But for women who just want some help jump starting their body image journey I feel that I have a lot to offer in consultations. I imagine I could even do some of this by email or phone for anyone out of the area. First I want to work on writing up some support materials and exercises. I can draw upon the classes I've done before and attended myself, but I want to bring in some additional information from my background in Anthropology and my experience with the paradigm behind cognitive therapy. I'm imagining a whole new set of exercises and handouts I can design. It's really exciting. I would love it if this took off to the point where I could simply be my own boss.
I'm still pondering the cost of my classes, how long they should be, whether I should structure them as a series or stand-alone classes (or do some combination of both) and what groups I want to do classes for. So far I have thought of the following types of body image issues that people may have:
issues with the aging process
issues of size (fat, thin, short, tall, etc.)
issues of disability, illness, scars or related body differences
men and body image--men are increasingly pressured now to fit the action hero ideal in the media
transgender, both pre and post surgery
race or ethnicity and body image
I have a lot to think over. If anyone reading this has some feedback about what they'd like to see in a body image class (or series), please feel free to comment!