This Is My Body
An invitation to unlearn the lies about your body that make you feel less-than, and learn to love the home where your life happens.
Many of us know all too well the experience of living in bodies we're not entirely at home in, bodies we're told are not good enough, bodies that hold us in chronic stress, pain, or the aftereffects of trauma. Yet the stark truth is that when we hide from our body, we hide from our very life. Underneath the problematic cultural stories about our bodies is the truth of who we are and the source of our connection to others.
In This Is My Body, clinical therapist and award-winning researcher Dr. Hillary McBride offers a pathway from disconnection to embodied living by making peace with the living, breathing story of who you are.
Packed with illuminating research and stories from her work and deeply personal journey of healing from a life-threatening eating disorder, a car wreck the EMTs thought she wouldn't walk away from, and chronic pain, McBride brings meaningful insights to why the relationship with our bodies matters for the quality of our whole lives. A specialist in embodiment practices, McBride shares the truths and tools to embrace the whole of yourself and, in turn, experience your life to the fullest.
This book will show you:
- How to unlearn the lies about your body that hold you back from the life you were meant to live
- Practices for reclaiming your body--and your life--from stress, trauma, appearance ideals, and the expectations of others
- How to access the healing that is written in our very DNA
- Tools for regulating your emotions through physical awareness
For anyone who has ever felt unsafe, unloved, or insufficient in their own skin, McBride offers a better way toward health and true acceptance. This is the invitation to live a better story with your body, to come home to the gift of yourself and the wholeness that has been there all along.
About the Author
Hillary McBride, PhD, Registered Clinical Counsellor, is a researcher, therapist, and author, and speaker with a private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. McBride was treated for a chronic and life-threatening eating disorder for several years before beginning her journey to recovery. It was during her treatment that she became curious about the body, including how we think and talk about bodies individually and societally, and how that shapes our experiences of ourselves, others, and the world.
McBride’s experiential knowledge set the foundation for academic pursuits. For her master’s thesis, McBride researched how messages about bodies are passed between parents and children, and how women can develop and share healthy and loving relationships to their bodies. For her doctoral research McBride has explored how women in their mid and later life experience embodiment through the metamorphosis of the menopausal transition.
McBride’s clinical and academic work has been recognized by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association, and in 2017 she was awarded the international Young Investigators Award for her research and clinical work in human sexuality. In 2018 she was awarded the Government of Canada’s Doctoral Research Fellowship through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for her innovative and promising research, and she has been named an outstanding scholar and clinician by the University of British Columbia.
McBride’s research, academic writings, and extensive clinical training, have identified her as an expert in the field in the following areas: embodiment and the mind/body connection, body image, eating disorders, sexual functioning and sexuality, feminist psychology, trauma, trauma and spirituality, sex and spirituality, developmental psychology, positive psychology and the growth and thriving of the whole person, mothering, mother/daughter relationships, perinatal mental health, and neuropsychology.