Approaches to Overcoming Negative Body Image in Treatment

Willow Place on August 11, 2020
Approaches to Overcoming Negative Body Image in Treatment

When it comes to the development of eating disorders, body image plays a huge role. Essentially, body image is the way one perceives the way their own body looks. It can take into account self-feelings about weight, size, and basically any other physical attribute. Typically, women who are living with eating disorders experience negative body image. Thus, leading to the development of negative behaviors including restrictive eating habits, overeating, and neglecting to eat altogether.

Since body image plays such an important factor in the development of many eating disorders, it’s important to address negative body image during treatment. This way, while women in treatment can learn more about how to eat healthily and utilize helpful coping mechanisms, they can also work on healing what truly motivates unhealthy eating patterns.

During treatment, there are a number of therapeutic tools and techniques which are helpful in boosting body image. Therefore, helping women living with eating disorders to see themselves for who they truly are. That is, a person who is beautiful and deserving of love regardless of her size, weight, and outer appearance.

Approaches to Healing Negative Body Image Issues

Here at Willow Place for Women, we offer a number of techniques and approaches to help boost body positivity and heal negative body image issues. Some of these techniques include:


Dialectical behavioral therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on how our thought patterns can translate into behavioral patterns. Basically, the idea behind how this therapy works is that if a person can identify and change negative thought patterns associated with their body image, they can change the behaviors (like disordered eating) too. Furthermore, along with helping individuals identify negative thought patterns, DBT also helps to provide individuals with helpful coping strategies. This way, when negative, intrusive thoughts occur about one’s body image in the future, they have the tools and skills needed to overcome these thoughts. And, neglect having to self-medicate these thoughts and feelings with negative behaviors.

Process Group Therapy:

While DBT sessions are typically in an individualized setting, group therapies are also helpful for women struggling with body image issues. Process groups are types of group therapy sessions that involve offering a safe and guided environment in which women can share their feelings and experiences related to their eating disorder healing journey. This supports individuals as it provides them with peers who understand their struggles. And, helps to build a community of like-minded individuals that share the same goals. Thus, offering a whole new level of support, encouragement, and accountability for those who take advantage of it.

Eat, Breathe, Thrive:

This supportive therapy combines three different techniques in order to help women with body image issues. The first, eat, consists of nutrition education and counseling. Thus, giving women the tools and knowledge they need to begin making healthy choices about food. The next technique, breathe, entails mindfulness-based therapies like yoga. These techniques help introduce mindfulness as a useful tool in combating negative body image. And, finally, thrive is the part of this supportive therapy that helps women understand the importance of self-love and self-confidence in order to overcome negative body issues. And, provides tools useful in keeping up with self-love efforts.

Get Help With Negative Body Image Today

Here at Willow Place for Women, we offer outpatient treatment for women living with eating disorders of all kinds. Currently, we’re also offering out outpatient therapy and other treatment services by means of telehealth services. This allows for safe treatment during the current global COVID19 pandemic. And, gives people even more flexibility when getting professional help for eating disorders.

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