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

— Carolyn Moore, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

I am a certified Body Trust Provider through the Be Nourished Institute and have experience running an intensive outpatient program to treat binge eating disorder at a local eating disorder treatment facility.

— Liberating Jasper, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tacoma, WA

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
 

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
 

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
 

Negative body image is a very common issue among both men and women. Negative body image can lead, not only to eating disordered behaviors and disordered eating, but also low self-esteem, poor relationships with others, and ongoing physical health issues. My practice of body image therapy allows you to explore your own past and current body image messages, uncover your own negative self talk about your body and begin to challenge these thoughts.

— Jennifer Paul, Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Previously working with a non-profit eating disorder treatment, I learned the importance of prevention to reduce the need for intervention. Although body image issues are very common, those issues are typically rooted in emotions or situations that feel too difficult to face. Learning to identify painful emotions and work through them instead of pushing them aside can reduce the risk of developing more significant disordered eating beahviors later in life.

— Tiffany Medlin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Midlothian, TX
 

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 approach is grounded in body acceptance and body positivity. Our bodies will shift for many reasons. While this is an expected process, our society has constructed harmful norms and expectations. My work with clients involve breaking down unhealthy messages and becoming more connected and grounded to the body in the pursuit of acceptance and then celebration of your body, as it is, for all it can do.

— Staci Daniels-Sommers, Psychotherapist in Newhall, 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

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 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

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
 

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 meet my clients where they're at and take into consideration what their goals are. We may approach body image from a variety of directions: body neutrality, body respect, body trust, body acceptance, body kindness, body functionality, body appreciation, and body love. Together we work to redefine what body image is because positive body image has more to do with being respectful and compassionate towards our bodies than liking how they look.

— Molly Bahr, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miami, FL
 

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

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 ,
 

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

I believe that the relationship with our bodies is the most significant in one's life and the greatest service I can provide is to help people learn to respect, respond to, and care for the body that holds them.

— Alison Boeke, Counselor in Seattle, WA