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

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
 

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

We will work together to help you find peace with food and your body, once and for all. I operate from an anti-diet, Health at Every Size framework in order to dismantle the harmful impact of diet culture, to help you reconnect your body and mind, and discover what truly nourishes your soul. I am currently working on becoming a certified Intuitive Eating counselor.

— Shelly Annameier, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Fort Collins, CO
 

I am a committed Healthy at Every Size (HAES; https://haescommunity.com) 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

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
 

The difficulty with most modalities used to address body image issues is they are focused on conscious mind modalities. However, your subconscious mind is responsible for 96 - 98% of all your habits and behaviors are powered by your subconscious mind. I'm prepared to teach you how to change your subconscious mind programming which will change how you feel and believe about your body.

— Jenn Bovee, Counselor in Bloomington, IL

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
 

Working on the Eating Disorders Unit of Children's Hospital for eight years, I both educated and supported my clients through some of their toughest moments as they confronted deeply rooted negative beliefs about their bodies. These daily interactions gave me much greater insight into what to say and not say to someone fighting through this issue, and useful tools they can learn to gain their power back.

— Alexandra Hinton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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

The vast majority of adults (and many children) in the United States have some kind of disordered relationship to food and body. We're taught that the way we are isn't good enough and listening to our bodies' desires is dangerous. But many of us receive similar messages about all kinds of things. We're afraid to "take up space", use our voices, be free. Perhaps, your struggle with your body is a way you've learn to cope with not feeling good enough. We'll work together to understand the beliefs you hold about yourself and the world. We'll begin to bring these unconscious, automatic behaviors and reactions forward so you can choose other options. Over time, you'll feel more free and comfortable in your own skin. Depending on your needs, I may want to collaborate with a physician, Registered Dietician, and any other members of your care team.

— Lily Sloane, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

Negative body image is a very common issue among both men and women. Negative body image can lead, not only to eating disordered behaviors and disordered eating, but also low self-esteem, poor relationships with others, and ongoing physical health issues. My practice of body image therapy allows you to explore your own past and current body image messages, uncover your own negative self talk about your body and begin to challenge these thoughts.

— Jennifer Paul, Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Our bodies are amazing, and they deserve our best treatment. Sometimes we learn to mistreat these bodies instead of to keep them healthy, and various illnesses can ensue. I will work with you to regain healthy body images and habits in order to get your body back to the healthy state it wants to maintain.

— Michele Teitelbaum, Counselor in Redondo Beach, 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

I provide body image counseling to determined women and femmes explore the stories they (and society) tell about their body, and develop a new value of their body’s wisdom and beauty, as well as genuine intentions behind self-care. My dual degree in counseling and nutrition means I have received specialized education around disordered eating and mental health. Trainings from The Body Positive and Be Nourished orgs have grown my understanding of how we can face, accept, and respect ourselves.

— Emma Doerner, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

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
 

We live in a culture obsessed with body and most women I know have some sort of body image distortion. Surprisingly, we can find freedom from a negative relationship with our good bodies. Working from a Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating lens, I want to help you find body freedom.

— Melodye Phillips, Counselor in Tyler, TX