Body Revolution Inc.
Jenni Odell, M.A., LMFTis a graduate of Simpson University's MA in Counseling Psychology program in 2012, Jenni has served our community population as a school-based counselor within the Redding School District and as a private practice intern under the supervision and employment of Dr. DaLene Forester-Thacker before becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist in her own practice. Jenni has co-facilitated parenting groups and women's groups focused on body image, maternal legacies, and issues of self-concept. She completed the Daring Way™ National Training in February of 2014, and is currently a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, co-facilitating intensive workshops and providing informational talks to professionals and organizations on Daring Way™ concepts. She continues to pursue additional trainings and has particular interest in the areas of self-acceptance and self-compassion, gender roles and how they influence us personally and inter-relationally.
"I became involved in Body Revolution Redding because of my own experience with body image issues and disordered eating, my desire as a mother to raise children with positive body images and eating behaviors, and my work with clients who struggle to feel like they are 'enough.' My passion, my goal, is to promote positive attitudes about the uniqueness we all bring to life, and to support an attitude of healthy striving towards growth in all areas (physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual) rather than hustling for our worth from a belief we are flawed or lacking. As women, we have the choice to create a culture of competition or a foster a sisterhood supporting and valuing each other in all our diversities, but this isn't just a woman's issue. Celebrating diversity, embracing our commonalities, and fostering curiosity and understanding rather than judgment is how I believe we begin to change as a collective culture."
Kara Pate knows first- hand the destructive nature of eating disorders and addictions. Her battle began at 13 and freedom did not come until she was near death at age 27. It was through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, intensive therapeutic intervention and involvement in 12 step communities that she found her true identity and a life beyond her wildest dreams. Complete freedom is possible. For the past seven years Kara has worked as the west coast professional outreach representative for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. In this role she collaborates with other treatment centers and mental health professionals to find the best treatment options for individuals who are still struggling. Timberline Knolls is an incredible treatment center offering a nurturing environment of recovery for women and girls ages 12 and older who are working to overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma and co-occurring disorders.
Kara received her BA in Communications from California State University Long Beach in 2006 and her MAin Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University in 2012. She has held board positions for local chapters of both The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and theWomen’s Association of Addiction Treatment. Kara resides with her husband in Redding, CA where she just completed her first year at Bethel Supernatural School of Ministry.
“My passion in life is to see those struggling with eating disorders and addictions restored to wholeness through the power of an all-loving creator.”
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Hanna Kuyper the owner and founder of iamwell a lifestyle studio for women in Redding. Hanna graduated from Simpson University and is a certified nutrition consultant and holistic nutritionist. Hanna’s passion for helping women stems from her own experience with bulimia and body image disorders. Learning to love herself and nourish her body correctly gave her the passion to teach women how to do the same and prevent eating disorders and body image issues. Through positive self talk, physical activity and learning the importance of a balanced, healthy diet, Hanna strives to help women love themselves and feel their very best. Outside of the studio Hanna also participates in onsite company wellness workshops, in school programs and guest speaking at various events.
“My goal is to teach women that it is possible to love themselves, have a healthy relationship with their bodies and never have to go on a diet again! I try to shift the diet mentality and begin to focus on nourishing the body with real foods, moving because it makes you happy
and replacing negative self talk with positive!”
Jennifer Kleiner, AS of Social Science originally is from Redding California. She has been an advocate for the American Cancer Society since 2004, and has been an avid Relay For Life participant since. Currently leading as Team Captain and Team Ambassador for the local Relay For Life in Redding and Bandon Oregon. Jennifer has also been on the Relay For Life Committee for the Event Activities always looking to help anywhere needed. She participates in many local Non-Profit events through-out Oregon and California.
Jennifer understands body image issues and the impractical image of how people should look, act and do with themselves because she encounters the problems with it herself. She believes that "You should accept and love yourself for who you are because you are the only you. You should love yourself first and then everyone else comes next. You should be your own best friend not your worst enemy."
Alexandra Rusu is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, Registered Yoga Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist and Mother.
Alexandra intimately knows the struggles of body image and disordered eating. Food has always been her drug of choice. Starting in adolescence, obsessing about each meal and hating herself when she looked in the mirror, she began burying stress and frustrations in large amounts of food that never truly satiated her hunger.
She eventually realized "the hunger" was not for more food but for a deeper connection; connection with herself, with others, and ultimately a higher power. This realization lead to many years of deep internal work through the practice of yoga, meditation, ongoing psychotherapy, Jungian analysis, 12 step programs, healing nutrition, bodywork, daily exercise, self-care and more.
Her struggles with food have become what she now calls a "sacred wound" because it brought her to so many deep realizations about herself and the world. She is living proof that through sincere internal work our wounds can slowly become our wings.
Community and local resources have a huge role to play in our recovery. We cannot recover alone. We are all hard-wired for connection and we need each other to get better and become the best versions of ourselves. It is an honor to be part of this organization. Body Revolution is a generous contribution to the self-love revolution in a society obsessed with impossible perfection.
Alexandra received her BA in Transpersonal Psychology and Comparative Religious Studies from Naropa University and currently is in her 2nd year of the Depth Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Vice President and Treasurer
Organization Members and Coordinators
Becky Fogarty, M.A. is dually licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), MFC 46636 since 2008 and a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), LPC 1561 since 2014. Becky graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Human Development from UC Davis in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from National University in 2005. Becky maintains a private practice in Redding, California. Becky's experience includes working with individuals of all ages, couples and families dealing with eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting skills, children’s issues, and couples issues. Becky's current treatment focus is eating disorders, traumatic exposure, anxiety issues, the spectrum of depression disorders, couples issues, and all aspects of supporting the development and maintenance of a healthy self-esteem. Becky has been working with clients who suffer from eating disorders for the past seven years and trained under Eating Disorder Specialist, Dr. DaLene Forester, for three years. Becky has also co-facilitated groups on eating disorders and gives presentations to local college students about eating disorders. Additionally, Becky is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) by UC Davis, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) by Dr. DaLene Forester, EMDRIA and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) by UC Davis. Becky is a clinical member of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the current Treasurer of the Regional Chapter of CAMFT (RRC-CAMFT), and a member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
DaLene Forester Thacker, Ph.D.
In 1977 I was a teenage mom with Anorexia Nervosa and no where to turn for help. Actually, I didn’t even realize I needed help at that point. I continued to struggle with Anorexia for two years and Bulimia for the next 9 years. I believe what helped me the most was regularly attending a group for Eating Disorders. The group allowed me to talk with others who genuinely understood what I was going through and gave me a place to talk about the possibility of change.
Having eating disorders led me to become a therapist, specifically, to treat Eating Disorders. When I went back to school I thought if I could help one person cut their journey by one day less than 11 years, then it would all be worth it. That was over 20 years ago. Since that time I became a licensed therapist and have dedicated my work toward treating those with Eating Disorders. I also believe strongly in providing support and education to those who live with, love, and support someone with an Eating Disorder.
It has been my dream to create a non-profit organization to support community awareness of eating disorders, body image acceptance and the treatment of eating disorders. I thank each and everyone who donates to Body Revolution Inc. from the bottom of my heart. Your support really does mean the world to me.
"Committed to standing against Eating Disorders through an empowered community
that promotes light, love, & self-acceptance through education and community events."
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