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.

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Jessica Feinsmith MA LPC (She/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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

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Abby Ernst (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, MA in Counseling and Eating Disorder Certification

Body image is something that many people struggle with at some point in their life. And how could you not when we live in a world so focused on dieting and getting smaller. I have specific training regarding working with body image and moving away from body shame.

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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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Chelsea Kellogg (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A. Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

I practice from a Health at Every Size, weight and food neutral, and intuitive eating model to help people feel liberated in their bodies, and with food. This model also involves addressing internalized ableism.

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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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Monica Marquard (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Having worked in eating disorder clinics since 2017, I have extensive knowledge of working with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image distress. I take a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach to my work.

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Amber Liechty (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I have extensive training in body image and eating disorders, with primary experience in disorders of over control - namely anorexia and body dysmorphia.

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Xan Scott (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

We are bombarded daily with images telling us how our bodies "should" look. It is a trillion dollar industry built around this "fix it" messaging. Do you ever find yourself scrolling endlessly on social media and naturally start to compare? It can be an overwhelming experience and can create feelings of low self-worth and we might not even be aware we are doing it! Learning to love and celebrate our bodies is key. It is a step by step process that together we can build trust and learn how to do.

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Kaia Stamiris (She/They)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

I have done professional training and study in this area and am Health at Every-Size informed, and aware of the presence of toxic cultural influences around dieting and fatphobia. I am accepting of clients as they are and believe that the work of unplugging from biased sources and de-programming cultural myths around our bodies is valuable.

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Dasia Star (she/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

Is your kiddo struggling with feelings of insecurity about their body? Are you a pissed off femme, wondering why all of the years of unpacking/unlearning patriarchy still have not left you feeling secure in your body? Are you NB/GNC and needing a space to process what it is like to simply live in your body? I never want you to feel shamed of your body again. I want to support you in finding peace, safety, and ease in your body. I genuinely believe that is everyone's birthright.

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Kasey Serdar (She/Her)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D.

I have always been interested in helping individuals develop a more compassionate and healthy relationship with their bodies. My interest and experience with these concerns arose in large part from working extensively with individuals struggling with eating disorders. I have found in the years of doing this work that many individuals with whom I work struggle with body image to a such an extent that it impacts their day to day lives.

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Jillian Brown (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I have worked with hundreds of people in support of finding love and appreciation for themselves. There are so many deeply ingrained messages around how we should or shouldn't look/act/be. I work with shifting those beliefs on a deep subconscious level so that it becomes easy to make healthy choices and you can have the confidence that you know how to take good care of yourself with ease.

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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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Sonia Holdaway (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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Rebecca Garetz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, CYT

I work with clients on challenging the societal myths about body image, help clients feel empowered in making choices for themselves in how they want to show up in their body. I use a combination of narrative, CBT, ERP, Yoga, and art approaches.

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Lindsay Day (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

I recognize the prevalence of diet culture that permeates through consumed media. I aim to combat the messages that we all receive about our bodies and the "beauty standards" and facilitate a better relationship with one's body and with food.

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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 the principles of 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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Neil Panchmatia (he/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, NCC, Licensed 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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Mariah Beltran (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist Resident

Resident213

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.

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