The Body Image Clinic of the UNC Department of Psychology Clinic is committed to providing innovative treatments for body image-related disorders. Body image concerns are common, and the great majority of individuals experience dissatisfaction with parts of their appearance from time to time. For some, body image concerns are more permanent and problematic – for example, if these concerns are very upsetting, get into the way of important or enjoyable activities, or attempts to “fix” one’s appearance take a great deal of time or money.

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Our clinic offers individual and couple-based treatments for clinically significant body-image concerns. Therapy may be offered on a sliding scale fee, or at no cost in the context of a research study. Appearance-related concerns can have many sources, and we work with individuals to decide which services may be most helpful.

For more information about potential treatment options, contact Lillian at bodyimage@unc.edu or 919-843-3951.

For some individuals, body image related issues may be part of the following specific problems:

Body-dysmorphic disorder

Individuals with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) become extremely concerned with one or more aspects of their appearance. For example, individuals may be concerned with a particular facial feature (e.g., a “bump” in their nose) or their hair (e.g., texture, etc.). Individuals with BDD spend hours each day trying to fix or change their appearance. In many cases, individuals engage in routines to avoid situations where their appearance concerns might be exacerbated or noticed. Additionally, individuals may seek cosmetic or dental treatment to alter their appearance. If this sounds like you or someone you love, we may be able to help.

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We are currently recruiting for a couples-based research study for individuals with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and their romantic partners. Individuals of any gender identity and sexual orientation are welcome.

More information about BDD: https://bdd.iocdf.org/about-bdd

Eating disorders (including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder)

If your body image concerns are primarily focused on body weight or shape/eating/dieting, you may be interested in the following UNC resource: https://www.med.unc.edu/psych/eatingdisorders

More information about eating disorders: http://www.aedweb.org/index.php/education/eating-disorder-information/eating-disorder-information-2