Food, Feelings, and Body Image

Helping adolescent females find a healthy and positive balance

The CarePlus Food, Feelings, and Body Image group helps females who are struggling with healthy eating habits, address their body image and self-esteem.

In most cases, disordered eating is a way of coping with underlying stressors. This CarePlus group will serve to support adolescent females as they navigate psychological, cultural, and physiological pressures. Participants will find a healthy and positive balance as their minds and bodies grow and will be provided with appropriate interventions to help prevent progression to a more serious mental health challenge.

Program Goals:

This 8-week program will explore:

  • Positive coping skills
  • How to regulate feelings
  • Negative body image beliefs
  • Physiological stressors
  • Developmental body changes
  • Healthy nutrition options

These goals will be met through:

  • Self-reflection activities
  • Exploration of societal expectations and messages
  • Discussion of irrational and distorted beliefs

About the facilitator…

Marisa Campanella-Harris, MS, LAC, NCC

Marisa Campanella-Harris is a Licensed Associate Counselor who specializes in adolescent development. She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, American Counseling Association and the New Jersey Counseling Association.

Marisa is currently a clinician with CarePlus. She has several years of experience working with adolescent girls with negative body image and self-esteem, and has had extensive training with The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey, which specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Marisa is passionate about her work and uses a relational framework with specific interventions to support the development of self-esteem, positive body image and healthy relationships with both food and family.

Have questions? Call Gabriella Urato, LSW at 201-797-2660 x5210 for more information and scheduling.