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 Maple Grove, MN
 

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

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 in ,
 

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
 

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

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
 

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

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

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

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
 

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

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 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

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

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
 

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

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. 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

Too often we are told we are not good enough and we need to change how we look, sound, move etc. Entire businesses run on making us feel less than. In such a cultural environment, being ourselves fully and unapologetically is the best revolution we can engage in. I work with clients using tenets of HAES and Intuitive Eating to create tailored programs of radical self love and body diversity.

— Neil Panchmatia, Counselor in Portland, OR