I am proud to be a Certified Body Trust Provider and bring this truly compassionate and empowering approach to the world.

Body Trust is an approach to healing body shame and disordered eating based on the clinical work of my mentors and colleagues, Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, founders of Be Nourished. 

The foundations of Body Trust are:

  • Addressing internalized weight stigma
  • Building resilience
  • Moving toward liberation from individual, cultural and systemic body oppression

Let me explain further…

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties. Think elasticity. Think toughness. You can cultivate resilience. I can help you.

Resilience can be expanded beyond being able to recover quickly, and simply be being able to claim moments of recovery period whether they take minutes, days, weeks, or years to emerge.  

As the social researcher Brené Brown, Ph.D. says, “sometimes we have to do tough things and feel our way through tough situations, and we have to feel tough emotions.”

Together we can build your resiliency muscle. We can practice feeling our way through a culture that is often openly waging war on our bodies.  We can practice letting all emotions, even the ones that seem the biggest and the hardest to feel, be felt.

What is liberation?

Straight from Google Dictionary, liberation is:

“The action of setting someone free”

“Freedom from limits on thought or behavior”

“Release”

In what ways could you set yourself

free?

As we consider what moving toward more liberation in your life could look like, we will explore what the barriers are, both inside and outside, to more freedom. 

You have a right to informed choice, to live in peace and belong in your own body. 

 

The focus of the work is on you, but the reality is we are both living, breathing people grappling with being surrounded by several multi-billion-dollar industries whose livelihood rests on keeping us at odds with our bodies. At the same time, the systemic ignorance, hatred and fear human-kind continues to face around things like race, gender and class have an effect. I can support you in finding more internal freedom and yet when we acknowledge the bigger systems we are both surrounded by, this quote sums it up well:

 

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us walk together…” Lila Watson

“Jen roots her work in compassion, skill, and trust. She embodies Body Trust from the inside out and is a fierce advocate for freedom for all bodies.”                     

Hilary Kinavey MS LPC Co-founder of Be Nourished & Body Trust® 

“Jen is deeply committed to bringing the radically different healing paradigm that is Body Trust into this world. She lives and breathes the work, personally and professionally. Jen’s warm, compassionate presence will benefit anyone seeking support to heal body shame.”                     

Dana Sturtevant MS RD Co-founder of Be Nourished & Body Trust® 

I am humbled to be part of a growing community of multi-disciplinary Certified Body Trust Providers and offer care that does not promote weight stigma. I will not suggest weight loss as the solution to your suffering. 

Pictured here are several of the members of the first cohort of Body Trust Providers. We started our journey together and still consult with and support each other in this sacred work. 

Photo credit: Vivienne McMaster of Be Your Own Beloved.

 

Reach Me

Jennifer DiGennaro MA LLPC                          1324 Lake Drive Suite 8                                          Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508

Tel: 616.446.6728
E-mail: Jen@NourishedEnergy.com

Schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with Jen