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 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

We are told from an incredibly young age that our value and our worth are inextricably tied to our appearance. That if we don’t meet society’s standards we aren’t worthy of love, respect, or happiness. Yeah…hell no. I am a HAES-aligned, anti-diet clinician dedicated to helping women identify and unpack the toxic messages we get from diet culture. Using principles of intuitive eating, let's get you on a path towards food freedom and self-acceptance. You are enough, just as you are.

— Shani Leichter, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
 

I have over 3yrs experience working with body image issues, eating disorders and lessened self-confidence. I have worked in all levels of care on these issues.

— Ariel Harris, Clinical Social Worker in Raleigh, NC

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
 

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

Constantly criticizing our looks and having persistent low self-esteem in our appearance seems to be a norm in our culture. Finding freedom from our own negative beliefs can be the biggest act of kindness you give yourself.

— Allison Doyle, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, 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

Have you ever felt uncomfortable in your own skin? This is a topic often normalized in today's society by creating a "fix it" mentality. If we are experiencing something emotionally, sometimes our bodies are what are focused on. Maybe you have been told or have thought "If I could just fix my body, everything else would be okay." I am here to help validate your emotions and also provide a space for a different narrative to exist. I believe in leaning into this inner narrative with compassion

— Meagan Fischer, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Tyler, 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! 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 ,

Shifting perceptions of self can be hard and often takes personal commitment, self-compassion, and the willingness to step outside of one's comfort zone. Utilizing a person-centered and holistic approach, I work with clients, meeting them where they are on their journey, to develop reasonable and achievable treatment goals.

— Erica Zapata Gonzalez, Clinical Psychologist in Modesto, CA
 

I realize how difficult it can be to accept your body, let alone like or love it in today's diet culture & appearance driven society. I also know a way out & are ready to help you get there. Let's stop the body shame, and improve your Body Image using tools including CBT, Self Compassion, Body Neutrality & Functionality, & Mindfulness.

— Audra Coons, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa, FL

We realize how difficult it can be to accept your body, let alone like or love it in today's diet culture & appearance driven society. We also know a way out & are ready to help you. Improve your Body Image using tools including CBT, Self Compassion, Body Neutrality & Functionality, & Mindfulness.

— Audra Coons, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa, FL
 

As women, our bodies and the changes that our bodies experience are always up for discussion. From the fluctuating numbers on a scale to feeling like certain body parts are not "appealing enough", we can be left with feelings of shame, frustration and hopelessness towards ourselves. I provide a nonjudgemental space where together, we develop tools in support of building your body confidence and establishing more of a positive relationship with your body.

— Rebecca Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

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
 

Body-oddy -oddy. Let's talk about your relationship with your body without shame. What are your desires? What brings your body pleasure? Fat-bodied individuals are made to feel that what they have to offer is directly tied to a number on the scale. But your value, desirability, your strength, and your creativity are not determined by your weight. There is pride at every size and there is Health at Every Size.

— Arianna Wheat, Creative Art Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have been studying and treating disordered body image for most of my career and have been personally interested in fat positivity and body liberation for over a decade. I think that your relationship with food and movement and your relationship with your body often go hand in hand, and I integrate various methods of healing these relationships as we move towards body acceptance (or neutrality if that works best for you) and building a life of meaning, connection, and joy.

— Summer Forlenza, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

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