Body in Mind group program is designed to help any 16-19-year-old who wants to improve their relationship with themselves and their body image.

It aims to reduce the impact of painful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours related to poor body image, and help young people develop healthier ways to cope and appreciate their bodies.

One in three young people are extremely or very concerned about their body image.

Body Image is one of the biggest concerns for young people today. Studies show that during adolescence, young people become increasingly concerned about their body image as they learn about what is considered an ideal body.

Poor body image can impact physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. It can lead one to withdraw from social events, become obsessed with appearance, and engage in harmful behaviours. Body image dissatisfaction can also lead to eating disorders and other mental disorders, which can cause long-term health issues.

Body in Mind group program has the potential to make a meaningful impact on the lives of young people.

Program Details

  • Target Age Group: 16-19-year-old teenagers
  • Inclusive: Suitable for all body types and gender identities
  • Exclusion: Not suitable for individuals with diagnosed eating disorders, but we can help find suitable clinicians for personalised support at Mind Up.
  • Duration: 8 weekly group sessions, each lasting 2 hours
  • Format: In-person sessions
  • Number of Participants: Maximum of 8 (per batch)

Session Outline

  • Icebreaker activity to get to know each other
  • Establish group rules
  • Provide psychoeducation about body image
  • Facilitate a discussion on how body image affects our lives
  • Help build motivation to make positive changes
  • Collaboratively set goals
  • Review of goals
  • Factors influencing a negative body image
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Thought monitoring homework
  • Assumptions and predictions about body image (if, then)
  • Challenging body-based thinking
  • Additional thought monitoring homework
  • Review skills for challenging negative thoughts
  • Introduce relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, grounding techniques, mindfulness practices, distractions, and self-soothing activities
  • Relaxation diary homework
  • Review thought challenging skills and relaxation diary
  • Introduce thought defusion and homework
  • Body avoidance
  • Introduce behavioural strategies
  • Introduce step ladder for graded exposure
  • Ongoing review of behavioural strategies
  • Review the step ladder
  • Conduct experiments to work towards the desired goals
  • Create a self-care toolkit
  • Define future goals
  • Group feedback and support

Program Facilitator

Helen Drew - Clinical Psychologist
Helen Drew
Clinical Psychologist, Board-Approved Supervisor

Get in touch

To find out more about the program, please reach out to us directly using the contact links below.

We’re more than happy to answer any questions that you might have.

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