Counseling for Body Image

Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin? Our counseling for body image is focused on encouraging body positivity and eliminating negative self-talk.

Help with Body Image ChicagoYou see them as soon as you look in the mirror. The love handles. The split ends. That enormous patch of acne in the middle of your forehead.

Life will be so much better, so much happier, if you could just lose weight, change your hair, or clear up your complexion.

You’ve tried everything. Every fad diet, every hair treatment, every skin product. But nothing works. Still the same body. Minus more self-confidence. Negative thoughts just keep chipping and chipping away.

But your body’s not the problem.

Help with Body Image ChicagoYou’ve been conditioned to think so. You’ve been trained to think you’re not trying hard enough to change it. That if it’s not the ideal, it’s your fault.

According to a recent study published by Common Sense Media, by the time girls reach the age of 10, 80% of them have been on a diet. Viewing your body as a problem starts at a young age and only worsens as you grow up.

Well-meaning family members, friends, and even physicians may tell you that you need to change your body.  The more you hear, the more ingrained the body shame becomes.

Shame can have a huge impact.

It can cause negative self-talk, isolation, and anxiety.

Shame can hold you back from pursing a coveted job or relationship because you think you’re not “good enough.” It can cause you to become so preoccupied with food and exercise to the point that you no longer nourish or care for your body.

Help with Body Image Chicago

You deserve to live the life you’ve always wanted right now, not “once you’ve lost the weight.”

You deserve to be FREE!

Free – from constantly thinking negative thoughts about yourself.

Free – from obsessing over the next “miracle” diet or product.

Free – to take the chance on that new job or new relationship

We can help!

Together, we’ll explore the roots of your body image – how you developed the view of your body as a problem. We will process through any negative memories you have of discrimination or bullying because of your appearance. More importantly, you’ll learn how to rebuild your self-image with compassion and love.

You’ll gain the tools to vanquish difficult, negative spontaneous thoughts and feelings. You will replace those thoughts with more neutral observations of yourself and the world. Your sense of defeat will be replaced with hope.

Your confident self waits for you within; let’s begin the healing and liberation today!

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Read some frequently asked questions about counseling and accepted insurance plans.

Your privacy is important to us, and confidentiality is an important piece of the therapeutic process. All your information is kept strictly confidential. However, there are specific exceptions:

  • With your signed permission, we may collaborate with other providers such as your psychiatrist or primary care physician
  • By law, we are required to break confidentiality and report to the appropriate authorities if we learn that you are a danger to yourself or others or if we learn of actual or threatened harm to those who are vulnerable such as children, elderly, or those with special needs.

Our paperwork details the limits of confidentiality, and we will discuss this more fully during our first appointment.

Often, people think they must be in crisis or that things must be “really bad” before they go to counseling. Counseling can help offer support and validation, determine if and how to make necessary changes, and achieve goals.

Maybe you worked with a counselor in the past but feel like things are becoming difficult again. This happens; life happens.

Just as with many things in life, we, too, may require ongoing maintenance to deal with new struggles or to continue managing ongoing stressors.

We work together to learn about your experience and determining what may be most useful for you.

We offer counseling services only, not medication management. However, we are happy to refer you to psychiatrist, or you can ask your primary care physician to assist you with medication management.

With your written consent, we can collaborate with your psychiatrist or physician regarding your mental health care.

We are in-network with a variety of insurance options. As an “in-network” provider, we have a contract with the insurance company so you are able to utilize your in-network health insurance benefits. There are many types of insurance plans within a network, so it is advised to call your insurance company to see if Restorative Counseling is covered in your network. A few of the many plans accepted by Restorative Counseling are:

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Student Health (Northwestern University students)
  • BlueChoice PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Meritain (not Meridian)
  • Optum
  • Oxford
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Resources (for Loyola University Chicago students and University of Chicago students)
  • United Medical Resources (UMR)