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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We live in a fatphobic society, and diet culture only makes it worse. It's hard to feel good about yourself when we receive messages to NOT be happy with ourselves, to always be striving for more. If you struggle with feeling comfortable in your own skin, I can help you build body tolerance. It's OK if you're not feeling positive about your body! I've treated restrictive eating patterns, binge-eating, and symptoms of Bulimia in my practice. Let's get you to a place of acceptance.

— Tracy Vadakumchery, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

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 have worked with those struggling with body image issues since my work began in 2015. I have worked with those struggling with body dysmorphia and body dissatisfaction in many different areas. I have experience working with chronic dieting or body dysmorphia after weight loss surgery to those struggling after surviving narcissistic abuse and having struggles with self-worth and body image. I believe that everyone deserves to find body acceptance and peace.

— Rebekah Grohn, M.Ed, LPC, Therapist in Katy, TX

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

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

Diet industry and fat phobic culture continues to grow more profitable for corporations fueled by the old shame cycle perpetuated by pseudo-science now debunked that diets don't work and never have for over the hundreds thousands of years for homo sapiens. We had to evolve to survive famines and droughts so our bodies fight this whole process of trying to intentionally loose weight. Time to learn to be free of this diet culture and fat phobia and work on body liberation.

— Aaron Relyea, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

We talk a lot about pain and stress, but the body is capable of so much more than this. We will give your body the options to experience joy, relief, expression. We will practice feeling those things so you can take them in. Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is the use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of you. Dance/Movement therapists use movement to access things that are not accessible verbally.

— Kristen Crowe - Open Space Therapy Collective, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in LA, CA

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

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

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

You’re tired of dieting. You’re tired of feeling anxious about the way your body looks and the way clothes fit. You don't want to care what others' think, and you just want to feel okay in your body. Good news: You can learn to appreciate it, accept it and feel comfortable in it. I help clients shut down and stop engaging in diet and body-shaming talk, stop listening to what culture says they should look like, stop measuring worth by clothing size, and learn to accept and appreciate their bodies

— Ashley French, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

As a HAES (Health at Every Size) practitioner, I believe strongly that community is one of the most important parts of healing our relationships with food, our selves, our feelings, and how we present in the world. I am starting a HAES group for people who self identify as small fat and larger in October 2021, for people who were AFAB (assigned female at birth), were raised female until approximately age 16, and believed themselves to be female most of that time, and now are any gender.

— T.Lee Shostack, Clinical Social Worker in , MA

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

Do you find yourself spending hours in front of the mirror? Have you ever felt that wave of anxiety when your go-to pair of jeans fits a little different than they did yesterday? Your body image is not a superficial problem. Your body is your home, a place in which you deserve to feel safe, peaceful, and connected. When you're at war with your body, its exhausting, frustrating, and maybe even intolerable. It's time for you and your body to get on the same page. Let's talk about it.

— Chloe Cox, Psychotherapist in Irvine, CA

As a weight inclusive provider, I acknowledge the hardships many (if not most) folks face due to the societal promotion and acceptance of fatphobia and weight stigma. I aim to support clients in finding body neutrality/acceptance in order to take space in this world and focus on living a life without feeling ashamed or the need to control your physical appearance. This may involve exploring and processing our own forms of internalized narratives and rewrite our script to live more authentically.

— Vanessa Steffny, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Bellevue, WA

I am a fat liberationist which has meant significant client work and training on issues around bodies and how we can all come to love our own bodies.

— Meg Higgins, Clinical Social Worker in ,

I extensive experience in working with individuals who struggle with body dysmorphic issues.

— Francine Way, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

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