Psychotherapy for body dysmorphic disorder involves multiple treatment modalities. Although individuals with BDD present with very similar symptoms, the etiology of their symptoms may be very different. Because of this, I need to be very flexible when working with body dysmorphic disorder clients. Although research studies have demonstrated that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an indicated treatment modality, I have found that CBT by itself is often insufficient when treating moderate to severe body dysmorphic disorder cases. Other modalities that I often include in conjunction with behavioral therapy include Interpersonal Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and trauma-based therapies. Because each client is unique, I utilize a holistic approach to treatment and adapt to the individual rather than a one treatment protocol fits all approach.
The severity of body dysmorphic disorder symptoms will determine the frequency of therapy sessions. Individuals who are functioning overall (are able to work, attend school, maintain interpersonal and intimate relationships, etc.) usually attend therapy one time per week. For individuals with more severe BDD symptoms and/or have active co-morbid diagnoses, an increased frequency of sessions is indicated.
If you are seeking weekly outpatient therapy for body dysmorphic disorder symptoms, please call 310-741-2000 or email: info@BDDclinic.com