Accept Yourself!

Are you tired of struggling with your weight and body image?

Accept Yourself! is a paradigm-shifting Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Health At Every Size® treatment I developed for women and femme-identifying people with depression, body image, and weight concerns. Accept Yourself! can help you:

  • Understand your struggle with weight and body image.
  • Evaluate how weight loss has worked for you, and understand why your weight loss efforts haven’t worked.
  • Experience real healing from the damage that diet culture may have done in your life and feel liberated from blame about your body.
  • Heal from the effects of weight-based abuse and discrimination.
  • Respond effectively to health care professionals, family members, or others in your life who criticize your body.
  • Develop a healthy relationship with food.
  • Learn to accept, honor, and appreciate your body just as it is now.
  • Experience joyful movement and self-care, instead of punishing yourself with exercise.
  • Finally achieve the relationship, sexual, self-esteem, food, adventure, fashion, health, wellness, and any other goals and dreams that you thought only weight loss could buy you. 

I would love to help you find out if this approach is right for you! 

There is also a self-help book and a manual for clinicians based on the Accept Yourself! approach.

Research has demonstrated that Accept Yourself! works. Read the research here:

Berman, M.I., Park, J., Kragenbrink, M.E., & Hegel, M.T. (2022). Accept Yourself! A pilot randomized controlled trial of a self-acceptance-based treatment for large-bodied women with depression. Behavior Therapy, 53 (5), 913-926. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2022.03.002

Berman, M.I., Morton, S.N., & Hegel, M.T. (2016). Uncontrolled pilot study of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Health At Every Size intervention for obese, depressed women: Accept Yourself! Psychotherapy, 53(4), 462-467.

Berman, M.I., Morton, S.N, & Hegel, M.I. (2016). Health at Every Size and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for obese, depressed women: Treatment development and clinical application. Clinical Social Work Journal, 44 (3), 265–278.