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! 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 ,
 

I wrote a program called (every)Body Needs which draws on the research to shape a positive body image and help heal a negative body image. Body image has long been my work of passion and I love taking my messages out into the community and sharing them with clients in our personal sessions. The truth is: you are worthy of LOVING the body you're in - just as it is.

— Megan Agee, Psychologist in Charlotte, NC

We live in a culture that actively tells us to change our bodies to be accepted. Often we started learning these beliefs at a very young age from our caregivers and the grown-ups around us. Those early experiences ingrain in us, ways of looking at ourselves and making sense of how we are perceived in the world. With support and compassion, it's possible to regain a sense of trust in yourself and to reconnect with that innate wisdom our bodies hold.

— Sarah Jane Thomas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I work with clients to develop a positive body image and form self-nurturing patterns regarding food, eating, movement, and sexuality. In my work, I encourage clients to challenge all forms of oppression. These include oppressions around race, gender, and sexuality as well as about the body.

— Kaye-Ailsa Rowan, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

Teens often go through a lot of changes in their body as they grow. And given the constant social pressure of fitting in and limited knowledge around how the body functions, get stuck into unhealthy patterns around food/exercise and weight. I help them focus on learning to love themselves while learning intuitive eating strategies and importance of giving fuel to body for a healthy life. I focus on health at every size (HAES).

— Runjhun Pandit, Counselor in Redwood City, 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 ,

You were not put on this planet to diet. Or obsess about your weight, or to lose weight, or hate yourself because you don’t look like a photoshopped model, or to loath yourself. You have such a larger contribution to make in this world. I see you, I know you, because I am just like you. Inner Life is a safe place to explore different ways to think and feel about your body. There is way more to your life then what your body looks like. Let's reveal more of of it!

— Christina Wall, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in , OR
 

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

Healthy Body Image is not popping out of bed to wink at yourself in the mirror with a narcissistic grin. Just like feelings about anything else, how we feel about our size/shape/body parts fluctuates, for better or for worse, due to lots of factors. But how able are you to ACCEPT yourself physically right now? Your body IS what it is right now- whether that's optimal in your opinion or not. It is much easier to change, grow, and improve, when we can accept what currently exists.

— Kathryn Gates, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

Body dissatisfaction, or negative body image, involves how you see, feel, and think about your body. A negative perception about your appearance or certain aspects of your body can impact your behaviors, relationships, sexuality, and overall wellbeing. If you would like to address body dissatisfaction in therapy, we will work together to build your understanding of how your unique experiences have influenced your perceptions of your body and your appearance.

— Jessica Byrd, Counselor in Tempe, AZ

disordered eating issues (including restriction, purging, binge, and emotional eating) and negative body image

— Maia Kiley, Counselor in ,
 

I come from a HAES (Health at Every Size) perspective. I believe that "diet culture", which we are surrounded with each day can really cause immense struggles with body image. I will walk with you to come up with strategies and ways to see the beauty that is within.

— Alicia Roeder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Council Bluffs, IA

I come from a HAES (Health at Every Size) perspective. I believe that "diet culture", which we are surrounded with each day can really cause immense struggles with body image. I will walk with you to come up with strategies and ways to see the beauty that is within.

— Alicia Roeder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Council Bluffs, IA
 

Diet culture surrounds us each and every day. For many, we don't realize that we are developing body image issues or disordered eating until it has been deeply engrained in us. Before we know it, we're walking by mirrors and subconsciously body checking ourselves to make sure our outfit is flattering us the right way. I work closely with HAES/ Intuitive Eating specialists to help make sure that you are getting the best care while we build your confidence back up.

— Shelby Solis, Therapist

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 ,
 

We all deserve to feel good about our bodies- but for many of us, that's complicated by years thinking or hearing that there's one right size or shape that we need to attain. I support you in sorting out diet culture programming from what's right for your health and well-being, and developing confidence and healthy habits that do not require a certain size.

— Abigail Thompson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

We are constantly inundated with messages, images, and expectations of how our bodies should be. I believe in making peace with our bodies and getting back in touch with the aspects of our bodies that bring us joy and allow us to rebuild trust with our bodies. Using a combination of interventions grounded in mindfulness, neuroscience, and self-acceptance I hope to help you find a joyful and healthy connection with your body.

— Jane Teixeira, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA