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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disordered eating issues (including restriction, purging, binge, and emotional eating) and negative body image

— Maia Kiley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Weight-neutral, Health At Every Size aligned approach to body liberation

— Heidi Andersen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Asheville, NC
 

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

If you are tired of feeling frustrated and angry at your 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's not the most healthy or helpful. I use EMDR therapy to support you in uncovering memories that have impacted your view of your body and process them to be more accurate so you can find love for your body.

— Kandace Ledergerber, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
 

I have 8 years of experience and training in treating body image issues and eating disorders in a variety of clinical settings. I completed my dissertation on the familial influence on body image development and health behaviors and have extensively studied the impact of peers and media as well. I am passionate about helping clients understand the roots of our body image crisis in the US, such as white supremacy, the patriarchy, and pedophilia, to see the unique beauty of their body.

— Alexa Barnes, Psychologist

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
 

I strongly believe that there is a body image crisis in our culture, manufactured by the media, beauty companies/advertisers, diet culture, and the patriarchy. I am a fat-positive therapist who has studied the work of Lindo Bacon (Health at Every Size, Body Respect) and is part of a community of therapists committed to body acceptance principles for clients of all body types. If you have struggled with feeling worthy in your body, I would be honored to walk the path to healing with you.

— Cristina Cousins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO

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
 

Body-oddy-oddy. Let's talk about your relationship with your body without shame. What are your desires? What brings your body pleasure? Fat-bodied individuals are made to feel that what they have to offer is directly tied to a number on the scale. But your value, desirability, your strength, and your creativity are not determined by your weight. There is pride at every size and there is Health at Every Size.

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

I have studied the topic of body image and eating disorders for years. I consistently help my clients to develop compassion for what their bodies hold and have endured throughout their lives. I also help to foster an appreciation in my clients for how their bodies allow them to engage in the world.

— Ashley Eisenlohr, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Everett, WA
 

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

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 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

Rayna began therapy in high school because of an eating disorder, and her therapist sparked her interest in a career as a therapist. Rayna ran a high school dance program for 15 years and prided herself on the low incidence of eating disorders among her dancers. She strives to guide clients in the often difficult journey towards deeper self-love, body love, and realization of the profound mind/body connection.

— Rayna Milner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , OK
 

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

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