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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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

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 Wall, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , OR
 

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 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
 

Find a new, positive way to see to see your body!

— Stephanie Amundson, Licensed Professional Counselor in , IL

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
 

I realize how difficult it can be to accept your body, let alone like or love it in today's diet culture & appearance driven society. I also know a way out & are ready to help you get there. Let's stop the body shame, and improve your Body Image using tools including CBT, Self Compassion, Body Neutrality & Functionality, & Mindfulness.

— Audra Coons, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa, FL

We are told from an incredibly young age that our value and our worth are inextricably tied to our appearance. That if we don’t meet society’s standards we aren’t worthy of love, respect, or happiness. Yeah…hell no. I am a HAES-aligned, anti-diet clinician dedicated to helping women identify and unpack the toxic messages we get from diet culture. Using principles of intuitive eating, let's get you on a path towards food freedom and self-acceptance. You are enough, just as you are.

— Shani Leichter, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
 

I have over 3yrs experience working with body image issues, eating disorders and lessened self-confidence. I have worked in all levels of care on these issues.

— Ariel Harris, Clinical Social Worker in Raleigh, NC

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
 

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. I practice under the principles of Health-At-Every-Size and Intuitive Eating and strongly believe one's health is not determined by one's weight. I do NOT promote diets of any kind and work with clients to improve their relationship with food and their bodies as is.

— Jacqueline 'Jackie' Abeling, Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

Moving towards healthier self-beliefs regarding eating and body issues can become almost like a meditative path. Those who struggle with these issues battle media and societal expectations while yearning to feel comfortable accepting themselves as is. Not only do I have knowledge and expertise firsthand but have sought out many resources along my own path.

— Candis Zimmerman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , TX
 

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

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 Zapata Gonzalez, Clinical Psychologist in Modesto, CA
 

I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor with training and experience in disordered eating and body image isssues.

— Lizette Mollinea, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL

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
 

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 have advance study in Health at Every Size (HAES) and intuitive eating and run Body Image Support Group.

— Kat Polmear, Therapist in Royal Oak, MI