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3 Lies Teen Girls Believe | Orlando Teen Counselor Dana West, LCSW

By |June 27th, 2014|

Ever stopped and wondered what happened to my sweet little baby girl while glancing at you’re teenage daughter struggling with self-esteem, relationships, and mood swings? It seems that it is a rite of passage in our society for teenage girls to battle with all these issues before discovering their value, worth, and place in adult

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Instagram Beauty Pageants | Orlando Counselor | Teen Girls Self-Esteem | Toddlers & Tiaras | Tips for Parents

By |April 26th, 2013|

From Toddlers and Tiaras to Instagram Beauty Pageants, young girls are throwing themselves onto the merciless stage of judgment, comparisons, criticism and pain.

According to an ABC News report, “Among the hottest activities on social media these days is Instagram’s beauty contests, where young girls go head-to-head in cyber beauty pageants online and on their phones,

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Body Image HERO? Stella Boonshoft | Bikini Picture | Social Media Phenomenon | Orlando Counselor

By |December 1st, 2012|

Body Image HERO: Stella Boonshoft | Bikini Picture |Social Media Phenomenon | Inner Beauty Coaching Tips Orlando Lake Mary Clermont Florida

Eighteen-year-old Stella Boonshoft stood in her dorm-room and did the unthinkable…or at least that what our American culture would perceive to be the ‘unthinkable’. Full-figured Boonshoft posed in her bra and panties, beaming with a big,

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Toddlers & Tiaras | Healthy or Harmful? | Orlando Family Counselor | Are Moms Living Vicariously through their Daughters?

By |April 13th, 2012|

Toddlers & Tiaras | Moms living vicariously through their daughters | Healthy or Harmful?

TLC’s hit show Toddlers & Tiaras showcases the real life drama of beauty pageants and the behind the scenes chaos. Temper tantrums, explosive arguments and competitive mothers have become the drawing card for millions of viewers. With a great deal of controversy,

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Hunger Games | Orlando Therapist | 5 Tips for a Healthy Body Image | Did Hollywood Finally Get it Right? | Jennifer Lawrence

By |April 3rd, 2012|

The box-office hit movie, The Hunger Games, raked in millions of dollars opening weekend. However, the star of the film, Jennifer Lawrence, has been criticized by some viewers as being too heavy for the role. Lawrence, a beautiful, fit actress of a healthy weight has publicly denounced Hollywood’s idealization of skinny, waif-like women and has

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Eating Disorders Therapist on Current Trends | 6 Facts You Likely Didn’t Know

By |March 16th, 2012|

Celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Nicole Richie, Ashlee Simpson, Oprah Winfrey, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Wynonna Judd have each shared, publicly, their issues with eating. Their openness contributes to increased attention and understanding of eating related issues. Increased diagnoses of eating disorders may be due to better detection and society’s increased understanding of eating disorders. Some