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Body Image Disorder

For many of us, there is something we don’t like about our appearance. However, we don’t obsess about our imperfections, and they don’t interfere with our daily lives. For people with body image issues, sometimes also called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), they can become obsessed with their perceived flaws. They may have racing thoughts or avoid social situations and isolate themselves. Body image issues can lead to eating disorders, mental health problems—like anxiety and depression—self-esteem problems, substance use disorders, and sexual dysfunction. Our Solutions offers body dysmorphia treatment alongside addiction recovery services.

Our therapists use a variety of transformational modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and hypnotherapy. Research has shown that CBT is effective for treating body image issues because it allows clients to challenge their preconceived ideas about themselves and shows them how to take responsibility for creating the lives that they truly desire.

While therapy is a key part of recovering from a body image problem, taking into account the effects of poor body image is also important. Many people who suffer from BDD also develop an eating disorder, whether anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating disorder, and others; male eating disorders are common, too, and often go untreated or under-treated. Eating disorders therapy begins not only with counseling, but also with intensive nutritional counseling.

Eating  Disorders

Our Solutions understands that body image and eating disorders often—but not always—go hand in hand. Our programs treat a range of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, male eating disorders, and compulsive overeating. Call us today.

Nutrition Services

When people suffer from body dysmorphia, they can develop eating disorders, substance use issues, or other problems that lead to poor diet. Learn more about Our Solutions’ nutrition services program.

Sex Therapy

Good sex often mirrors how you feel about your body—not what your partner thinks. Our Solutions’ sex therapy program can help with problems of body image, sexual intimacy, and self-expression in the bedroom. Find out more.

Body image disorder can also interfere with sexual pleasure. Being fearful of being seen naked or being out of touch with how you feel can contribute to problems of intimacy during sex or initiating sex at all. If you’ve experienced trauma, you might not want to be touched, might be afraid of sexual intimacy, or might associate sex with violence.

At Our Solutions, we understand that today’s society is marred with pressure to present a perfect image to the outside world. The incessant and unquestioned desire to seek external validation becomes progressive, and it often resembles or leads to obsessive-compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders and substance abuse. The racing thoughts about appearance can impact social functioning, feelings of self-worth and self-identity, and the ability to fulfill daily obligations.

In a trauma-informed paradigm, we see clients who are struggling with a history of abuse or PTSD often resort to maladaptive coping mechanisms to deal with their pain, leading to more self-destructive behaviors. In order to fully address these issues, a program that focuses on the root cause of trauma, not just the symptoms of eating disorders and substance abuse, is required. While everyone is unique, Our Solutions has developed three core programs for treating disorders that we believe are essentially related to body dysmorphia: eating disorders, nutritional counseling, and sex therapy.

We offer a fully integrated program for providing body dysmorphia treatment, including utilizing hypnotherapy, EMDR, yoga therapy, art therapy, animal therapy, and other progressive treatments like sound healing and therapeutic drumming, to name a few.