In episode 6 from our podcast, we discuss body image, the negative impacts of body shaming ourselves, obsession with ‘perfection’, how we look and what we need to do to combat these feelings. In this conversation, we’re joined by Dr Nicole Schnackenberg who brings clarity to this ongoing conversation within society and what we need to be focusing on and do to love ourselves again.

Dr Nicole Schnackenberg is a child, community and educational psychologist; yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Nicole divides her time between working as an educational psychologist in Southend-on-Sea, Essex and her position as a trustee of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. She is also a director of the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance and a trustee of the Give Back Yoga Foundation UK.

Nicole has authored books on food and body image struggles: ‘False Bodies, True Selves: Moving Beyond Appearance-Focused Identity Struggles and Returning to the True Self’ and ‘Bodies Arising: Fall in Love with your Body and Remember your Divine Essence’. She co-authored ‘The Parent’s Guide to Body Dysmorphic Disorder’ and co-edited, ‘Reflections on Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Stories of Courage, Determination and Hope’. Nicole is currently co-editing ‘The Practical Handbook of Eating Difficulties’ which will be available through Pavillion Press in Autumn 2021.

Here are a few book recommendations relevant to our discussion:

Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi,

The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel Van der Kolk,

The Body Remembers – Babette Rothschild,

The Drama of Being a Child – Alice Miller,

The Feeling of What Happens – Anthony Damasio,

The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell,

Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self – Allan Schore,

The Polyvagal Theory – Stephen Porges.

Follow Dr Nicole Schnackenberg on Facebook at @falsebodiestrueselves and visit

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