Body Dysmorphic Disorder


Body Dysmorphia shares a number of qualities with OCD. Both include obsessions and compulsions. What’s more, the go-to treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder and OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

People with BDD experience overwhelming negative thoughts about parts of their bodies. As a result, they feel a lot of anxiety, which they try to get rid of through compulsions. This can include a number of actions such as mirror checking or avoidance, reassurance seeking, skin picking and camouflaging the perceived flaw.

Given the world we live in, it’s safe to say that most people are dissatisfied with some part of their appearance. The difference for those with BDD is they have an intense preoccupation with perceived defects that are nonexistent or slight. Unlike average body concerns, BDD results in high levels of distress and impairment.


Body Dysmorphic Disorder can be very challenging, but there is hope for those who suffer. Research has found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for BDD. Initially, CBT involves educating individuals with BDD about the nature of their disorder. After this, they learn to evaluate their thoughts more rationally through a process known as cognitive restructuring. In addition to this, treatment includes Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which involves doing the things that cause anxiety without engaging in compulsive behaviors. Through this process, those with BDD learn how to navigate their anxiety in ways that do not disrupt their lives. CBT for BDD also includes Mirror Retraining, which is an exercise aimed at helping people improve their relationship with mirrors. In the exercise, people with the disorder learn to describe their bodies in an objective way.


Are you or a loved one struggling with body image and looking for help? Therapist at The Center for the Obsessive Mind use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support individuals with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. You can learn more about the treatments and services we provide here.


The Center for the Obsessive Mind offers

therapy in several states and internationally.

Learn more about where the staff practices, below.

Pastel skies and a pristine beach in Northern California, one of the areas where The Center for the Obsessive Mind helps people with BDD.


The Center for the Obsessive Mind’s staff therapists offer online therapy for BDD throughout California. Our Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego. Whether you’re in Silicon Valley, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills or Dana Point, the Center’s staff can support you in your recovery.

The red rock spires of Bryce Canyon in Utah, one of the states where The Center for the Obsessive Mind offers counseling for BDD.


Staff members at the Center for the Obsessive Mind offer treatment for BDD in the state of Utah. Since we provide teletherapy, we work with people who live in different areas of the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.

Clear turquoise waters in the Keys, one of the places where The Center for the Obsessive Mind offers online treatment for BDD in Florida.


Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind also offer treatment for BDD online in Florida. We see people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, we can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.

The placid, clear waters of Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe, one part of Nevada where The Center for the Obsessive Mind offers therapy for BDD online.


Therapists at the Center for the Obsessive Mind also practice teletherapy in Nevada. So if you’re seeking help in Glenbrook, Incline Village, Reno or Las Vegas, we offer specialized therapy for BDD online across the Grand Canyon State.

The Seven Sisters sea cliffs in Sussex, England, one international locale where  The Center for the Obsessive Mind provides counseling.


In addition to all of the locations previously listed, the staff at the Center for the Obsessive Mind offer teletherapy for BDD to a number of countries internationally.

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Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.


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