Teen Body Image

 

Many teens, both male and female, can struggle with how they view their body. Peers, media, social media, and even extracurricular activities can contribute to these struggles and distortions. Many teens have a negative or distorted view of their body. This could include feeling overweight or underweight, feeling unattractive, not having the “right or fashionable” body type or facial features, or feeling like they don’t fit in.  Teen development and responses to stress are unique.  At Journeys, we recognize this difference and work with our teen clients to first create safety, establish trust, and foster a connection, so their healing journey can begin.

 

Today’s teens are faced with a variety of challenges and issues that may contribute or co-occur with body image issues.

 

Individuals may choose to seek therapy for help with:

 

Eating disorders  (anorexia/bulimia/overeating)

Over-exercising or over-training for a sport/activity

Feelings of anxiety or depression

Being bullied or targeted by peers

Social media bullying or pressure

Thoughts of suicide or self-injury (cutting/burning)

Early signs of addiction (alcohol, drugs, eating disorders)

Disclosures of trauma and abuse

Significant stress or change in home environment

Inappropriate sexual behavior

Isolation

Anger outbursts

 

Teen Therapy Can Help:

 

The development and function of the adolescent brain is no doubt, very different than that of an adult.  We use a variety of ways to connect with teens through music, art, talking, journaling, and other forms of healthy self-expression.  Our therapists work to partner with each client to collaboratively craft a plan to identify the issues, learn to express feelings in healthy ways, establish coping skills, and develop a healthy body image and view of self. This process is unique to each individual client, but often will involve the parent or caregiver during the early assessment period.  When appropriate, Journeys therapists may work with other members of the family system in conjunction with the teen’s treatment.

 

 

We generally recommend scheduling an initial assessment with a Journeys counselor to evaluate what your teen or family's specific needs are, as well as determining best options for treatment and more precise answers to the questions you may have about the process. The Journeys team strives to provide you with the perfect fit professionally, and will happily direct you to the counselor with the best personality, expertise and approach for your family.

 

Click on the therapists below to schedule a consultation or check out our team to connect with a therapist that's right for your situation.

 

Need help? Contact our administrative assistant here with any questions, concerns or to be matched with a therapist that is best suited for you and your family's needs.

 

 

Vanessa Van Dyke, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Christina McShane, PsyD

Post-Doctoral Psychology Associate

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