"If you can’t fly, then run.  If you can’t run, then walk.  If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

- Martin Luther King Jr. -
Dr. Sharleen McDowall, Psy.D., C.Psych.
Registered Psychologist
Body Image Body Image

Body Image

"I can't look at myself in the mirror anymore", "I hate myself"

"I feel disgusting", "I can't stop obsessing" 

Does this sound like you or a loved one?  

Our society's culture of perfection has spurred an unrealistic standard of appearance and beauty that affects many of us. Under the influence of this standard of beauty, more and more individuals experience obsessive thoughts concerned with their appearance, and question whether they are attractive enough. If you spend excessive amounts of time and energy thinking about and trying to change your physical appearance, you may be experiencing symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. People who suffer from BDD usually say that they wish they could change or improve on some part of their body, even though these individuals are usually attractive to others. These thoughts of inferiority can result in significant personality and behavioural changes. Often individuals with BDD believe they are so ugly that they avoid social interaction altogether and are unable to function normally because they fear ridicule and humiliation. Even in extreme circumstances, there is hope. 

How we can help:

At McDowall Counselling and Consulting Group, we offer highly qualified psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors who can provide you with the support and guidance you need during this difficult period. Our therapists offer a confidential, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe. We understand that it may be hard to admit that life has become  unmanageable and that you cannot cope. At MCCG we can help you to decrease anxious and critical thoughts about yourself and your body, and develop coping skills for moving forward.  We can help you to feel more confident and improve your relationship with others. More importantly, we can help you improve the relationship you have with yourself.  

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