Body Image Issues

Body image is how you see yourself when you picture yourself in your mind or when look in the mirror. Most people worry about how we look occasionally or see at least one aspect of our physical appearance we don’t like. But for some, these occasional thoughts can become frequent and disruptive. People with negative body image issues may avoid social situations and experience problems in relationships, depression, anger, anxiety, isolation, self-loathing and/or an obsession with weight loss. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (or BDD) is one example of a body-image disorder, characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance. The good news is that body image can be changed and BDD can be treated. Contact one of TherapyDen’s body image issues experts for help today!

Meet the specialists

I help women, transfolk, POC, and fat people learn to cherish their bodies.

— Carolyn Moore, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

We live in a society that is SO hostile toward those who don't fit the traditional ideal of beauty, which, let's face it, is most of us! I practice under the principles of Health-At-Every-Size and Intuitive Eating and strongly believe one's health is not determined by one's weight. I do NOT promote diets of any kind and work with clients to improve their relationship with food and their bodies as is.

— Jacqueline "Jackie" Abeling, Marriage & Family Therapist in Maple Grove, MN

Having had bariatric surgery back in 2005, I've struggled with body image issues throughout my life. Having the surgery definitely didn't change my brain! There is a lot of work that has to go in to working on our mindset around becoming able to love ourselves and our bodies completely. Body image and self-esteem are so closely intertwined. By working on skills to become more accepting of our bodies, we can actually work to improve self-esteem without any physical changes needed!

— Amanda Dutton, Counselor in Stockbridge, GA

We live in a society that is SO hostile toward those who don't fit the traditional ideal of beauty, which, let's face it, is most of us! Scientific studies have proven time and again that one's health is NOT determined by one's weight, but you'd never know it given mainstream media and the medical establishment. I do NOT promote diets of any kind and work with clients to improve their relationship with food and their bodies using the principles of Health-At-Every-Size and Intuitive Eating.

— Jacqueline "Jackie" Abeling, Marriage & Family Therapist in Maple Grove, MN

Body image issues can be a consequence of a related problem or a source of distress in themselves. These issues can be interlinked with mood problems, eating disorders and sexual issues. I have worked with clients to be happier in their own skin. I am experienced in working eating disorders, and with obesity and emotional eating, often linked with body image. I am certified in psychological approaches to obesity. A specific area of expertise is body image in female athletes.

— Jessica Johns-Green, Licensed Professional Counselor in Katy, TX

I work to create an environment of understanding and having a positive relationship with your body and your mind together, mental and physical health as one. Self esteem and confidence are often what suffer when we are challenged with negative body image and our mental and physical health decline. I work with a team of health related individuals to address all of these issues as well as working with you one on one or in a group formate to address the underlying beliefs that have formed a poor relationship with you and your body.

— Amanda Woodard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO

Along with my training in OCD, I also have received training in the treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

— Kristin Fitch, Clinical Psychologist in Metairie, LA

Do you wish thoughts of your body would stop getting in the way of enjoying your life and your relationships? Is it hard to trust your body's natural changes? Has diet culture caused you to believe your body will never measure up to the ideal? I understand. It's complicated living in a society that is so vocal about the way our bodies "should" be. I specialize in helping clients build a trusting, appreciative and joyful relationship with their bodies. It's time to reclaim yours!

— Melanie Taylor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

A positive body image can lead to more sexual satisfaction. I work from a model that incorporates body positivity and empowerment and reduces shame, negative self-talk, and unrealistic body ideals. I help people overcome issues related to medical illness, postpartum, aging, and sexual trauma.

— Shannon Chavez, Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

I believe that the relationship with our bodies is the most significant in one's life and the greatest service I can provide is to help people learn to respect, respond to, and care for the body that holds them.

— Alison Boeke, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have been doing Body Image based work for the last 6 years. I help clients examine issues surrounding weight, appearance, gender and gender related body issues, and race based body image issues so they can become a stronger more genuine and authentic version of themselves. In session we also examine the roles of power, privilege and perceived power and privilege and how that plays a role in their own self-esteem.

— Em Reim Ifrach, Art Therapist in Watertown, CT

I have extensive clinical experience and training with a specialty in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns.

— Carolyn Karoll, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD

I utilize the work of the HAES (Health at Every Size) movement

— Shifra Schnair, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in University Heights, OH

I have significant experience working with body image, eating concerns, & eating disorders. Maybe you’ve struggled with body image your whole life, or maybe you’re adapting to a more recent life change. Maybe your physical body is not even a concern & you struggle more with internal self-esteem/confidence. We can discover what is at the root of your difficulties and identify ways to change unhealthy patterns. I strive to provide you a safe space to address these sensitive & personal concerns.

— Simrin Jaglan, Clinical Psychologist in Newport Beach, CA

I work from a Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive eating perspective, to help you process your relationship with your body, and build trust in yourself.

— Kelsey Hess, Counselor

I am a Health at Every Size Pledged Provider, which means that I celebrate body diversity and reject societal norms that require us to conform to an impossible ideal, forsaking our overall well-being as we try to make ourselves smaller. I can help you to instead learn to listen to your body, move joyfully and make decisions based on how you actually feel. You can learn to let go of critical voices and replace them with kindness and self-compassion.

— Amy Leigh Fernandez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Temecula, CA

Our society encourages us to feel bad about our bodies. As a fat woman, I know how difficult self-acceptance can be. Together, we will find ways for you to accept yourself as you are. I will encourage you to focus on what your body can do instead of what it “should” look like. I will support you in pursuing better health at any size while feeling happier in your own skin.

— Cindy Blank-Edelman, Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

Our society sends us many messages about what it is to be healthy and attractive. Learning to love and accept ourselves for who we are is not only a personal journey but one that often involves pushing against these messages of society. Being happy in our own bodies these days is no small task, I am there to help you voice and navigate your struggles with being happy in your own skin.

— Stephanie Boulton, Counselor in Broomfield, CO

Our bodies are the way we navigate the world. When we are dissatisfied with our body image, we struggle with daily living activities. Addressing the way we feel about our bodies can be transformational in all areas of our lives. We often have body images issues at the same time as a poor relationship with food. Having the experience of working with eating disorders (as well as disordered eating) goes hand in hand with body image work. I am a member of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) and of ASDAH (Association of Size Diversity and Health).

— Jamie English, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Prairie, TX

Body image concerns can happen for people no matter what size they are and no matter if they engage in eating disorder/disordered eating or not. I work from a Health At Every Size (HAES) model to help people accept their body and learn to live in a world that may not or may send mixed messages regarding what bodies are acceptable.

— Joy Zelikovsky, Psychologist

I believe that our bodies are our strength, not our importance. The size and appearance of your body means nothing when compared to what your body can do. I want to help others connect their minds and their bodies to become happy in their own skin.

— Faith Stevens, Counselor in Knoxville, TN

Little...Big...Thin...Thick...Short...Tall...I treat them all! I work with my clients to move into a place of acceptance with their bodies. Clients may not "love" their bodies but they are able to start seeing their bodies in a new way. A new way that helps daily interactions feel easier. Clients start to feel the relief of joining forces with themselves in place of battling against themselves. The day is no longer spent on the comparison game with media, family, friends or peers. The day is spent appreciating the body just as it is. I practice from a HAES (health at every size) perspective meaning that my office is inclusive to all body weights, shapes and sizes. I want each client to know that I see them as they are and that they do not need to hide any more. I want to be there with folks who have never felt welcomed because of their size. You too, get to be in this world with the body you have been given. My practice is inclusive and open to those who want to learn more about accepting and appreciating their bodies just as they are.

— Erica Faulhaber, Licensed Professional Counselor in Erie, CO

From both the client and the therapist sides, I am very familiar and comfortable with this issue. Currently, in my agency work, I run an 8-week, closed, body image group. I have also worked at an anti-diet, body inclusive gym space here in Austin, TX, facilitating body positive meditations. Personally, I practice intuitive eating, and I utilize a Health at Every Size perspective in my own life, and in session.

— Melanie Dyer, Counselor

I am a committed Healthy at Every Size (HAES; practitioner who works with body dissatisfaction and intuitive eating. HAES therapy is anti- "diet culture" and believes all bodies are worthy of love, pleasure, and justice no matter size, shape, color, age, or ability.

— Charis Stiles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

Self esteem and body image are pillars of eating disorder work. I love helping people find acceptance of their bodies and themselves.

— Allison Puryear, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Asheville, NC

Let's be real, who doesn't have some sort of body image issue in this world? For some, this issue can go much deeper and impact self-esteem and self-worth. I have experience treating individuals with body image issues, body dysmorphia and body dissatisfaction. My approach to treating body image issues includes reducing shame related to weight and appearance, increasing body acceptance, challenging your inner critic and practicing self-compassion.

— Kaitlin Stone, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Many of us started dieting at 10 or younger. But there is a different way, a way that can reconnect you to the wisdom of your body and free you to pursue your dreams. I help people find peace with their bodies using a non-diet, weight neutral approach to food based on permission, allowance, self compassion and trust. Together, we will explore your relationship to food and your body so that you can re-discover your own power and sense of self worth.

— Christina Wall, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in , OR

My approach is grounded in body acceptance and body positivity. Our bodies will shift for many reasons. While this is an expected process, our society has constructed harmful norms and expectations. My work with clients involve breaking down unhealthy messages and becoming more connected and grounded to the body in the pursuit of acceptance and then celebration of your body, as it is, for all it can do.

— Staci Daniels-Sommers, Psychotherapist in Newhall, CA