Body image and dysmorphia
Feeling unhappy with how you look and being uncomfortable in your body can impact on your experience of life. You may develop low self-esteem and confidence, and become overly self-critical. This can have a damaging impact on your self-image and feelings of possibility. People who experience body image issues can sometimes develop another condition called body dysmorphia or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and this can cause you to avoid certain situations or people, develop unhealthy habits or other conditions such as anxiety or depression.
If you are struggling with difficult feelings or relationships you may divert your attention to something more concrete to blame, such as aspects of your body. You may become preoccupied and overly critical towards yourself, lose perspective or ignore other areas of your life. Pressure from advertising that promotes the latest ‘ideal’ female or male body, skin or face, can compound this problem.
Our therapists will delicately support you to explore what may feel like very personal and unspeakable thoughts and feelings. They can help you to understand what your concerns might be masking and what is preventing you accepting yourself the way you are. In therapy, you will practice a richer, more accepting and kinder way of thinking about yourself so you feel more comfortable in your skin.
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Work and workplace issues
- Family relationships
- Romantic relationships
- Food issues and eating disorders
- LGBTQ+ – gender and sexual identity & orientation
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Childhood abuse
- Parenting issues
- Step-parenting issues
- Stress and feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling stuck, uninspired or lost
- Sexual anxiety
- Sexual assault including rape