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 am a Health At Every Size advocate. Through journaling exercises and exposure exercises, I help womxn become more comfortable with their bodies. I help clients shift the focus from what they hate about their bodies to what amazing things their bodies do for them. I also work to challenge the unrealistic, Western, thin ideal that has become such a dangerous but predominant narrative in our culture.

— Amanda Wetegrove-Romine, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX

If you are tired of feeling frustrated and angry with 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 could be healthier and more helpful. I use EMDR therapy to support you in uncovering memories that have impacted your view of your body and processing them to be more accurate so you can find love for your body

— Kandace Ledergerber, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tempe, AZ

Maybe you feel like you don't have a good idea of how you even appear, your appearance seemingly shifting from one moment to the next, a string that controls how good or bad your day will be. Maybe you feel caught in a cycle of the next diet or next skincare product, just waiting for the thing that will make you feel like you can inhabit your own skin. I'm here to offer a different way, and love helping people find an easier relationship to themselves and their bodies.

— Tori Cherry, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

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 Sheehan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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

Rita is trained in Intuitive Eating and is a Health at Every Size aligned clinician. She uses intuitive eating principles to help Clients heal their relationships with food and their bodies. Rita believes that health looks different for everyone and comes in all shapes and sizes.

— Rita Aliperti, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

If you struggle with feelings of anxiety and self-judgment regarding your physical body's appearance or abilities, and feel overwhelmed and hopeless because of these painful feelings there are things we can work on together to help you find a more peaceful, kind, and functional way to relate to your body and food. I have worked in residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care to treat eating disorders and body image concerns, and I want to share that experience to help you.

— Holly Love, Licensed Professional Counselor in Aurora, CO

Our society encourages us to feel bad about our bodies. 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

Sonya Renee Taylor (2021) writes that the "body is not an apology." I wholeheartedly believe this. At the same time, truly embodying this is HARD, and is a communal effort. Our bodies do not live in a vacuum, but are consistently being impacted/informed by the world, the systems, and the people around it. Through compassionate, somatic, and relational holding, I hope to help you reclaim a loving relationship with your body. To celebrate the uniqueness that makes you, YOU one breath at a time.

— Danielle Forastieri Short, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

You are tired of hating your body and the rollercoaster of dieting and weight loss. There is a different way. Let’s work together to heal your relationship with your body and food and start your journey toward radical self-love and acceptance. I practice therapy from a Health at Every Size (HAES), intuitive eating, and anti-diet approach.

— Dana Lawson, Professional Counselor Associate in Tigard, OR

I am passionate about helping clients navigate their relationships with food and their bodies. I understand the complex interplay between cultural expectations, beauty standards, and personal identity. Together, we will work on decolonizing beauty standards, challenging harmful narratives, and fostering a positive body image.

— Jessica Harris, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

We will deconstruct myths and perceptions about bodies and work toward removing value, stigma, and judgment from your relationship with your body. Accepting and working with the body you have today. Learn how to do no harm, but take no shit! Feel empowered to live your truth! Your body is the least exciting thing about you.

— Angel Whitehead, Psychotherapist in Blacksburg, VA

A major area of my dissertation research, and an area of passion of mine, clinically and personally!

— Tess Carroll Keeley, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO

Talia has spent her career as a therapist primarily counseling people experiencing body image issues and eating disorders. While she primarily works with a young adult age group, she is happy to take on clients outside of that age range as well.

— Talia Akerman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

For over five years, I've supported clients in enhancing their body image. My approach integrates a Health At Every Size, Feminist, and Anti-Racist perspective, prioritizing weight-neutral care, fostering body acceptance, encouraging joyful movement, and elevating self-worth.

— Christina Arceri, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I will help you find a way to make peace with your body and to trust your body in a way that deemphasizes the focus you place on your body.

— Nicole Iwule, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL

I'm a psychotherapist dedicated to the "Health at Every Size" (HAES) framework. I advocate for holistic well-being, emphasizing that health is not determined by body size but by healthy behaviors and self-acceptance. I support clients in developing a positive relationship with their bodies, promoting intuitive eating, and embracing physical and mental health at any size. I prioritize a non-judgmental space for clients to explore their relationship with their bodies and make empowered choices.

— Amanda Jonikaitis-King, Counselor in Chicago, IL

I provide body image counseling to determined women and femmes explore the stories they (and society) tell about their body, and develop a new value of their body’s wisdom and beauty, as well as genuine intentions behind self-care. My dual degree in counseling and nutrition means I have received specialized education around disordered eating and mental health. Trainings from The Body Positive and Be Nourished orgs have grown my understanding of how we can face, accept, and respect ourselves.

— Emma Doerner, Counselor in ,