EveryBODY has a power within them, and together we can harness the strength of lived experience.
My name is Alicia Pinelli, RSW, MSW and I identify as a queer person with lived experience. I have struggled majority of my life with my own body image, self-esteem and disordered eating issues that made my believe that my inner strength had been diminished. However, it was these challenges that led me to learning how to embrace my body and identity.
When we are able to build our self-esteem and body image we begin to harness the power within us to overcome any obstacle society decides to throw our way. It may feel scary, overwhelming or anxiety provoking to start counselling, and that is okay. It is my passion, and goal, to create a space where we can go on this journey together. Where you are driver, in control of the process, and I am the guide to support you along the path.
All of the supports at Art of Thriving take a non-dieting, body positive, health at every size approach. The goal is not to change your body, but to build your relationship with it.
In order to do this we operate from a psychosocial rehabilitative lens, which takes a collaborative approach where we will work together to build an individualized wellness plan for your journey that suit your own needs, style and life. I have a passion for combining traditional therapy methods such as CBT, and Motivational Interviewing with creative interventions that can be done in person or through teletherapy.
Regardless which treatment method you connect with, the important aspect is keeping you at the center of all we do. So whenever you are ready, I am here, and we can embark on this journey together!