Therapists Specializing in Body Dysmorphia in San Diego

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 San Diego 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!


Julia  Musker

Julia Musker

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Cigna, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $150 per session

It's so important to connect with your therapist. I take so much joy in connecting with others and allow you a safe, comfortable space to be vulnerable in. I'm human too, so I like to laugh with you and cry with you. I want therapy to be a positive experience and work hard to collaborate with you on your treatment goals and keep the lines of communication open about what you are liking or disliking about our time together.

It is my job but also my privilege to connect with you and form a therapeutic relationship that you feel like you can be yourself in. I have a no judgment zone policy, as I am not here to do that, but only to listen, empathize, and educate in the hopes that you leave therapy with more self awareness, confidence, and coping skills. Can't wait to meet you!


Mallory  Hepp

Mallory Hepp

Online Sessions, CA

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

I believe that relationships are at the core of therapy. I seek to build a strong, trusting relationship with you so that we can delve into the problems that are getting in the way of your vision for your life. I operate from a non-judgmental, compassionate, client-centered perspective where I treat you as the expert on your situation and seek to understand you and your challenges in the context of your experiences, values, and desires. I work collaboratively with you to connect you with your strengths and values in order to address the issues you're struggling with.

I consider it a privilege to be in conversation about the messy parts of life with you and to conjointly create a shame-free space where you can do this work. I hold hope that change is possible and that you can move closer to your vision for your life, even when the problems you're up against seem overwhelming.


Carmel Valley Psychologists

Carmel Valley Psychologists

Online Sessions, CA

12625 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA, 92130

Insurances: Tricare
Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $50 - $200 per session

We understand how difficult it can be to seek out therapy and we are here to help you get started. Send us a message and we are happy to set up an initial consultation if needed.

Carmel Valley Psychologists (CVP) are LGBTQ+ informed and allied and specialize in working with marginalized populations and all genders. We work from an evidence-based framework that seeks to understand each individual’s patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behavior in order to deepen self-awareness and insight, reduce suffering, and provide a window for change. Therapy is tailored to each individual's needs and our approach is very supportive and collaborative.

Julie Manoogian, Psy.D. (CA License PSY31242) is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 18 years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked in multiple settings, including college counseling centers, an inpatient residential treatment facility, and private practice. Dr. Manoogian works from a trauma informed framework and has extensive training and expertise working with individuals and couples struggling with relationship challenges, emotion regulation, anxiety, stress, identity issues, self -esteem, and depression.

Dominic J. DiMaggio, Psy.D. (PSB# 94025634) is a registered psychological assistant. He has worked in multiple outpatient treatment facilities, including community mental health, public high school, federal career training facility, and university counseling centers. Dr. DiMaggio provides individual and couples therapy. He is interested in and has experience treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic response, and relational distress.


Jessica  Foley

Jessica Foley

Online Sessions, CA

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

It can be tough to start counseling; telling your story to someone new. It's a brave thing to seek help when life feels out of control, and you should feel proud of your choice to make a change.
I have special expertise in treating many women's issues - everything from emotional pain stemming from reproductive health challenges to dealing with infidelity in a relationship. As a woman, I understand how life can affect us differently. Problems like unplanned pregnancies, chronic illnesses, overwhelming anxiety, eating issues, postpartum mood issues - it's stuff like this that can really have an impact on how you feel.
It can be difficult to talk about the problems that are keeping us up at night, but counseling is one place where it’s ok to say anything, and to truly be heard and helped. In goal oriented psychotherapy, we will use the power of your narrative to show the way to a more connected life. You will experience a safe, empathic environment to share, learn and grow through our work together. Healing through making changes in your life isn’t always easy, but therapy can be a supportive place to start! You are the expert of you, and I want to help you use your intuition to be the best badass 'you' you can be. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you.


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