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

Jessica Feinsmith, MA, LPC intern, NCC (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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Sonia Holdaway (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS

If you have a difficult relationship with your body, food, exercise, or all of the above, you are not alone. I specialize in body image and eating disorders, and love to 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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Veronica Wilson (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, MSW

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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Marena Passarelli (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, LMHC

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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Laura La Rosa (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MA, MSW, LCSW

We are not our thoughts and we don't have to believe them. Body image struggles are likely attached to unskillful and habitual thinking. We can work together to dis-empower the habitual thoughts that hold you hostage. We can craft accurate thoughts that support your self esteem. Lets work collaboratively to improve your relationship to your body, mind and emotions.

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Ashley Parkinson (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CADC-I

I work with body image issues from a body positive, HAES (Health at Every Size) perspective, and from my own lived experience as someone who has learned to see beyond diet and fat-hating culture to a place of body acceptance and respect. I support my clients wherever they are in their relationships with their bodies through Intuitive Eating and Be Nourished's "Body Trust" model. I employ Motivational Interviewing to help people identify personal values and goals toward change.

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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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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.

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Caitlin Keitel (she/her)

Professional Counselor

M.A. Process Oriented Facilitation

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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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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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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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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Krystal Marcinkiewicz

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

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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