Therapists Specializing in Body Dysmorphia in Boston Area

It’s common to occasionally feel concerned about aspects of our appearance, regardless of age, sex, or gender identity. For some people, however, this worry is of the severity that calls for the diagnosis of “body dysmorphic disorder,” a mental health condition marked by a preoccupation with perceived defects in appearance and compulsive behaviors or routines that function as an attempt to help deal with the anxiety. For many people, body dysmorphia is distressing and interferes with relationships and daily life.

The trained therapists below can help with any type of concern about appearance that interferes with your wellbeing. The aim of therapy is to better understand body dysmorphia, develop more helpful appearance-related thoughts and beliefs, and reduce unhelpful compulsive behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with a component of exposure and response prevention (ERP) is one of the most common treatment approaches for body dysmorphia.

Find therapists in Boston Area who specialize in body dysmorphia below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Chiké  Nwankwo

Chiké Nwankwo

1842 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02445

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $450 per session

I try to be really respectful of people. It’s no small thing to come into therapy, nobody ever comes into therapy on their best day, its often their worst. I really try to keep that in mind. I really try to meet people where they’re at. I want to help people get the most out of their lives.


Jessica  Bell

Jessica Bell

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Aetna, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 per session

It takes a lot of bravery to reach out and start therapy. It can be scary to think about not trying to do this on our own anymore and it can be pretty vulnerable to talk with someone about what’s been going on in life. I nonjudgmentally and empathetically, go at your pace for exploring vulnerable areas. I also encourage clients to share feedback with me-what is working, what do you like, what’s not working, etc. You are the best judge about what you need, so we pay close attention to this. Our therapeutic relationship is also a very important factor in this process, so it’s important to feel like it’s the right fit and I may check in and see how the therapeutic relationship feels for you.

The first session or two focuses on background information. I provide a thorough assessment in order to understand as much as I can about you and what you’ve been experiencing. We then set goals and then work towards those goals through the variety of techniques above. When we have met or are moving closer to goals, individuals will move down from weekly sessions to biweekly or monthly sessions, until they feel confident to approach what brought them to counseling and feel complete with their process in therapy.


Brandon  Erdos

Brandon Erdos

1330 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $300 per session

Psychotherapy offers an opportunity to take on your life and put your past in your past to most powerfully create yourself and your future. The opportunity to connect and authentically communicate and explore one's life and oneself can be challenging, exciting, eye opening, and life changing. I hope to provide a space for this exploration and creation. I take an integrated approach, combining psychotherapy and medication (when indicated). Together with the patient I look to discover new ways of being with you.


Emily  Fox-Kales

Emily Fox-Kales

30 Bartlett Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Our image-driven photo-shopping culture has created an epidemic of eating disorders and body image problems that continues to drain our energy and self-esteem, disempowering us in an endless pursuit of slenderness. I have dedicated my career as a clinical psychologist, university teacher and writer on popular media to liberating my clients from self-destructive relationships to food and weight, freeing them to ‘embody’ their authentic selves.


Sarah  Fink

Sarah Fink

185 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA, 02110

Online Sessions, MA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Sometimes we all need a little perspective. Sometimes when individuals feel overwhelmed by pain, confusion, sadness, & anxiety, it feels impossible or improbable for things to get any worse, much less any better. Do you feel stuck, suffocated, or always just a little bit behind? It's so easy to feel like who and where we want to be is unattainable. I know that you are the expert on your own life experience, and I believe what I bring to the table are the tools to help you feel more empowered, confident, and at peace with who you are. Sometimes gaining outside perspective & validation is what you need to come to an understanding of who you are at your very core, and to like the person you find there!


Alison B. Newman

Alison B. Newman

114 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA, 02421

Online Sessions, MA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

Alison Newman is a licensed clinical social worker in Brookline, MA, specializing in college student mental health and wellness. She works with adults, young adults, and older adolescents. Her areas of interest include: life transitions, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, and the mind-body connection. While her treatment approach is eclectic and holistic, she pulls from a variety of modalities depending on the needs of the client. Alison has been trained in several evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, and MBT. She also incorporates stress-reduction, mindfulness, and yoga therapy techniques, when appropriate, to provide clients with practical skills to manage their everyday lives.

Alison believes in a collaborative approach and is committed to a strong therapeutic alliance. Her goal is to help clients live more rewarding and fulfilling lives, to make peace with the past, and enjoy the present.


Brooke  Huminski

Brooke Huminski

Online Sessions, MA

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

I believe it takes an enormous amount of courage to reach out for help during a time of crisis. Whether it's the first time you're seeking therapy or you're returning and seeking a fresh approach, I'm glad you're here looking for the right fit. I work well with clients who are seeking an intuitive, dynamic, and trauma-informed approach. With gentleness and directness, I help clients uncover their hidden strengths, reduce harmful behaviors, and build supportive relationships.


Jessica  Slavin Connelly

Jessica Slavin Connelly

2464 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02140

1 East Foster Street, Melrose, MA, 02176

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Tufts Health Plan (Commercial Plans, not via Mass Health or Navigator), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Hi, thanks so much for taking an interest in my practice. It takes great courage and awareness to make the decision to reach out for support. Many of us have times in our lives when we find ourselves held back by the 'silent conversation' that we have with ourselves throughout the day. By understanding the origins of this self talk and how it influences our thoughts, feelings, and actions, it is possible to adapt it to feel a greater sense of empowerment, agency, motivation, and peace in life.
My background includes nearly 20 years in clinical health care, school, and community settings working therapeutically with individuals, couples, and groups on a wide-range of issues causing acute and chronic distress. I look forward to hearing from you to answer any questions you might have.


Rebecca  Shingleton

Rebecca Shingleton

185 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA, 02110

Online Sessions, MA

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

Welcome! I am Dr. Rebecca Shingleton, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in downtown Boston. Thank you for visiting my profile – I have provided some information about my approach and background, and I encourage you to contact me with any questions you may have.
I evaluate and treat symptoms related to anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, depression, and eating disorders. Additionally, I work with adults looking to effectively navigate current life stressors (e.g., work challenges, interpersonal relationships, transitions). My aim is to create a compassionate and open environment in order to address my patients’ concerns. I use state of the art interventions such as cognitive behavioral and acceptance based strategies. These empirically supported tools have been shown to be successful at catalyzing change. I then personalize treatment in order to effectively and efficiently achieve my client’s goals.
I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Princeton University, research assistantship at Columbia University Medical Center, doctoral studies at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, clinical internship at Weill Cornell Medicine, and postdoctoral training at the VA Boston Healthcare System. In these settings, I have trained with international experts in cognitive behavioral therapy and the treatment of emotional disorders. In addition to my private practice, I teach an undergraduate course at Harvard University and provide research mentorship to students. I have also consulted for digital therapeutic companies seeking to integrate cognitive behavioral strategies and research into their product. I have received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, published over 15 papers and book chapters, and have presented on a range of topics pertaining to mental health both nationally and internationally.


Sarah  Karytko

Sarah Karytko

8 Grove Street, Wellesley, MA, 02482

Online Sessions, MA

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $185 per session

Seeking help is always difficult, but finding the right person to help you can often be just as hard. While solid credentials, accredited education, and clinical training are essential, it’s also just as crucial to find a therapist you can trust. I take a collaborative, empowering, and in-depth approach. I believe that a supportive relationship between therapist and patient is where lasting change begins, and eventually leads to a deeper understanding of yourself. Together, we will work toward making changes and reaching your personal health and well-being milestones. I facilitate a warm, accepting environment that offers understanding and care, coupled with supportive challenges to help you grow.


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