients, recognizing that I am white and would be considered "small fat," and that I could not possibly understand exactly what it is like in a larger body and/or as a person of color. Advocating includes helping clients understand their rights at the doctor's office, helping them find ways to communicate their need for safety and professional care, education about risks of bariatric surgery and how to cope when weight loss is recommended, and support to deal with bullying.
Outside of work, I love to run, hike, garden, ski, camp, and spend time with my friends and family. A major support in my life are my dogs, Ringo and Eva!

Accessibility Considerations

Chairs can support up to 250 lbs. in my office. Building is a basement floor office; it is wheelchair accessible.

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