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Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty, and Life after Pregnancy

Dena Cabrera, PsyD, CEDS
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May 08, 2013
Rowan & Littlefield Publishers
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Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty, and Life after Pregnancy is for every woman who has ever doubted herself or her self-worth after the birth of a child. Because most women spend much of their lives attempting to change their bodies, it’s not surprising that the weight gain that comes along with pregnancy (and post-pregnancy), coupled with the challenges of parenting, only exacerbate issues with weight, body image, disordered eating, and self-esteem.

Drawing on the wisdom of eating disorders expert Dr. Dena Cabrera, as well as the personal experiences of former anorexic Emily Wierenga, Mom in the Mirror is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual response to a female generation seeking its true identity in an appearance-based world. With chapters that deal with bruises from the past, misconceptions about pregnancy, life before and after children, marriage and motherhood, spiritual and physical nourishment, relationships with friends and family, and the changing role of a mother as her children age, it is a holistic approach to the age-old questions: Who am I and why am I here? Comprising personal stories, expert advice, reflection questions, and helpful tools, this book is an inspiring read intended for women everywhere who want to restore a positive body image and to overcome the insecurities that arise when pregnancy is over, and child-rearing begins.



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Dena Cabrera, PsyD, CEDS, is a clinical psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist with a wealth of diverse clinical experience, including over 24 years of treating individuals, families, and groups with a range of psychological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Cabrera is the owner and operator of Cabrera Psychological Services, a private practice specializing eating disorders, anxiety and ADHD as well as co-occurring issues.

As a former executive clinical leader, Dr. Cabrera has worked in all levels of care of treatment. She has worked at the helped run two of the most established and world-renowned eating disorder treatment centers. Dr. Cabrera is an advocate for policy change as it pertains to prevention, awareness, and treatment for eating disorders.

Her specialized training includes neuropsychological and psychological assessment, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Polyvagal theory.

Dr. Cabrera is a nationally recognized eating disorder leader in the field as well as a sought-after presenter. She is the author of Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life After Pregnancy, the first resource of its kind that speaks to moms through a personal and compassionate lens that assists in healing from body-image disturbances and eating disorders.

Dr. Cabrera is on the board and serves as past president of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals) and is the speaker’s chair for the local Phoenix IAEDP chapter. She is an advisory board member of Rock Recovery and a board member of the Eating Disorder Coalition.

Dr. Cabrera has appeared on nationally televised shows such as Anderson Cooper and The Early Show, as well as local Arizona networks. In 2023, she received the Excellence in Leadership award from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Dr. Cabrera has her own lived experience with ADHD. Her mission is to empower clients to find an identity apart from weight, shape, size, and struggles.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dena Cabrea maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. Dena Cabrea receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dena Cabrea is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders, the American Psychological Association, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.


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