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 believe you would be hard-pressed to find an individual who does not struggle with their body image on some level. I have had the honor of working with individuals from varying cultures and backgrounds who struggle with body image beyond what we imagine in a westernized view. I believe life is far too short to be at war with your body and it is possible for you to find peace in your body without changing your physical presence.

— Rae Thomas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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

I am a Health at Every Size (HAES) practitioner and a fierce advocate for body acceptance and liberation. I believe all bodies are good bodies, regardless of size, shape, or ability.

— Kirsten Cannon, Counselor in Memphis, TN
 

I am a registered dietitian and certified in Health at Every Size which I incorporate into session to support you in understanding the patterns and habits that have caused you to be uncomfortable in your own body. My work as a dietitian provided insight into learning that body image issues are not just surface level and really impact how a person functions, often showing up as depression, low self-esteem and anxiety.

— Jamie Marchetti, Associate Professional Counselor in Washington, DC

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
 

I love helping people improve their body image. If you have ever struggled in this way you know it can impact you emotionally, socially, and sexually. We are constantly bombarded by messaging around what a body should be and what makes a person beautiful (why is that even our goal in life?!?). I love to help people filter through the BS and move to a relationship of respect and acceptance towards their body. I believe all bodies are good bodies and deserve respect, autonomy, healing, and care.

— Celeste Smith, Marriage & Family Therapist in Tyler, TX

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
 

Body-oddy -oddy. Let's talk about your relationship with your body without shame. I want to help create a space for you to explore your body's needs and desires. Fat bodies are demonized, and individuals are made to feel that what they have to offer is directly tied to a number on the scale. But listen, there is pride at every size and there is Health at Every Size.

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

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 Beverly Hills, 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 diet culture and can't go even a few hours without being reminded of "____ diet." With all the talk about how bodies have changed through a pandemic and the expectation that we need to do something about it, it's no surprise we feel bad about ourselves. Guess what? Little ears hear all of this and they make their own meaning and sense of it. Let's talk about it, I'm here to support you or your little one through this!

— Sarah Jane Thomas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, 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

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
 

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 ,

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 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

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