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Psychologist to discuss how positive self-image contributes to good health

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Cheryl Marshall

If you'd like to learn more about self-image -- along with tips on maintaining or improving your self-perception -- plan to attend "Struggling With Self-Image? Seeing and Accepting the Beautiful Me," a program being presented from 7:00 -- 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville.

Erin Terada, clinical director of the Eating Disorder Program at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Naperville, a part of Edward-Elmhurst Health services, will facilitate this interactive program about body image.

As God's children, we are created in his image and are, when healthy, whole: We are our true selves who know, respect and appreciate the "authentic me" that is within ourselves. But today's culture often presents "false positives" that can tempt us into negative behaviors that erode true knowledge, respect and appreciation of ourselves.

Terada's discussion will help in recognizing these behaviors and understanding that good self-image, self-esteem, integrity, authenticity, compassion and caring are working attributes across a life span.

Terada, a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified eating disorder specialist, holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her specialized focus is treating populations with complex, multi-symptomatic problems requiring unique assessment and treatment skill sets. These populations include individuals presenting with self-injury, eating disorders, trauma-related issues and anxiety, and depressive disordered adolescents and adults.

Reservations for this program are encouraged by Friday, Oct. 20, to ensure seating. A free-will offering will be welcomed at the door.

"Struggling With Self Image? Seeing and Accepting the Beautiful Me" is part of St. Thomas' Wellspring series of programs co-sponsored by the Pastoral Care and Adult Faith Formation Departments. The series presents interactive educational experiences whose goal is promoting a wholistic way of life that includes body-mind-spirit integration and well-being.

For reservations or more information about this program, contact Marge Coronado, religious education assistant at St. Thomas the Apostle, at (630) 355-8980, ext. 118 or at mcoronado@stapostle.org.

St. Thomas the Apostle, a parish of the Diocese of Joliet, strives to bear the Good News of God's unconditional love to all generations through worship, faith formation, witness and service. Organized in 1984, the St. Thomas faith community numbers more than 3,400 households of more than 10,750 people. Complete news and information on parish events, guest speakers and special programs is available at www.stapostle.org. For general parish information please call (630) 355-8980.

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