Body Dysmorphia Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage body dysmorphia through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to manage body dysmorphia through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.

Learn about body dysmorphia

Most people are dissatisfied or self-conscious with some aspect of the way they look. However, if your appearance is causing you a large amount of distress and you spend a lot of your day worrying about it, then your concern may have become excessive. You may have noticed that much of your days are taken up with thoughts about the way you look, frequently checking your appearance in the mirror, or avoiding mirrors all together. The concern may be about a particular feature that you believe looks ugly or disfigured. If this sounds familiar, this could indicate some of the behaviours that are associated with body dysmorphia.

 

Body Dysmorphia refers to a distressing, continuous preoccupation with an apparent defect in one’s appearance. Some common focuses of obsession in individuals with Body Dysmorphia include skin appearance (e.g. scaring), facial features (e.g. shape and size of nose) or another body part (such as arms, breasts or buttocks). However, someone with Body Dysmorphia may have an obsession with any aspect of their appearance. Body dysmorphic disorder also affects women and men equally. For example, men may worry that they are not muscular enough (i.e., muscle dysmorphia) or that they are going bald.

 

If you have Body Dysmorphia, you may recognise some of the indications below:

Low self-esteem, depression, shame and guilt

Engaging in repetitive behaviours such as looking in a mirror, picking at the skin, covering up or examining the area of concern

Fear of being judged by others

Feeling self-conscious, not wanting to go out in public or have photos taken

Experiencing problems at work, school, or in relationships due to concerns about appearance

 

If you are overly concerned about your physical appearance, and it has begun to affect your daily functioning, it is time to consult a psychologist. Often people with Body Dysmorphia seek cosmetic procedures in order to ‘fix’ the perceived flaw, even after family and friends insist they cannot see the flaw. However, those who pursue treatments/procedures are generally left feeling worse about themselves or the preoccupation moves to another area of the body. Consequently, psychological support is crucial and should be sought.

 

Treatment by your someone.health psychologist will involve:

 

Reducing your negative thoughts about your appearance

Addressing the compulsive behaviours and rituals you use to lessen your anxiety – e.g. touching or checking a part of your body

Helping you to view yourself more holistically, without judgement and beyond your physical appearance

Exploring events or experiences which may have led you to become concerned about the body part in the first place

Working with you to decide whether medication is appropriate in your treatment

Body Dysmorphia Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling for body dysmorphia

Bilyana Riley

Bilyana’s 20 years’ experience is vast, having started my career in nursing before embarking on study to become a Clinical Psychologist. She sees people presenting with a broad spectrum of presentations, including trauma, depressive and anxiety based disorders, workplace bullying, phobias, relationship issues, stress disorders, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal behaviour, personality disorders, grief and relationship issues.

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Dee-Anne James

Dee has a practical and logical approach that is delivered with utmost compassion and understanding. Dee has experience working with both children and adults, and has worked with clients across the full spectrum of the lifespan. She has extensive experience working with people living with a disability, including assessment and diagnosis.

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Erin Stuckey

Erin has over twelve years experience working in the field of complex trauma. Erin has a particular interest in working with clients of all ages who have experienced post natal anxiety and depression, addictions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, phobias, mood disorders, and trauma.

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Geoffrey Haines

Geoff has over 10 years of experience working as a psychologist and has a keen interest working with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, procrastination, interpersonal difficulties and low self esteem. Geoff is trained in evidence-based approaches including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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Hamid Waqar

Hamid has a keen interest in working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, phobia, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties. Hamid is trained in several evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

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Isabella Bedford

Isabella has an in-depth understanding of people issues in society and has an interest in anxiety disorders, self-worth concerns, interpersonal and relationship issues. She is passionate about mindfulness-based interventions and the psychodynamic approach. Isabella is open-minded and enjoys working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations.

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James Minson

James’ approach to mental health is about mind-body integration and looking at the “whole person”. Mental health influences how we feel, think and move, how we communicate and relate to the world, and can seriously impact our physical health. James will hep make sense of how this all fits together, to explore unhelpful thoughts and behaviour, and identify different options.

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Jeanette McLean

Jeanette has 27 years of experience as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice, as an Employee Assistance Provider (both internal and external) and as a teacher of counselling in a private counselling college.

Jeanette has gained a lot of expertise working in many areas of psychopathology over the years and continues to enjoy ongoing professional development, offering a service of value.

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Joe Guse

Former comedian and current Clinical Psychologist Joe Guse uses humour to help people respond to life’s challenges. Joe strives to help people use humour to respond to lifes emotional choices. He has authored 20 books and appears regularly on American television shows including Biography, Autopsy, and Behind Closed Doors.

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Manya Scheftsik

Manya is experienced in helping people change behaviours that form part of a chronic condition whether physical or psychological. These changes include becoming more physically active and fit; pain management; feeling in control of your eating; the moderate consumption of alcohol; and cessation of smoking & problem gambling. She also has extensive experience helping people exit a substance abuse lifestyle.

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Michelle Popovski

Michelle works comfortably within an eclectic mix of therapeutic modalities to provide a framework to suit individual needs, including incorporating psychodynamic principles with evidenced based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She is passionate about helping people reach their full potential in life and offers a respectful, and compassionate therapeutic relationship.

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Mike van Dijkhuizen

Mike’s approach to therapy is mainly based on a model called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which focuses on learning to let go of unhelpful thoughts, being present with difficult emotions and connecting to your values, the things that really matter to you. Mike identifies as a gay man and enjoys working with the LGBTQ+ community.

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Shiva Moshir

Dr. Shyva has eight years of experience working with a wide range of clients including elder children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing emotional, social, behavioral and mental health difficulties. Shyva’s special interests are depression, stress and anxiety, grief, trauma and relationship issues. She is open to see women aged 12+.

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Simon Coyle

Simon is a qualified primary school teacher as well as a registered psychologist. Simon has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and behaviour and emotional disorders in children. He has a relaxed, easy going nature and likes to provide people with the skills to manage life’s challenges.

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Sophia Bouzikos

Sophia has a keen interest in working with people experiencing stress and anxiety, body image concerns, disordered eating, low-self esteem, interpersonal and relationship conflict, sleeping problems, as well as health and lifestyle concerns. Sophia is extremely passionate and is driven by a heart to genuinely create change in peoples lives

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Stephanie Cook

Stephanie has had nearly three decades of working with a diversity of clients, issues and genres. Stephanie is keen to work diversely with relationship issues family issues depression and anxiety faulty thinking self esteem learning difficulties stress performance management parenting and pregnancy including IVF.

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Teresa Caruso

Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.

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Wame Gofamodimo

Wame has been practising for over 10 years and brings a level of maturity and professionalism to her role as a psychologist. Wame’s key areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, grief & bereavement, workplace issues, life difficulties & transitions, eating disorders, and anger & conflict.

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Will Chen

Will has worked with people across the lifespan, specialising in helping children and young adults in coping with stress in schools and workplaces, as well as building up interpersonal relationships and assertive communication skills. He has also helped people experiencing disordered eating, addiction, anxiety, depression and coping with transition and change.

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