It can be difficult for teens and adolescents to adjust to mind and body changes of puberty. Body Image Problems & Bodily changes such as weight gain, breast, and muscular growth can have a direct impact on a teens self image. A teen may see them as fat, too thin, too short, or focus on a body area (nose, breasts, etc.) that they dislike. When these thoughts and feelings become excessive, this may be a sign for concern. If a teen experiences psychological distress concerning their body image or self esteem a teen therapist can help. Licensed psychologist, Dr. Helene Schwartz-Cohen, Psy.D. has extensive experience helping teens with improving self-esteem and body image.
Body image deals with an individual’s physical appearance, while self esteem deals with the way a persons views their self-value or worth. Body image can be closely linked to self-esteem. As a young person begins to experience physical changes in their body and a stronger desire to be accepted by his or her peers, body image and self-esteem can be greatly affected. Add the social pressures to look like celebrities and models on TV, and in magazines, and teens can experience low self-esteem, body image problems, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, among other concerns. Eating disorders and body dysmoprhic disorder may also become a problem. Dr. Helene Schwartz-Cohen and her colleagues help teens and adolescents to change the way they see their bodies and how they think of themselves. They help teens transform their thoughts from a negative view to a healthy positive attitude.
Dr. Schwartz-Cohen and her fellow therapists (counselors) provide a confidential and comfortable environment where teens and adolescents can discover why they think, feel, and behave the way they do, understand that these thoughts and behaviors are negative, and how to change negative patterns of thought and behavior for healthier ones. Dr. Schwartz-Cohen is located in Plantation, Florida across from Broward Mall. Teens can begin to see their bodies in a healthy and realistic light, set positive healthy goals for themselves; stops negative thoughts and comments, as well as increase their self-esteem. To inquire about a consultation with Dr. Helene Schwartz Cohen or one of her fellow teen counselors, please call (954) 205-0729. For more information about Plantation teen therapist.