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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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
 

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

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
 

I work with clients using a Health At Every Size (HAES) approach 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

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 have been on this journey for a long time. You want to move freely in the world, take care of your health, and enjoy time with your loved ones. You have struggled with your weight for many years, tried every diet, every fad, and still no consistent progress. You want the person you feel you are internally to resemble the person the world sees. I provide bariatric evaluations for bariatric surgery approval. Book your evaluation today to start your weight loss journey!

— Rosana Lamontagne, Counselor in Sewell, NJ

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 ,
 

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

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
 

I understand the minority stress that comes with living in a larger body. I understand the struggle to find connection, pleasure, and love with your body when you've been given the message over and over that it's wrong. I believe that living in a weight, diet, and image obsessed world can seperate us from our innate love and connection with our bodies and all that they are capable of. Our bodies are our home--deserving of all the connection, pleasure, love, and care in the world.

— Chelsea Kellogg, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Weight-neutral, Health At Every Size aligned approach to body liberation

— Heidi Andersen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Asheville, NC
 

I strongly believe that there is a body image crisis in our culture, manufactured by the media, beauty companies/advertisers, diet culture, and the patriarchy. I am a fat-positive therapist who has studied the work of Lindo Bacon (Health at Every Size, Body Respect) and is part of a community of therapists committed to body acceptance principles for clients of all body types. If you have struggled with feeling worthy in your body, I would be honored to walk the path to healing with you.

— Cristina Cousins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO

Rayna began therapy in high school because of an eating disorder, and her therapist sparked her interest in a career as a therapist. Rayna ran a high school dance program for 15 years and prided herself on the low incidence of eating disorders among her dancers. She strives to guide clients in the often difficult journey towards deeper self-love, body love, and realization of the profound mind/body connection.

— Rayna Milner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , OK
 

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

Our society sends us many messages about what it is to be healthy and attractive. Learning to love and accept ourselves for who we are is not only a personal journey but one that often involves pushing against these messages of society. Being happy in our own bodies these days is no small task, I am there to help you voice and navigate your struggles with being happy in your own skin.

— Stephanie Boulton, Counselor in Longmont, CO
 

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

If you are tired of feeling frustrated and angry at your 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's not the most healthy or helpful. I use EMDR therapy to support you in uncovering memories that have impacted your view of your body and process them to be more accurate so you can find love for your body.

— Kandace Ledergerber, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
 

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