The Inner Alchemy Podcast with Becca Clegg

The Healing power of metaphor and storytelling

 In this episode, Dr. Anita Johnston, Ph.D. and I talk about the power that metaphor and storytelling can have in the healing process. Think about the number of times that you hear something framed in a way you’ve never thought of before, likening something entirely different to your situation. With any luck, a lightbulb flips on, and all of a sudden, you have a new perspective! This is Dr. Anita’s awe-inspiring work: finding the exact combination of metaphors and stories that will help you reframe how you think about your healing, your relationships, and the world you live in. Listen now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts





ABOUT Dr. Anita Johnston:

Anita Johnston, Ph.D. is a psychologist, storyteller, eating psychology pioneer, and author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling, which has been published in seven languages. She is the co-creator of the Light of the Moon Café, an interactive online women’s circle and book club for her book.

Dr. Johnston has been working in the field of women’s issues, eating difficulties, and body image distress for over 35 years and is currently the Clinical Director of ‘Ai Pono Hawaii which has a residential treatment program in Maui and outpatient eating disorder programs in Honolulu. She is also the Executive Director of Eating Disorder Programs for the Integrative Life Center in Nashville.

Dr. Johnston provides virtual individual consultations and conducts workshops around the world. She is best known for integrating metaphor and storytelling into her training as a clinical psychologist to explain the complex issues that underlie struggles with eating, exercise, and body image.

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"We internalize the imbalance. We start to live our lives as though what we accomplish is more important than who we are."

-Dr. Anita Johnston, Ph.D. on the Inner Alchemy Podcast

"You want to be watching the pendulum swing, not riding it."

-Dr. Anita Johnston, Ph.D on the Inner Alchemy Podcast

"Your center is the CEO of your life."

-Dr. Anita Johnston, Ph.D. on the Inner Alchemy Podcast

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