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

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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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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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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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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Neil Panchmatia (he/they)

Professional Counselor

MS, NCC, Professional Counselor Associate

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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Christina Wall

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC, CRC

Many of us started dieting at 10 or younger and have been on some sort of diet or “lifestyle plan”ever since. It feels like dieting is the only option if you ever want to accept yourself (or be accepted). But there is a different way, a way that can reconnect you to the wisdom of your body and free you to pursue your dreams. I help people find peace with their bodies using a non-diet, weight neutral approach to food based on permission, allowance, self compassion and trust.

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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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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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Haley Brotzman (she/her)

Qualified Mental Health Professional

Student Intern

I'm particularly passionate about Health At Every Size and reconnecting with our bodies. All of us - men, women, and non-binary folx - can experience body image issues as we live in a society that highly values one type of body. We are shown socially that our bodies will never be enough. Through body image work and somatic therapy techniques, we can work to heal our image of our selves and love our bodies where they are at.

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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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JESSICA VAN DER MERWE (She/Her)

Professional Counselor

LMHC, Professional Counseling Associate

When did we learn to hate our bodies? It's a question we explore as we process and heal the damage that has been done by society, family, or our own self-loathing. I use a Health at Every Size and Body Trust perspective to reclaim the natural wisdom and healing of the body. Whether you have struggled with food, image, or been impacted by trauma, we approach the body with a new lens that can truly turn what we thought we knew about health and wellness upside down.

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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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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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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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Sonia Holdaway (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

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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