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Dealing With Negative Body Image Issues

What are negative body image issues?: Although many people will at one time or another feel dissatisfied with some aspect of their appearance, body image issues can become a serious problem when they start to interfere with your daily wellbeing or your sense of self. At their extreme, they can contribute to mental health issues like eating disorders, agoraphobia or body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), in which your self-body image becomes distorted from reality.

Body image issues do not have to be extreme for you to benefit from therapy. A negative or unhealthy body image can be distressing in your daily life, and a supportive therapist can help you to explore your feelings, and understand and manage your insecurities which might have led to feelings and behaviours like, eating disorders, lack of self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

Therapies are available such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that might help you recognise feelings and behaviours around your negative body image issues in the present moment which are unhelpful, and work to change your responses to things that trigger negative self-talk.

Therapists & Counsellors Working With Body Image Issues at HQ Therapy

There is a wide range of therapies that can help deal with and overcome negative body image issues. Since these issues are often rooted in childhood experiences, therapy that explores those experiences might be appropriate for you.

Below is a selection of our current therapists and counsellors who are fully trained to work with clients experiencing body image issues using different types of therapy approaches and a wide range of therapy techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Therapy Modalities That Deal With Body Image Issues

What to expect from therapy for negative body image issues: Getting treatment for your body image issues is an important step to recovery. The problem won’t just go away by itself. Your body image is negatively impacted by one or more significant events that have taken place in your past, therapy will help you discover what they are and ultimately help to deal with them.

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress your therapy. If you feel like you still need some more help in your decision then get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of this page (‘Can I Contact You For Advice About Therapy?’) and someone will guide you through the process.

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to body image issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy For Negative Body Image Issues?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.