Your body image can be responsible for a large portion of both how you feel about yourself and how you interpret situations around you.
Do you like the way you look?
Are you critical of your body?
Do you wish you could make changes to the way you look?
Do you ever skip meals or feel guilty when you eat?
The way you perceive your body, or body image, is an important part of your overall mental health and wellbeing. Experiencing negative thoughts and feelings about your body can lead to symptoms of depressionand anxiety, unhealthy eating habits, substance use, and even relationship troubles. Body size and image has long been a topic of concern and conversation, though for adolescents and young adults, social media has further complicated our relationships with our bodies, by providing a whole new platform for us to be able to criticize ourselves and others.
By creating a more realistic and healthy body image you can dramatically improve your life and mental wellbeing. Our counselorsprovide a safe, judgment free space to explore your feelings about your body and the way you look. Therapy can introduce new skills that can help you improve your body image, increase your personal confidence and enjoyment in life, and redefine your personal goals.
If you feel that your body image concerns have transitioned past just thoughts and you feel as though you may be exhibiting disordered eating patterns, our psychologists are here to help. Eating disorders are complex illnesses and the onset of eating disorders typically occurs during adolescence. Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder affect millions of adolescents and young adults in the United States. Research suggests that eating disorders result from a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors, with body image only being a part of the combination.
If you are struggling with disordered eating patterns, it is not your fault. Genetics, past traumas, family dynamics, and bullying can all be risk factors for developing an eating disorder.Therapy can help. The earlier that eating disorders are diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome. It can be anxiety provoking to seek help. Our psychologists understand the difficult dynamics that present with disordered eating patterns and often collaborate with other professionals to best help you on the road to recovery.