Outpatient Individualized Therapy
Individual psychotherapy is an essential component of treatment. We use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to address the body dysmorphic disorder symptoms that initially bring clients into treatment. From our experience, cognitive behavioral therapy by itself is insufficient in maintaining long-term remission from body image symptoms. We therefore also incorporate other techniques as needed such as Interpersonal therapy, Schema therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, and Family Systems therapy. Individual psychotherapy also entails diagnosing and treating co-existing disorders. Length of treatment is frequently determined by the severity of the body dysmorphic disorder and other symptoms.
Most individuals with body dysmorphic disorder benefit from treatment with psychiatric medication. This has been demonstrated in open-label and controlled research studies. Our clinical psychiatrists are experienced in treating BDD and co-existing psychiatric disorders. Our psychiatrists work closely with our individual psychotherapists so as a treatment team we can provide the most comprehensive quality of care. We do not require clients to take medications, and although it may be recommended, the final decision always is made by the client.