Isabelle Tierney is a life coach and licensed marriage and family therapist with an M.A. from Tufts University in Child Development. She is the founder of the Body Beloved Renaissance, a counter-cultural movement designed to shift us from shaming our bodies to seeing them as sacred.
She is also a certified energy healer from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Isabelle has been in private practice internationally since 1996 with a strong specialty in healing eating disorders, body image issues and other painful habits and addictions. Her bent is psycho-spiritual, believing that we have to heal mind, body and spirit to truly become whole. She is committed to helping people live passionate, sacred and awakened lives.
Isabelle works with couples, families and groups. She also teaches, consults, trains and presents for various professional groups, businesses and organizations. Past positions have included adjunct professor at Naropa University and the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. She has lectured regularly at Core Power Yoga Bootcamp and is a contributing writer at Teen Truth.
Isabelle makes her home in beautiful Boulder, Colorado where she maintains a full practice locally and abroad (via Skype, phone and email). She travels internationally leading workshops, and retreats, speaking to audiences on topics such as body love, eating disorders, stress and addiction.
I had always been obsessed with my body –a painful, hateful, destructive kind of obsession. It started during my early teenage years when I discovered food as a brilliant escape from my traumatic upbringing. By the time I was 14, at an all-girls boarding school, my obsession blossomed into a raging eating disorder as my classmates and I competed to see who could lose the most weight.
Ironically, horrifically, I began to “fit in.”
I spent endless years staring at myself in the mirror, comparing my body to others’. Without fail, I’d find mine wanting. Are my hips too big? Horribly so. My breasts too small? Undoubtedly. My stomach too round? Always.
I tried every diet in the book, eating only fruit for weeks, low-carb bacon and cheese for months, and salads for years. I worked out longer than my body wanted, harder than it needed, with more stress and hate than anyone ever deserved.
I truly believed that if I just made my body “perfect enough” I could finally be happy. Little did I know, the love I sought was the love I was denying myself.
After a 30-year struggle with an eating disorder and a fierce dedication to personal growth, my body obsession has turned into passion, fascination –a big old-fashioned crush! I finally understand something revolutionary: my body is beautiful and holy RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! The illusion that I’d finally be happy when thin or buff enough burst, when I realized I would NEVER find happiness in the violence I inflicted on my body, my Self.
Oh the freedom I now feel!
As I’ve shifted my lens from hate to love, I am endlessly in awe of my body’s strength, grace, and ability to perform miracles. I am in love with my hips, my stomach, my breasts. I wake up every morning (well, almost… I am still human, afterall!) filled with gratitude that love –not hate– now courses through my beautiful veins.
I’ve come to believe that the body is LOVE INCARNATE. It is alive, vibrant and dynamic. It longs for relationship and thrills at the affection I lavish upon it. It is my constant (and most unconditionally loving) companion, teacher and friend.
I believe every one of us is capable of knowing this same, boundless love for our brilliant bodies and I am here to speak this message on behalf of our divine, mysterious bodies.
Your body can be trusted.
Your body can be loved.
Your body IS love.