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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.

December 3, 2018

Becky and me at my wedding, March 2013

And finally – the fourth generation of women: my daughter, Becky.  The generation that breaks free.

Becky is now 38, but she was only three when I began to study and train with Susie Orbach and the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute. 

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October 22, 2018

 Sadie, Eleanor, Leslie, Becky (Junior Bridesmaid)

November 1990

“Women are trying to change the shape of their lives by changing the shape of their bodies”, wrote Susie Orbach, author of the seminal book Fat Is A Feminist Issue. My family was no exception.

As the third g...

August 28, 2018

Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Me, Father

My daughter's Bat Mitzvah, May 1993

My first blog about my Grandmother escaped before I had a chance to explain why I started my site (www.LeslieMFaerstein.com). My blog is a direct response to the lack of information on women's...

July 23, 2018

 (Aunt, Me, Mother, Brother, Father, Grandmother, Grandfather at my brother's Bar Mitzvah 1965)

“Women are trying to change the shape of their lives by changing the shape of their bodies”, wrote Susie Orbach, author of the seminal book "Fat Is A Feminist Issue".

Grandma

I...

It’s with great pleasure that my first blog is about the evening I had on May 2nd in New York City with some fabulous women, from 26 years old into their 70s. I was honored to be the speaker for amazing.community’s inaugural Meetup event at WeWork NoMad. The photo abov...

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