I’d like to introduce myself to you. My name is Ilene Leshinsky. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) which means I am licensed as a psychotherapist in New York State and I have had over fourteen years of counseling experience working especially with women.
I graduated from Boston University School of Social Work specializing in counseling adults and in group work. I love working with women of all ages (including adolescents). It’s not easy being a woman in today’s world with multiple demands on our time and energy. I’m gratified when I can help women learn to carve out time for themselves, to enhance their lives and their interactions with their loved ones. It’s amazing how depression lifts and anxiety lessens when we learn to value and take care of ourselves.
Women come to me who are struggling with weight, eating and body image issues. Women also enter counseling because they are feeling stuck in their relationships or are feeling that their self esteem needs bolstering. Some women come because they are still experiencing the repercussions of childhood or adult trauma. If you are one of these women, I hope you will get in touch with me.
I love working with groups. There is something very powerful about learning that we are not alone, that even though our issues are individual, they are also universal, and therefore we can both learn from and be supported by others. BodySense, a program that I created for women in conflict with food, weight, and body image, combines my two loves – working with women and group counseling.
BodySense is not about dieting or about following someone else’s prescription for weight loss. Statistics dramatically reveal that ninety-eight percent of us who have dieted have gained back our weight within two to five years. Over and over we’ve been left with extra weight, the nagging question “Why can’t I do this?” and most harmfully, lessened self-esteem because we failed again. BodySense is about finding our own individual way to becoming strong and healthy for life.
BodySense is about exploring our relationships with food, with our bodies, with ourselves. It is a program for women built upon the foundation that problems with weight management are signals that something is out of balance in our lives. The BodySense philosophy is created from the beliefs that…we can learn to manage our lives without turning to food for comfort or protection…that our bodies have their own innate wisdom and will establish their own natural weight…that we can eat what we love without believing that food is the enemy…that we can learn to be at peace with our bodies…and that we are worthy of love and respect, right now, as we are
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