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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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 world that same fat people, stigmatizes bodies of all shapes and sizes, where fatphobia has become a deep part of each of us. Many of us also feel pain when our bodies are weaponized against us wether it's due to gender, race, sexuality, disability etc. We each deserve a space to unpack our deep connection and disconnection to our bodies and why we experience them in the ways we do.

— Wednesdae Reim Ifrach, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hamden, CT
 

Developing body-love practices; development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.

— Laquanique Esposito, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

I work from a Health at Every Size perspective and integrate principles of Intuitive Eating to help you heal your relationship with your body and food.

— Martha Greenburg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

I have worked with a variety of clients who struggle with body image issues. I know how society sets an unrealistic standard of beauty for both men and women, and I strive to help people gain a healthier idea about body image.

— Stephanie Milan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 McArn, Clinical Psychologist in Modesto, CA
 

I practice from a weight-neutral, anti-diet and anti-oppression lens and use Health at Every Size interventions as well. I am all about helping people of all body shapes and sizes be liberated from the harmful weight stigma and fatphobia in our culture, including places where it gets internalized and coping with and fighting against systemic oppression and discrimination. I can help you build a kind, respectful, and mostly peaceful relationship with your body.

— Linda Baggett, Psychologist in Manhattan Beach, CA

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
 

I am a body-positive clinician and have conducted and published research in the area of body image and self-objectification. I work with disordered eating and use an intuitive eating approach to help clients make peace with their body and food.

— Nichole Spjut, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Mitchell, KY

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
 

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

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
 

I am a Fat Abolitionist and a Fat Therapist working to assist clients on their journey toward body acceptance and neutrality in the body they have NOW, not the body they "could/should/would/did/don't" have. General body image and self esteem, core negative beliefs of self are all areas I love to explore with clients.

— Jacey Bishop, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have extensive experience with body image issues and chronic dieting, from my work in university counseling and with trans communities. Most body image issues are rooted in a culture that promotes sizeism, which is deeply interwoven with patriarchy, homophobia, transmisogyny, and racism. I use the Health At Every Size (HAES) approach, which values weight inclusivity, eating for well-being, respectful care, and addressing the impact of weight stigma on our psychological health.

— Robin Cooper, Psychologist in Claremont, CA
 

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 McArn, Clinical Psychologist in Modesto, CA

As a fat person, I have long been familiar with the anguish of living with weight-stigma. As an eating disorder therapist, I came to appreciate the profound and disorienting experience of negative body image driven by body dysmorphia. In addition to confronting the harmful impacts of anti-fat bias and diet-culture, my clients also deal with the negative impacts of racism, ableism, & gender dysphoria on body image. We must both love ourselves & stand up to systems of oppression.

— Chelsea Hall, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ
 

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

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 New York, NY