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T.Lee Shostack, LICSW

(she/her, they/them)

Owner and Clinician

United States

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Sliding Scale Available
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Fat liberation
- Body liberation
- Therapists
- Higher education
- Ethical non monogamy
- Anxiety
- Life adjustments
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- fat liberation
- Liberation and healing
- Intersectional feminism
- Narrative therapy
- Social Therapy
- Client centered
Age Groups Served:
- Adults (18 years old and up)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- trans and enby
- people in larger bodies
- polyamorous
- disabled
- people pleasers
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

Let's work on who you were, who you are, and who you are becoming; talk about the narrative that has developed about your life and if that narrative aligns with your values; do you want to explore how the "isms" are affecting you and your mental health? I am passionate about using liberation, justice, healing, affirming and inclusive clinical work. We live our lives in groups – including families, friends, co-workers, or intimate relationships. When we go through emotional issues or pain, the relationships in our lives can become disconnected and then create even more emotional pain. Group therapy is an environment where we can develop our capacity to interact, connect, learn, work, play and be loving and caring. I run a fat liberation therapy group for people in Massachusetts and Vermont. My work builds community, challenges the idea that the problems are located in us and not in systemic issues, creates an environment where the pain can be shared and lessened, everyone knows how fatphobic doctors are, and raises a fist in solidarity with other forms of radical acceptance. I work with people individually and in group to challenge the thoughts and feelings we have developed in response to how we are treated in this world that places a literal monetary value difference on smaller bodies than fat bodies, and the impact that has on our emotional and physical well being. In addition to therapy, I provide local resources of all kinds for clients in larger bodies.

About Me & My Practice

I have had training in the Fat Freedom Foundation and Body Trust as well as engaging with research. I came to this work as someone in a larger body who was struggling with diet culture, fatphobia and the rest, needed support, realized how little support was out there, and determined to help others on this journey. Isolation for super and infini fat people, body image, grief, shame, doubt, self esteem / self worth / self confidence, as well as experiences of gaslighting by the medical community are sadly common experiences for those who are a large fat or on the higher end on the weight spectrum. For marginalized and oppressed people - and fat people are marginalized in the US - belonging, community, validation, connection, being valued, commonalities, resources, and caring are the antidote, and I work to provide those things in my practice. I provide a lot of validation for all the feelings we experience, a narrative that counteracts the messaging we are inundated with, facts and research if and when that is useful, as well as other ways to relate to our bodies and the world. I have successfully worked with a lot of people to transform how they feel about themselves, the world, and their place in the work and in this world.

Accessibility Considerations

My practice is entirely virtual. Potential access limitations might exist for people who are hard of hearing, cannot use or access zoom, or who have difficulty with virtual environments. ASL and other interpretations are costs that I would have to pass on to the client; as a solo practitioner, I cannot absorb those fees.

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