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

My area of research and training has centered on eating disorder, eating disorder recovery, and, mostly, on body image. Body image impacts not only the way we view ourselves but influences how we communicate and make connections.

— Cayla Minaiy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SEATTLE, WA
 

I help people to accept who they are also to love themselves for who they are.

— Fedenciso "Vinnie" Gomez, Counselor in Lubbock, TX

Most of us have felt, at one point or another, that our body's size or shape is somehow wrong. For those of us who identify as fat, or whose bodies are otherwise considered atypical, it can feel impossible to distinguish our authentic feelings about our bodies from the forces that profit off of our self-criticism. I approach our work from a fat-positive, all-bodies-are-good-bodies perspective that prioritizes individual bodily autonomy and experience.

— Abby Weintraub, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

In my 10 years of experience, I've worked with numerous client populations regarding pre and post bariatric surgery. I've also worked in practices focused on medically supervised weight loss programs. Working with this special population, in addition to my 90 pound weight loss personally, has given me great experience with the physical, social and emotional difficulties weight gain and weight loss causes in a person's life.

— Meghan Farr, Clinical Social Worker in Fishers, IN

Body image is so integral to our sense of self, self esteem and mental health. I am certain you already know this if you struggle with ANY type of body image issues. Being uncomfortable in your own skin means you are unhappy or even miserable. Instead of being natural and relaxed, you are stiff and awkward. Wouldn’t you like to be at ease with yourself? Let’s work on this right away.

— Elissa Grunblatt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Amityville, NY
 

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

My main focus is on fatness, and the ways fatphobia drives both behavior and our emotional relationship with food and movement. While this is slightly different for everyone, there are a few core elements in our social stories about fatness that tend to impact us all.

— Val Jones, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mount Vernon, WA
 

Do you find that you shrink your body to be smaller? Do you wish you could hide away sometimes and not be seen? That is just not fair! You may have been hurt. Maybe it was your way of coping in the past, but it does NOT need to define you. Somewhere along the line, you have been made to feel small, and it is time for that to change. You are so many more things that the world needs to see. The world is better with you being your best and most brilliant, shining self!

— Erin Howe MA, BC-DMT, CRM, Therapist in Oceanside, CA

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 Denver, CO

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

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

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 meet my clients where they're at and take into consideration what their goals are. We may approach body image from a variety of directions: body neutrality, body respect, body trust, body acceptance, body kindness, body functionality, body appreciation, and body love. Together we work to redefine what body image is because positive body image has more to do with being respectful and compassionate towards our bodies than liking how they look.

— Molly Bahr, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miami, FL

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 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

I am passionate about helping individuals heal their relationships with food and with their bodies. My eyes are wide open to the damaging effects of diet culture on our society’s mental health and well-being, and there is nothing I enjoy more than journeying with people as they release the negative effects of diet culture and body shame move towards living an embodied life, feeling free to live and move and love in the exact body they have today. I work from an Intuitive Eating framework and am on the path to becoming a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. If you are ready to release the shame and experience a positive, loving relationship with food and with your body, contact me today.

— Kristi Hall, Counselor in Saint Paul, MN
 

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

Contributing to the exciting emergence of women and men reclaiming their body sovereignty is Sydney's passion. She has developed a framework for healing that embraces self compassion, mindfulness and discernment in order to foster unconditional positive regard for the self and the body. Body Sovereignty offers freedom from feelings of body shame and a sustainable energy to our efforts for better health and wellbeing, at any size.

— Sydney Bell, Psychotherapist
 

Most of us have felt, at one point or another, that our body's size or shape is somehow wrong. For those of us who identify as fat, or whose bodies are otherwise considered atypical, it can feel impossible to distinguish our authentic feelings about our bodies from the forces that profit off of our self-criticism. I approach our work from a fat-positive, all-bodies-are-good-bodies perspective that prioritizes individual bodily autonomy and experience.

— Abby Weintraub, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, 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
 

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

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
 

Your body is beautiful and so are you. So much can be said about the way we perceive ourselves influencing multiple areas of our lives. Let's learn about how our bodies do wonderful things every day that sustain us and are more than just visual objects.

— Amanda Dutton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Stockbridge, GA

Since 1995, Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment has successfully helped individuals achieve recovery. We believe that our personalized, compassionate and integrated treatment from a multidisciplinary staff of eating disorder specialists, including therapists, dietitians, and physicians is at the heart of our approach, and has proven to be the optimal path to recovery.

— Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Laguna Hills, CA
 

We live in a society that can flood us with negative messages as to how our bodies are wrong. I work with clients to decrease shame and guilt around the body they reside in, and find safety and comfort in taking up the personal space you have the right to occupy

— Krystal Marcinkiewicz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Beaverton, OR

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

— Carolyn Moore, Counselor in San Francisco, CA
 

Our society encourages us to feel bad about our bodies. 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