Body Image Issues

Everyone has a body image, which is essentially defined as what we think we look like. A person's body image is created through a combination of their personal life experiences and external influencers, like culture and society. It is not at all uncommon to feel dissatisfied with your appearance occasionally. However, some body images issues, like body dysmorphic disorder, are more serious and can interfere with your daily life. Developing a positive body image can significantly improve your happiness. If you are experiencing excessive concern about a perceived physical defect, you may benefit from counseling. A mental health professional can be helpful in dealing with normal, negative body image feelings as well as specific body disorders.

Local experts in Body Image Issues

Elizabeth Gaynor (she/her)

Professional Counselor

It's not uncommon for Women's self worth to be tied to our body, having received cultural messaging of such since our birth. We'll discuss your current relationship with your body, and explore ways to rekindle the natural body-mind harmony that has been eroded over the years. We'll look holistically at your nourishment, sleep, movement and lifestyle to uncover a supportive approach to restoring your sacred relationship with your body.

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Caitlin Keitel

Professional Counselor

I know we can liberate ourselves and each other from the fear-based, body-shaming beliefs and behaviors we have learned. We can learn new ways of thinking about and living in our bodies. I work to encourage us all to bring our most loving relationship values into partnership with our bodies.

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Jessica Feinsmith, MA, LPC intern (She/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC intern

Growing up in “diet-Culture” can leave us feeling less than loving towards our bodies. I understand. Whether it is disordered eating behaviors or shame about your body, I can offer support. Utilizing increased mind and body awareness and self compassion, we can become allies of our bodies.

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Erica Grossman, LPC

Professional Counselor

In our society there is constant messaging that we must look a certain way. We are taught to feel inadequate and a general sense of shame if we don't live up to society's beauty standards. I can help you move from that place of shame, to a place of self-love and acceptance of who you are and what you look like today. You have inherent value because you are a person. I will honor that in our work.

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Marie Miller

Licensed Professional Counselor

Your child may not have an eating disorder, but struggle with messages they receive daily regarding the ideal women's body.

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Marena Passarelli

Licensed Professional Counselor

With my background in eating disorder treatment, I work with clients to help them nurture a healthier and more connected relationship with themselves and their bodies. I will support you move from a place of shame, towards a place of acceptance.

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Sarah Eckstein (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D., M.S.

I have a great deal of compassion for individuals who struggle to accept themselves and their body. Facilitating body image groups has been an incredibly meaningful part of my career thus far.

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Zeyah Roge (She/Her and They/Them)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MA, MFT Intern, LMT, RYT-500

Many of my clients seek my help because they crave a healthier relationship to their body. With my background in somatics, yoga, and massage along with my core values of 'health at every size', I support people navigate back to their body in a balanced and empowered way through a gentle yet powerful body-centered approach to counseling.

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Veronica Wilson (she/her)

Social Worker

CSWA

Whether you're struggling with body dysmorphia, weight gain/loss, or depression-related to body issues, I can help you reach healthy, sustainable gols with self-compassion at the core of the work we will do together.

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Sonia Holdaway

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Are you struggling with your relationship to your body, food, or both? With my background in eating disorder treatment, I help clients reconnect with an inner sense of health & balance in an affirming, body-positive space. I will support you in challenging external messages about how you should be, and help you connect instead with your needs, your values, and your intuitive healthy self.

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Christina Wall

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, NCC, CRC

I work from a Health at Every Size, or HAES®, approach in providing support for clients working to find peace with their body and food. HAES encourages us to trust our body by listening to hunger and fullness cues, seeking joy and moderation in physical activity, celebrating body diversity, and rejecting diet culture, sizeism, and the thin ideal. I also incorporate intuitive eating techniques to a

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Krystal Marcinkiewicz

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

We live in a society that can flood us with negative messages as to how our bodies are wrong. I work with clients to decrease shame and guilt around the body they reside in, and find safety and comfort in taking up the personal space you have the right to occupy .

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Neil Panchmatia MS, LPC-I, NCC (he/him)

Professional Counselor

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.

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