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

 

Working from a Health at Every Size standpoint, I am here to help you unlearn all of the negative things society and the people in your life have told you about your body (and that you continue to tell yourself).

— Victoria Fisher, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

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
 

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

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 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
 

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
 

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 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
 

Body image issues can stem from many places in a persons life. Trauma and grief themselves can cause a film to develop over a persons image of themselves causing a skewed view of who they actually are. In other words, painful emotions are often the cause of what we see on and in ourselves. Cultural components and unrealistic standards also play a role in body image issues. I am here to walk beside you as you learn to love yourself again and begin to see your beauty shine through.

— Sarah Glidden, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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

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
 

I have advanced training and experience in providing psychotherapy to clients who are struggling with disordered eating and negative body image. My approach includes working with individuals, couples and families to create the support needed to defeat self destructive thoughts and patterns of behavior. From a body positive lens, we explore how to shift self judgement toward self acceptance and commitment of health at any size. Recovery is possible!

— Jennifer Rickard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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

— Carolyn Moore, Counselor in San Francisco, CA
 

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

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