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!

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Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.

— Caini Deng, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

In a world that often emphasizes unrealistic beauty standards, finding peace and acceptance within our own bodies can be a challenging journey. As a dedicated therapist specializing in body image, I am here to guide and support you through this process. I understand the intricate relationship between our self-esteem and how we perceive our bodies. Together, we will explore the roots of these issues, and work towards a body-neutrality framwork.

— Paige Sutula, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Arvada, CO

Imagine spending your life with the people and things you love, without worrying about what you ate or how long you worked out today. Imagine feeling fulfilled, like you deserve to be happy: that you're good enough just as you are. Through therapy, you can feel at ease in your body, make peace with food, and live a life that reflects your true values.

— Sabrina Samedi, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

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

If you are tired of feeling frustrated and angry with body and are craving a better relationship with yourself and the person you see in the mirror, I am here to help. I've found that more times than most, we learn what to think about our body from the people around us, and sometimes that could be healthier and more helpful. I use EMDR therapy to support you in uncovering memories that have impacted your view of your body and processing them to be more accurate so you can find love for your body

— Kandace Ledergerber, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tempe, AZ

I help people who are starting to question the dominant cultural narrative that says we need to spend our whole lives on the pursuit of thinness. Often we start to question diet culture but still struggle with complicated inner feelings - such as, "That beautiful body positive model can accept her body, but I couldn't possibly." I can help you build more confidence in your path to accept your body and learn to set boundaries with those committed to staying stuck in diet culture.

— Ashley Hamm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I facilitate a body liberation focused body image group for those looking to not only explore their own relationship with their body but also explore cultural influences on our beliefs related to health, bodies and food.

— Christina Sun Oo, Psychotherapist in Arlington Heights, IL

I have worked with those struggling with body image issues since my work began in 2015. I have worked with those struggling with body dysmorphia and body dissatisfaction in many different areas. I have experience working with chronic dieting or body dysmorphia after weight loss surgery to those struggling after surviving narcissistic abuse and having struggles with self-worth and body image. I believe that everyone deserves to find body acceptance and peace.

— Rebekah Grohn, M.Ed, LPC, Therapist in Katy, TX

I am a Health at Every Size (HAES) practitioner and a fierce advocate for body acceptance and liberation. I believe all bodies are good bodies, regardless of size, shape, or ability.

— Kirsten Cannon, Counselor in Memphis, TN

I work exclusively from a Health at Every Size Approach with my clients and work from a lens of achieving body neutrality with use of modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion and Somatic-based modalities. We dive deeper into the purpose or intentions behind body image disturbances and how these take people away from their intended values.

— Dawn Leprich-Graves, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Yorkville, IL

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 will deconstruct myths and perceptions about bodies and work toward removing value, stigma, and judgment from your relationship with your body. Accepting and working with the body you have today. Learn how to do no harm, but take no shit! Feel empowered to live your truth! Your body is the least exciting thing about you.

— Angel Whitehead, Psychotherapist in Blacksburg, VA

I treat body image issues by getting to know how your experiences, values, and belief system on both the world and yourself play into these obsessions. I use an anti-diet culture approach: I will help you unlearn that losing weight will make these issues go away.

— Christina Kostopoulos, Therapist in Eagan, MN

Alyson is an eating disorder specialist and understands the complexity of the relationship with one's body image. There are so many factors that impact our relationship with our body from diet culture to weight bias and racism. In therapy, Alyson believes it is crucial to explore the underlying causes of body image concerns and develop a more weight neutral stance to identity.

— Alyson Lischer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

We talk a lot about pain and stress, but the body is capable of so much more than this. We will give your body the options to experience joy, relief, expression. We will practice feeling those things so you can take them in. Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is the use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of you. Dance/Movement therapists use movement to access things that are not accessible verbally.

— Kristen Crowe - Open Space Therapy Collective, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in LA, CA

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

Through our work together, clients learn to reframe negative thoughts and improve self-image using evidence-based techniques like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Additionally, I incorporate mindfulness practices and value-based work in my sessions to help individuals reclaim their worth beyond their bodies. I take an anti-diet and HAES perspective.

— Jocelyn Skoler, Licensed Master of Social Work

Rita is trained in Intuitive Eating and is a Health at Every Size aligned clinician. She uses intuitive eating principles to help Clients heal their relationships with food and their bodies. Rita believes that health looks different for everyone and comes in all shapes and sizes.

— Rita Aliperti, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Moving towards healthier self-beliefs regarding eating and body issues can become almost like a meditative path. Those who struggle with these issues battle media and societal expectations while yearning to feel comfortable accepting themselves as is. Not only do I have knowledge and expertise firsthand but have sought out many resources along my own path.

— Candis Zimmerman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , TX