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 ,
 

I come from a HAES (Health at Every Size) perspective. I believe that "diet culture", which we are surrounded with each day can really cause immense struggles with body image. I will walk with you to come up with strategies and ways to see the beauty that is within.

— Alicia Roeder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Council Bluffs, IA

Our bodies are the vessel in which we show up in the world...they sustain life, allow us to express and experience life fully.

— Michelle Kelley, Counselor in Cedar Vale, KS
 

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

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 ,
 

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 ,

I come from a HAES (Health at Every Size) perspective. I believe that "diet culture", which we are surrounded with each day can really cause immense struggles with body image. I will walk with you to come up with strategies and ways to see the beauty that is within.

— Alicia Roeder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Council Bluffs, IA
 

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

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
 

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

You were not put on this planet to diet. Or obsess about your weight, or to lose weight, or hate yourself because you don’t look like a photoshopped model, or to loath yourself. You have such a larger contribution to make in this world. I see you, I know you, because I am just like you. Inner Life is a safe place to explore different ways to think and feel about your body. There is way more to your life then what your body looks like. Let's reveal more of of it!

— Christina Wall, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in , 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 ,

We all deserve to feel good about our bodies- but for many of us, that's complicated by years thinking or hearing that there's one right size or shape that we need to attain. I support you in sorting out diet culture programming from what's right for your health and well-being, and developing confidence and healthy habits that do not require a certain size.

— Abigail Thompson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

We are constantly inundated with messages, images, and expectations of how our bodies should be. I believe in making peace with our bodies and getting back in touch with the aspects of our bodies that bring us joy and allow us to rebuild trust with our bodies. Using a combination of interventions grounded in mindfulness, neuroscience, and self-acceptance I hope to help you find a joyful and healthy connection with your body.

— Jane Teixeira, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

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
 

I come from a HAES (Health at Every Size) perspective. I believe that "diet culture", which we are surrounded with each day can really cause immense struggles with body image. I will walk with you to come up with strategies and ways to see the beauty that is within.

— Alicia Roeder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Council Bluffs, IA

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