BODY IMAGE AND BODY ESTEEM
The messages we get and absorb as children, teenagers and as adults about our bodies and appearance can really shape how we feel and think and about our bodies.
These messages can come from school, parents, family, wider society, peers, friends, health professionals and things we read and see.
These messages work to shape our perception of our body and can lead to negative body image and BDD (body dysmorphic disorder).
This perception, however, is often not how we 'actually' look and so a discrepancy exists between 'perceived' or 'interpreted' body image, based on the messages we have absorbed over the years and our 'actual', 'real', or 'factual' appearance.
Psychotherapy and counselling, amongst other things, would seek to reduce this gap or discrepancy and help you see the 'real' body, not the negative body image that has been shaped and coloured by unhelpful and even harmful messages from elsewhere over the years.
We have a team of professional, encouraging, patient and skilled psychotherapists and counsellors at our various practices who can provide support for body image.
Our website is really old (10+ years) and is in the process of having a makeover/redesign, so information on there is limited; however, if you need more information or have any questions about what support we can offer, please do feel free to get in touch and we can discuss who we can support you.
All the best,
Talking EDs (Glasgow and West Eating Disorders Support Service)