Body Image Therapy in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Broomfield, Longmont
Physical attractiveness is very important to us, however, the standards of beauty today are incredibly hard to attain, particularly for women. In fact, less than 5% of the female population fits the media’s current idea of beauty.
At Colorado Women’s Center, we focus on helping women to become the best versions of themselves. And, a huge piece to this work is self-acceptance. Unfortunately, this is not easy for many women. In fact, a distorted body image is extremely common in our society. This is an unrealistic view of how someone sees their body. We begin forming perceptions of our body’s attractiveness, health, functionality, and acceptability in early childhood. This body image continues to develop as we age and receive feedback from peers and family members. Many women will not see an accurate reflection when they look at themselves in the mirror. It is estimated that up to 80% of women see themselves as being larger than they actually are.
Women are much more self-critical than men when it comes to their appearance. This is because women are judged on how they look more so than men, and the standards of female beauty are higher and harder to reach. Women are constantly exposed to idealized images of female beauty on TV, magazines, billboards, etc. So much so, that it is estimated that a woman today sees more images of “beautiful” women in one day than her mother saw throughout her entire adolescence. This constant exposure allows women to think that these (photoshopped) images are normal and that because they do not look like the women in the ads, they are somehow not as beautiful.
Getting treatment for distorted body image is an essential step toward recovery. This problem is not one that will simply go away on its own. Self-awareness along with recognition of the feelings that accompany body sensations is very important in this process. We can help you look at the uncomfortable feelings and examine your internal experiences in a safe and effective way, that will give you a greater sense of trust and appreciation for yourself and your body.
Contact the Colorado Women’s Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our amazing counselors and therapists and begin to discover your feminine power and freedom! (720) 810-2355