What is Body Image?

We all have a body. The relationship we have with our body is called body image.

Body image includes:

  • Thoughts and feelings about our body
  • Self perception of our own size and shape
  • Behaviors we engage in or avoid because of our relationship with our body

“Normative discontent” is the phrase that has been used to describe how many girls and women (and increasingly, boys and men) feel about their body, often due to the societal pressures to conform to what for most of us is an unrealistic ideal.

Cognitive behavior therapy, along with other treatment I individually design and tailor to help people feel comfortable in their body, is an effective way to improve all aspects of body image.

I teach empirically tested techniques to feel more embodied. Feeling happier in your body is associated with better self esteem, improved relationships, and more happiness.