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Therapy for Body Image Concerns

In the Western World society perpetuates the message that there is a norm in the way that we should look;  slim, tall, beautiful, with no facial or body hair and no unusual features such as a distinctive nose or unusual looking face.  The media and fashion industry persist in portraying an image that leads many people to feel unattractive and to hate their body or some part of it and so develop poor body image.

Faced with these pressures women (and men) can develop a condition known as body dysmorphia, a term used to describe the hatred and loathing a person can feel for their own body.

This is a very unhappy way to live and in an attempt to conform and change the size of their body many people diet.

Although it is possible for some people to succeed with dieting for a while at some stage  for the majority a sense of deprivation will soon kick in and, at this point, many people find themselves binging and gain weight.  So they start again with the diet and a cycle begins which can lead to  eating disorders such as bulimia, compulsive overeating or anorexia.

Therapy Could Help

I have a particular interest in working with people who experience body image difficulties and use both a therapeutic and psycho-educational approach.        By exploring your attitude to yourself, becoming aware of the beliefs you hold and how you speak to yourself you can, with support and practice, begin to choose a different way and build on this to create a more comfortable, supportive relationship with yourself and a happier and healthier body image.

Imagine a seven year old child who wakes each morning to hear how ugly or fat she is.    What is her day like?  Imagine how miserable she feels that day at school and how she blames herself – is that how you speak to yourself?  Now instead imagine a child who wakes, is treated kindly and hears how much she is loved.   How different will her day be?  And her life?  Which child is more likely to develop a poor body image?

We each have that small child inside of us and how we speak to ourselves makes a world of difference to how we feel day to day.   We can learn to speak kindly to ourselves; we can support ourselves to feel better about our bodies or at least to stop hating them.  It is essential that we do this for our own sake and for the sake of the generations that follow us.

Contact me at:  northlondontherapistSL@gmail.com.  I will be happy to talk with you.

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