LESLIE M. FAERSTEIN, ED.D., LCSW
Welcome! My site is a direct response to the lack of information on women's relationship to their bodies as they age. Products labeled "anti-aging" and such are the result of the world wanting us to buy into a non-reality of quick fixes.
My goal is to reveal how to accept our bodies and ourselves as we age. We are valuable - not invisible. We possess wisdom and power that is applicable to whatever path we choose NOW.
We are on the journey together and you've arrived at the right place at the right time.
About Leslie: Licensed Psychotherapist, Influencer,
Not Dead Yet
My personal experience with body image and aging has led to my deep interest in exposing the marginalizing of talented, smart women. Initially, in my psychotherapy practice, I focused on eating disorders. As my career progressed, I understood sociologically the far-reaching issues of body image for women; our youth-oriented society provides few, if any, realistic role models.
My goal is to sound the clarion call for older women to come together and examine what aging and body image means for them and for our culture. That’s why, as I near 70, and after four decades of working in the fields of nonprofit administration and Eating Disorders, I’m embarking on a new chapter as a Social Influencer.
Older women live at the intersection of sexism and ageism, and much of what we see and hear in Western Culture is unrealistic images of older women. We start to relate to these images — and fall terribly short — so that these messages become pernicious and self-destructive as we internalize them.You can find me talking and writing about these issues through panels, webinars, interviews, social media and media in general, web content, blogs, articles (maybe even a book!) and working with women individually and in small groups.
We are the generation who experienced collective “conscious raising” in our late teens and twenties. Now it’s time for us to come together again to support each other, own our aging bodies and how fabulous we are, and to let the world know that we’re not invisible and, most importantly, we’re not dead yet!
I received a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in Family and Community Education.
I have a private psychotherapy practice in New York City.
I welcome the opportunity to meet you and start the conversation.