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Body dysmorphic disorder

We provide services to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in a range of settings

What is body dysmorphic disorder?

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is distinguished by frequent intrusive and obsessive thoughts and behaviours relating to imagined or exaggerated imperfections in your appearance. Children and young people with body dysmorphic disorder can dislike one or all parts of their body and this can lead them to engage in negative behaviours. However, for someone with BDD, the apparent defect seems extremely noticeable, to the point where it can cause significant distress and can affect their day-to-day life. 

Intrusive and obsessive thoughts about appearance can last for a long time and can therefore make it hard for children and young people to focus on anything else. Thoughts related to BDD can have negative effects on an individual’s self-esteem, their relationships with others, and can create issues with school or work. 

Thoughts and behaviours associated with BDD include:

If you are concerned about a child or young person’s physical health due to weight loss then please contact a medical professional immediately.

How does body dysmorphic disorder affect individuals?

Body dysmorphic disorder affects children and young people on a physical and an emotional level, and we aim to address difficulties as soon as possible.

Children and young people suffering with BDD often struggle with other problems such as:

Many people will not seek help for body dysmorphic disorder, making BDD difficult to identify. By not making others aware of the difficulties they are experiencing, children and young people with BDD are likely to experience difficultuies for a long time before receiving support. 

We can carry out body dysmorphic disorder services following one of our initial discussions.

Please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How do we assess for body dysmorphic disorder?

Our team will choose appropriate assessments to ensure a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the young person or child’s mental health and wellbeing needs in order to develop an effective package of psychological support related to BDD. Our team can work alongside relevant medical professionals to ensure that all needs are identified with the aim that they are then met.

What types of support and interventions do we provide?

We provide a range of diverse interventions for individuals and families. Types of intervention we provide include:

Interventions for BDD are chosen to suit the young person or child and their specific needs so may include a combination or something different to the above list.

How much does a psychological needs assessment for body dysmorphic disorders cost?

The prices below are based upon the average time it takes to complete a psychological needs assessment and write a report summarising findings. We will provide a formal quote following the initial discussion.

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Body dysmorphic disorder can have long-lasting implications on an individual’s life, physically and mentally. Early identification of psychological needs encourages positive changes at the earliest opportunity to facilitate recovery. Body dysmorphic disorder and associated needs are complex which is why it is essential that an assessment takes place by a specialist. To book an Initial Discussion or to find out more please contact us now and talk to one of our team members.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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