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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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

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
 

As a sex therapist specializing in body image issues, I help individuals develop a healthier relationship with their bodies. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindfulness practices to address negative self-perceptions and promote body positivity. By fostering self-acceptance and confidence, I support clients in overcoming the barriers that body image concerns can create in their sexual and emotional lives.

— Nijeria Jones, Sex Therapist in Martinsville, VA

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 teach clients body neutrality and work to break down barriers to weight stigma, body-focused perfectionism, and other cultural factors that lead to poor body image.

— Elise Miller, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

My goal is to provide you with a better understanding of the factors that impact your unique body image struggles while promoting body acceptance and self-compassion for individuals of all shapes and sizes.

— Sarah Baginski, Clinical Social Worker
 

I work with Body Image concerns, including but not limited to: Body Dysmorphia; Eating Disorders; Weight Gain/Loss; Food Shame; Food Addiction; Exercise Addiction; Familial Trauma; Bullying/Harassment; Kink; Puberty and Body Changes; Gender Exploration; Plastic Surgery; Ageing; Pregnancy; Reclamation of Self

— Sarah Farnsworth, Psychoanalyst in Los Angeles, CA

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 ,
 

Body image and self worth have huge impacts on how we live our lives. I believe ideal body image is a social construct, and want to help you challenge your views on your body. I aim to help you recognize how you came to view yourself as you do, work to challenge it, and work to create a healthier, more realistic self-image. When we are able to accept and be kind to ourselves, it improves relationships with others, social skills, and overall functioning.

— Mariah HallBilsback, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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
 

Body image struggles are common, yet painful. I support individuals with exploring where their body image struggles are coming from and developing practicing to build a more compassionate relationship to the body.

— Sarah Levy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arlington, MA

Body image issues and eating disorders are sometimes co-occurring for some clients with anxiety disorders. For the past two years I have worked with adolescents and adults who struggle with body image.

— Kristina Damiano, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

In my training and research, I examined the impacts of body image concerns on BIPOC folx, women-identified individuals, and trans and gender-expansive folx across the lifespan.

— Mariah Beltran, Post-Doctoral Fellow

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
 

Too often we are told we are not good enough and we need to change how we look, sound, move etc. Entire businesses run on making us feel less than. In such a cultural environment, being ourselves fully and unapologetically is the best revolution we can engage in. I work with clients using tenets of HAES and Intuitive Eating to create tailored programs of radical self love and body diversity.

— Neil Panchmatia, Counselor in Portland, OR

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
 

Oof! Diet culture is a bully and a killer. Shame is a powerful tool of destruction and it has been wreaking havoc on us for generations. I aim to help people experience body peace and liberation.We do this by deconstructing what came before and asking whether its really serving us. In its place we can rebuild something that allows us more expansiveness to breathe, love, laugh joyfully, and experience all that life has to offer.

— Charmecia Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

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 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