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Can I recover from BDD?


Individuals with body dysmorphic disorder who are motivated to improve their quality of life can most definitely reduce their BDD symptoms and achieve a higher quality of life. This includes a significant increase in school and work capacity, and most importantly, much improved interpersonal and intimate relationships.

Do you use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?


You probably have read the research data stating that cognitive behavioral therapy is utilized for the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder. Although behavioral therapy, specifically ERP (exposure and response prevention) is an important component of BDD treatment, one treatment modality does not fit every individual. There are some individuals who require more behavioral therapy, while other individuals may respond better with other appropriate therapeutic modalities. Behavioral therapy in itself, without the support of other psychotherapeutic techniques, is usually insufficient for long term BDD symptom remission.

Do you treat other disorders along with body dysmorphic disorder?

Most definitely.

In my many years working with body dysmorphic disorder, I have found that the vast majority of individuals with BDD have dual diagnoses.  As a result, I have found that it is imperative to concurrently address these other ailments while simultaneously treating the BDD. Please see Related Disorders & Dual Diagnoses.

Do you work with clients that live outside of California?


My psychotherapy practitioner license is only valid within the State of California thus a client would need to live within the state to work with me. However, if an individual is located in California temporarily, I can work with them for as long as they are in the state.

What does recovery look like?

Recovery from body dysmorphic disorder is a process; there is no quick fix, however, symptoms can be significantly decreased leading to a significantly higher quality of life. The trajectory of one’s recovery depends on a multitude of factors including the severity of the body dysmorphic disorder when entering treatment as well as co-morbid diagnoses that may need to be addressed simultaneously. Personality traits can also determine the length of time for symptom remission, for instance, avoidant personalities often have more trepidation about the recovery process and may take longer to fully engage in essential aspects of treatment.

Do I need to take medication?

Many individuals with body dysmorphic disorder benefit from treatment with psychiatric medication, as this has been demonstrated in open-label and controlled research studies. The psychiatrists that I refer to are experienced in treating BDD as well as related disorders and dual diagnoses. I do not require clients to take medications, and although it may be recommended, the final decision is always made by the client.

Do you take my insurance?

I am not in network with any insurance providers. However, upon request, I can provide you with a super-bill receipt at the end of each month that in turn you can submit to your insurance company to petition for reimbursement. The amount of reimbursement you receive for out of network services will depend upon your insurance benefits and coverage.

How much does treatment cost?

Please call me at 310-741-2000 for all enquiries regarding fees for treatment.

Dual Diagnoses

The vast majority of individuals with BDD also have dual diagnoses.

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