Janis Rosenberg, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Janis Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

9696 Culver Boulevard, Suite 303
Culver City, CA 90232
310-841-0302
Lic # PSY 15452

Services Offered
  • Weekly or Biweekly Individual Psychotherapy Sessions for Personal Growth
  • Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Weekly ongoing psychotherapy groups for women who overeat and for women in the process of divorce
  • Telephone consultation sessions
  • Half hour supportive or educational sessions
  • One and one-half hour sessions for couples

Areas of Specialization

HEALTHY BODY IMAGE

Your body image is how you relate to your body…how you feel inside this container that you have to carry around your soul or spirit. It has pleasure centers, senses, and physical feelings that color how you feel inside it.

Studies show that body image accounts as a variable for one quarter to one third of self-esteem. (Cash, 1997)

If you don’t like your body, it’s hard to like the person who lives there.

Poor body image comes from many sources:

  • Early messages from nuclear family
  • Experiences with peers
  • The fashion industry, the media, and popular culture or fat phobia
  • Relationships that have cause insecurities

Poor body image leads to fears of rejection, shyness, poor gender identity (not feeling feminine), lack of sexual fulfillment, depression, and eating problems.

Women are more aware and concerned about body image than men are, although men are not immune from it. Appearance is more central to who women are.

Thinness is glorified in our culture. Society programs women to base self-worth on physical appearance. We grow up in a society that stereotypes women according to their looks. In LA we are all especially sensitive to “lookism” since so much attention is given to the beauty defined by Hollywood.

From childhood, girls are valued more for their looks than boys are. Boys are valued for accomplishments more typically. We make assumptions about other people’s character, behavior, and worthiness all based on appearance.

How does a poor body image contribute to poor eating?

How does your self-esteem, including how you feel about your body, determine how you eat?

Learning how to nurture yourself means unlearning self-destructive messages about your body. If I really like my body and want to treat it with respect, I will give it what it needs.

If you take in these societal distorted perceptions, and use them to discount your perception of yourself, you are basing your self-esteem only on an external standard of appearance. You will believe you don’t measure up. Self-esteem problems may worsen with aging, unless we can form a broader definition of beauty and see that natural aging and inner glow have just as much to do with appearance as the external standard, we do injury to ourselves. We need to develop and emphasize other characteristics.

References: Thomas Cash, Ph. D. The Body Image Workbook, 1997

Dr. Rosenberg is a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. Questions for Dr. Rosenberg? Send her e-mail or call her at 310-841-0302